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Dr Brett Rogers - Specialist Cataract Surgeon

Private Service, Ophthalmology


56 Victoria Avenue, Avenal, Invercargill


SOUTHERN CATARACT SURGEONS' Dr Brett Rogers of is one of New Zealand’s most experienced Cataract Surgeons.
  • Brett has performed over ten thousand (10,000) cataract operations on Southland, Queenstown/Lakes District, Central Otago and Otago patients, over more than twenty years.

  • He operates exclusively on cataracts at Southern Cross Hospital in Invercargill.

  • He also performs various YAG Laser Eye Surgery procedures at his private consulting rooms.

  • Brett obtained his MBChB Medical Degree at the University of Otago in Dunedin.

  • He undertook his Eye Surgery Specialist training at Auckland Hospital and at Waikato Hospital, gaining Fellowships from both the Royal Australian & New Zealand College of Ophthalmologists (FRANZCO) and the Royal Australasian College of Surgeons (FRACS).

  • After working for many years at Southland Hospital, treating a wide range of eye conditions and performing numerous cataract, eyelid, glaucoma, squint and other eye operations, Brett has worked for some years in a full-time private capacity at his "SOUTHERN CATARACT SURGEONS" private rooms, specialising in Cataract Surgery.

  • For his Queenstown, Arrowtown, Wanaka & his Central Otago patients, from Alexandra, Cromwell & Clyde, Brett holds Cataract Clinics at the Queenstown Medical Centre, where he provides both cataract assessments and cataract follow-up visits for his cataract patients. Cataract patients only need to travel out of town for the Cataract operation itself, with preoperative assessment and postoperative visits at his Queenstown clinics.

  • Brett’s special interest & expertise has always been cataract surgery. He is extremely experienced, and has an extremely high success rate and he particularly enjoys seeing the huge and rapid improvement that cataract surgery can make to his patients’ vision and to their quality of life.

  • Brett has had over twelve years' experience using premium, astigmatism-correcting intraocular-lenses (toric intraocular-lenses), implanting over 1,300 such lenses. These special ‘premium’ lenses can give even better vision following cataract surgery than regular lenses and significantly reduce the need to wear spectacles. Brett now offers the option of these toric lenses to over 50% of his cataract patients.

  • He routinely offers 'blended vision' to reduce the need for spectacles for near vision as well as for distance vision, following cataract surgery.

  • To obtain the best possible cataract-surgery outcomes (excellent vision without spectacles) requires not only vast cataract surgery experience & exceptional surgical skills, but also the very best, state-of-the-art diagnostic & surgical equipment for both the preoperative assessment & intraocular lens-power calculations, and for performing the surgery itself.

  • In 2016 Brett became the first eye specialist in Southland to introduce (OCT) Optical Coherence Tomography Laser Scanning Technology to private ophthalmology.

  • He remains the only cataract surgeon in Southland/Otago fortunate to possess this ‘Gold Standard’ OCT' Biometry equipment (Carl Zeiss IOLMaster700) to provide the most accurate and precise intraocular lens (IOL) calculations possible, to ensure the very best cataract surgery refractive outcomes to enable excellent postoperative vision.

  • (This is the world’s first and only OCT Biometer able to now measure the optical power of the inner surface of the cornea as well as that of the outer surface, allowing significantly higher precision and accuracy for the important lens calculations. Brett was the first Cataract Surgeon in New Zealand to offer this option, which is particularly important for patients requiring astigmatism-correcting lenses and for patients who have had previous Lasik eye surgery.)



Referral Expectations

  • Many of Dr Rogers’ cataract patients refer themselves directly by telephoning his secretary at 03 218 7778.
  • Dr Rogers also accepts referrals from optometrists and from other eye doctors & GPs, however a referral letter for cataract assessment is not necessary. New cataract patients can usually be seen within a week. For an initial cataract appointment we allow over an hour. That allows Dr Rogers time to not only thoroughly examine your eyes and discuss the treatment options for your cataract, but to also perform all diagnostic investigations at that initial visit, including intraocular lens calculations.
  • To obtain the best possible outcomes, Dr Rogers performs all measurements and calculations himself rather than delegating those to a technician.
  • Cataract patients are given plenty of time to talk to Dr Rogers and are encouraged to ask him as many questions as they like about their treatment options without feeling rushed. They are welcome to bring a family member to their appointment.
  • To ensure that the front surfaces of your eyes (your corneas) are in a moist, ‘pristine’ condition for more accurate measurements, we often ask you to obtain special lubricating eye drops to lubricate the corneas for a day prior to your visit. This allows more precise corneal measurements to obtain the best optical outcome following your cataract surgery.
  • Dr Rogers performs an "OCT" macular screening scan of your central retina (macula) as a routine part of every initial examination. This OCT Scan can detect unrelated macular changes that might potentially limit the outcome of your cataract surgery or that might need further investigation or treatment before undergoing cataract surgery.
  • As part of your examination, your pupils will be dilated to allow a better view of the deeper parts of your eye and to better visualise your cataracts. That sometimes causes slight blurring of your vision but does not usually have any significant impact on your driving. (If you are unsure or if you come from out of town, you might want to bring someone to drive you home.)


