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Dr Brett Rogers - Specialist Cataract Surgeon

Private Service


8:30 AM to 3:00 PM.

Invercargill Eye Clinic

8:30 AM to 3:00 PM.


Dr Brett Rogers of is one of New Zealand’s most  experienced cataract surgeons.
  • He has performed almost ten thousand (10,000) cataract operations on Southland, Queenstown/Lakes District, Central Otago and Otago patients.
  • Brett performs his Cataract Surgery at Southern Cross Hospital.
  • He also performs various YAG Laser procedures related to cataract and glaucoma. These laser procedures are performed at his private consulting rooms.
  • To obtain the best possible cataract-surgery outcomes (excellent vision without spectacles) requires exceptional surgical skills, considerable experience, and the use of the best available, state-of-the-art equipment to perform preoperative assessment and to calculate intraocular lens powers.
  • Brett's private rooms have always been fully equipped with the best equipment available to help ensure excellent outcomes.
  • He has provided full in-house diagnostic testing for over twenty years.
  • Brett introduced Optical Coherence Tomography (OCT) Laser Scanning to Southland Private Ophthalmology in 2016 and he remains the only cataract surgeon in Southland & Otago (and one of only a few in NZ) to own ‘The Gold Standard’,  ‘Swept-Source OCT' Biometry equipment. (Carl Zeiss IOLMaster700) This provides the most accurate and precise intraocular lens (IOL) calculations possible, to ensure the best cataract surgery refractive outcomes, to enable excellent postoperative vision.
  • In late 2018 this became the world’s first and only OCT biometer capable of measuring the curvature and power of the important inside surface of the cornea as well as the outside surface to allow even more precision and accuracy for IOL calculations, both for ‘regular’ eyes and  in particular for patients wanting ‘astigmatism-correcting' lenses and patients who have undergone previous Lasik surgery.



8:30 AM to 3:00 PM.

Mon – Fri 8:30 AM – 3:00 PM
  • Please advise the secretary that you have arrived for your appointment.
  • The reception area is not attended after 3 pm. Clinics however do continue after 3pm and appointments can be made for later times
  • If your appointment time is after 3 pm please just go directly to the waiting room.
  • Answerphone messages can also be left after 3 pm (for example to confirm an appointment time).

Invercargill Eye Clinic

8:30 AM to 3:00 PM.

Mon – Fri 8:30 AM – 3:00 PM


9 Isle Street, Queenstown

(Queenstown Medical Centre)   

SOUTHERN CATARACT SURGEONS 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

Referral Expectations


  • Many of Dr Rogers’ cataract patients refer themselves directly by telephoning his secretary at 03 2187778
  • Dr Rogers also accepts referrals from optometrists and from other doctors, 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 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 the 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 can allow more precise corneal measurements and therefore the best optical outcome following your cataract surgery.
  • Dr Rogers performs an "OCT" macular screening scan of your 1 mm 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.)

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 treated as a routine part of refractive cataract surgery with Dr Rogers, to reduce the 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 about 50% or more of eyes 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 high myopia or high hypermetropia) 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 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.


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

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, that can bring you directly to Dr Rogers' rooms and then take you home again.

This is an ideal service for those who don't or can't drive, and 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.

A wheelchair ramp is available for easy access.


There are many suitable hotels and motels available close to Southern Cross Hospital for those from out of town who need to stay overnight.

Contact Details

Invercargill Eye Clinic


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9 Isle Street, Queenstown

Central Lakes

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This page was last updated at 11:32AM on April 15, 2019. This information is reviewed and edited by Dr Brett Rogers - Specialist Cataract Surgeon.