Eye Centre Primecare
Optometrists are not doctors but are trained in examining eyes and testing your vision to assess your need for glasses or contact lenses.
Opticians read prescriptions for visual correction, order lenses and dispense eye glasses and contact lenses.
Note: Please note below that some people are not available at all locations.
Monday to Friday 8:30am - 5:00pm
Clinics are also held by Dr Dalziel as follows:
. . . Fortnightly Tuesdays in Kerikeri from 9.30am
. . . Monthly Ruakaka, morning only
. . . Monthly Wellsford, afternoon only
Clinics for Dr Watts
.... Tuesday 9:00am - 12.00pm
All referrals, appointments and enquiries are via Eye Centre Primecare in Whangarei.
A referral is not essential for you to be seen at Eye Centre - Primecare, and many patients are self-referred. However, a referral from either your optometrist or GP is helpful in providing us with detailed background information from your previous history.
New patients need to bring in all glasses currently worn (reading - distance) and a list of current medications.
Patients can expect to be here from 30-90 minutes, depending on whether they need dilating of the pupils, or more in depth tests.
You should arrange to have someone drive you home after your appointment as dilation of the pupil often occurs.
Living with reduced vision
Cataracts are the most common age-related occurrence in eyes but may be congenital.… More
This is a complication of diabetes and is caused by small blood vessel damage within the retina of the eye. It commonly affects both eyes and may cause permanent loss of vision. Macular oedema is sometimes also present with diabetic retinopathy. Macular oedema is when fluid leaks into the retina… More
Glaucoma is a group of diseases that can damage the eye’s optic nerve and may result in vision loss and blindness. Multiple factors are often important in causing glaucoma, but it is most commonly related to in an increase in pressure in the eye.… More
This is when the retina detaches, meaning it is lifted or separated from its normal position within the eye. An acute retinal detachment requires urgent assessment and appropriate treatment.… More
A weakness in one or more of the muscles of the eye will cause the eye to turn or move away from the normal position. This is commonly known as a squint.… More
A pterygium (pronounced "te-ridge-e-um") is a growth of thickened tissue that develops on the white part of the eye, usually on the nose side of the eye, and can extend on to the surface of the eye towards the iris (the coloured part of the eye).… More
Age-Related Macula Degeneration (AMD or ARMD )
Age-Related Macular Degeneration.
Age-Related Macular Degeneration (ARMD or AMD) is the leading cause of legal blindness in people over 50 years of age (legal blindness means that a person can see 6/60 or less with glasses). It is caused by the breakdown of the central portion of the retina (the… More
Avastin (bevacizumab) intravitreal injection can be used for age related macular degeneration, abnormal growth of blood vessels in the retina caused by diabetes, retinal vascular disease and macular oedema. As this is a new treatment many conditions are evolving that it can be used on.… More
Eylea is a type of anti-VEGF drug known as a fusion protein and is directly injected into the eye to treat wet AMD.… More
Flasher & Floaters
Click on the following link for information on Flashers and Floaters. More
Refractive Error: short-sightedness (myopia), long-sightedness (hyperopia) and astigmatism
These conditions cause distance blur. In myopia, the eye has a resting focus at a near distance so that people will be able to see objects clearly at some point close to them, whilst the distance is blurry.… More
Enucleation, Evisceration, Artificial Eyes
Evisceration, Enucleation, and Exenteration are the three main surgical techniques by which all or part of the orbital contents are removed.… More
Meibomian Cyst or Chalazion
There are some important primary care issues for managing meibomian cysts:… More
Glaucoma New Zealand: www.glaucoma.org.nz
Macular Degeneration: www.mdnz.co.nz
Retina NZ: www.retina.org.nz
Punctate Inner Choriopathy: www.pic-world.net… More
Prices current from December, 2013
"Southern Cross Affiliated Provider and RSA Agreement holder"
|Whangarei||Out of Town|
|Initial Consultation - Adult (includes retinal photos)||$151.00||$158.00|
|Initial Consultation - Child||$109.00||$119.00|
|Follow-up Consultation - Adult||$88.00||$98.00|
|Follow-up Consultation - Child||$66.00||$76.00|
ACC - Nil surcharge
OCT Testing $86.00 (Cirrus)
Chalazion Removal $168.00 in rooms
FOR SURGICAL PROCEDURES - OBTAIN A QUOTE/ESTIMATE
- Cataract extraction and lens implant - local anaesthetic with standard monofocal lens $2945.00, extra for multifocal or Toric lenses. From $3069.50 - $4228.25
- Pterygium excision plus conjunctival graft - local anaesthetic from $847.00
- Bilateral Upper Lid Blepharoplasty - from up to $3362.00
- Injection - For Wet Age Related Macular Degeneration (AMD, ARMD) - From $849.00 per treatment.(dependent on treatment, Avastin, Eylea,Lucentis)
(These prices do not include the cost of pre-operative consultation)
A GOVERNMENT SUBSIDY IS AVAILABLE FOR CHILDREN AGED 15 AND UNDER, WITH A COMMUNITY SERVICE OR HIGH USER CARD. (Provided the full subsidy for the year has not been fully used.)
Additional $10 for consultations at Kerikeri, Wellsford and Ruakaka: please note - some procedures cannot be performed at out of town clinics.
WE RESERVE THE RIGHT TO GIVE DISCRETIONARY DISCOUNTS
Note: charges may change without notice
We are an affiliated Southern Cross Health Insurance provider for:
- Initial /follow-up consultations
- Pre-op consultations
- Cataract extraction & IOL Implant
- Removal pterygium with conjunctival graft (local anaesthetic)
- Pan retinal Laser
- Yag laser capsulotomy
- Visual field
- Retinal photography
- OCT testing
- Syringing tear ducts
- Three snip punctoplasty
- Intraocular injection
- Glasses refraction/script
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Refuel Cafe ASB Leisure Centre, Western Hills Drive, Kensington, Ph (09) 437 3560
Single fare adult $3.00
The bus is free for Super Gold Card users between 9am - 3pm, after 6.30pm until the service finishes, weekends and public holidays.
Single fare child $2.00
A1 Cabs LTD Ph (09) 438 3377 or 0800 438 3377
Kiwi Cabs Ph (09) 470 2299
Phoenix Cabs Ph (09) 438 9933 or 0800 438 9933
Ample free off street parking.
4 Kensington Ave
Ph (09) 437 3722
Fax (09) 437 3726
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This page was last updated at 3:30PM on January 19, 2015. This information is reviewed and edited by Eye Centre Primecare.