Dr Rogers is a Southern Cross Affiliated Provider for:

  • Cataract consultations
  • Other new & follow-up consultations
  • Cataract Surgery with monofocal lenses
  • Cataract Surgery with toric lenses
  • Cataract Surgery with multifocal lenses
  • YAG laser capsulotomy
  • YAG laser iridotomy
  • Visual field testing for glaucoma
  • Scanning laser polarimetry for glaucoma
  • OCT testing for glaucoma
  • OCT testing for retina
  • Retinal photography
  • Corneal pachymetry
  • Corneal topography
  • and a number of other diagnostic and surgical procedures.


Mon – Fri9:00 AM – 4:00 PM
  • Closed 12.15pm - 1.15pm (Lunch break)
  • Please advise the secretary when you have arrived for your appointment.
  • The reception office is not always attended after 4 pm. (Clinics may continue after 4pm and appointments can be made for later times)
  • If the office is unattended, please just go directly to the waiting room.
  • Answerphone messages can also be left (for example to confirm an appointment time).

56 Victoria Avenue, Avenal, Invercargill

Mon – Fri9:00 AM – 4:00 PM



9 Isle Street, Queenstown

(Queenstown Medical Centre)   


Cataract Clinics at Queenstown  

  • Dr Rogers holds frequent cataract clinics at his Queenstown Eye Clinic held at the Queenstown Medical Centre
  • These are normally held during weekends and cater for new cataract patients from throughout Queenstown, Lakes District & Central Otago, including,
  • Queenstown, Arrowtown, Wanaka, Cromwell, Alexandra, Clyde, Roxburgh, Bannockburn.
  • To make an appointment please phone Dr Rogers' secretary at (03) 218 7778
  • Procedures / Treatments

    • Cataracts & Cataract Surgery with Dr Rogers

      Cataract is a very common, easily diagnosed and readily treatable eye condition that causes deterioration of vision due to clouding of the normally transparent, natural lens, inside the eye.… More PDF

    • Refractive Errors and Refractive Cataract Surgery with Dr Rogers:   Short-sightedness (myopia),   Long-sightedness (hypermetropia)  and   Astigmatism

      These three "spectacle conditions" all cause distance blur, however all three can be eliminated as a routine part of refractive cataract surgery with Dr Rogers, aimed at reducin or eliminating dependence on spectacles for clear vision following cataract surgery.… More

    • TORIC IOLs to correct Astigmatism during Cataract Surgery

      Toric intraocular lenses
      These are a 'premium intraocular lens' option, which in experienced hands can be offered to more than 50% of patients undergoing cataract surgery.… More

    • YAG Laser Capsulotomy following Cataract Surgery

      Not uncommonly, at some time following routine cataract surgery, the normally-transparent thin membrane called the 'posterior capsule', which lies behind the intraocular lens, can thicken and become hazy.… More

    • Glaucoma

      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

    • Glaucoma and Cataract

      Both Cataract and Glaucoma are common with increasing age and many people over 60 have both.… More

    • YAG Laser Iridotomy

      This is a "YAG Laser" procedure that Dr Rogers performs at his private rooms on patients who are at risk of developing a relatively uncommon type of glaucoma known as 'narrow-angle' or 'angle-closure' glaucoma. More

    • Lasik (see section on 'Clear Lens Exchange')


    • Clear Lens Exchange (alternative to Lasik in selected patients)

      Some suitable patients with refractive errors (such as hypermetropia or high myopia) choose to have a 'clear lens exchange', which is essentially a cataract operation done at an early stage, mainly to correct significant refractive errors (just as 'Lasik' is used to correct significant refactive errors)… More

    • Diabetic Retinopathy

      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


    Dr Rogers' consulting rooms are on the edge of the Central Business District and close to a number of cafes and restaurants.

    If you are travelling from out of town, you can have lunch or morning tea within walking distance of Dr Rogers' rooms.

    Travel Directions

    Patients travelling from North of Invercargill can drive to the edge of the Central Business Area on North Road until immediately before they reach "McDonalds".

    Turn into Victoria Avenue and travel only about 50 metres to reach the Eye Clinic entrance at 56 Victoria Avenue.

    (We are diagonally across the intersection from McDonalds Restaurant, and are the third building from the intersection, directly across the road from the ANZAC Memorial)


    Public Transport

    Taxis are able to deliver you right to the entrance door of Southern Cataract Surgeons, at the rear of the clinic.

    St Johns provide an excellent door to door service for those travelling from out of town, from as far away as even Queenstown and Gore. They can bring you directly to Dr Rogers' rooms or to Southern Cross Hospital and then take you home again.

    This is an ideal service for those who don't or can't drive, and for those who don't want to ask others to drive them to their appointments.

    To find out more about St John Health Shuttle or to book a journey, call toll free on 0800 000 606


    Off-street parking is available at Dr Rogers' private rooms. Just drive down the driveway beside the clinic building.

    You can park very close to the main entrance doors, at the rear of the building.

    A wheelchair ramp is available for easy access.


    For those coming from Queenstown/ Central Otago, Te Anau or further afield who choose to stay overnight after their cataract surgery, there are many suitable hotels and motels available close to Southern Cross Hospital.

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    This page was last updated at 4:03PM on September 3, 2021. This information is reviewed and edited by Dr Brett Rogers - Specialist Cataract Surgeon.