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Dr Brett Rogers - Specialist Cataract Surgeon

Private Service


56 Victoria Avenue, Avenal, Invercargill

9:00 AM to 4:00 PM.


SOUTHERN CATARACT SURGEONS' Dr Brett Rogers of is one of New Zealand’s most experienced cataract surgeons.
  • Brett currently performs all of his Cataract Surgery at Southern Cross Hospital.
  • To obtain the best possible cataract-surgery outcomes (excellent vision without spectacles) requires not only vast cataract surgical experience & exceptional surgical skills, but also the use of the very best, state-of-the-art equipment for both the preoperative assessment & the intraocular lens-power calculations, and to perform the surgery itself.
  • Brett has performed almost ten thousand (10,000) cataract operations on Southland, Queenstown/Lakes District, Central Otago and Otago patients.
  • In 2016, SOUTHERN CATARACT SURGEONS became the first eye specialists in Southland to introduce Optical Coherence Tomography (OCT) Laser Scanning Technology to private ophthalmology. They remain the only cataract surgeons in Southland/Otago (and one of only a few centres in NZ) to possess ‘'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 and to enable excellent postoperative vision.
  • This (Carl Zeiss IOLMaster700) is the world’s first and only OCT biometer capable of measuring the curvature and power of the important (but previously unmeasurable) inside surface of the cornea (as well as the outside surface) to allow even higher precision and accuracy for the very important IOL calculations, both for ‘regular’ eyes and  in particular for patients wanting ‘astigmatism-correcting' lenses and for patients who have undergone previous Lasik surgery.
  • Brett  was the first Cataract Surgeon in New Zealand to offer this.
  • At SOUTHERN CATARACT SURGEONS we also perform various YAG Laser procedures related to cataract and glaucoma.
  • We have always been fully equipped with the best equipment available to help ensure excellent outcomes.
  • We have provided full in-house diagnostic testing for over twenty years.



56 Victoria Avenue, Avenal, Invercargill

9:00 AM to 4:00 PM.

Mon – Fri9:00 AM – 4:00 PM



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.)

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 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 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

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.

Contact Details

CATARACT ASSESSMENT CLINICS are held daily at SOUTHERN CATARACT SURGEONS at 56 Victoria Avenue, in Invercargill. For appointments phone Dr Rogers' secretary at (03) 218 7778

56 Victoria Avenue
Southland 9810

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Dr Brett Rogers
56 Victoria Avenue
Invercargill 9810

This page was last updated at 12:08AM on June 19, 2020. This information is reviewed and edited by Dr Brett Rogers - Specialist Cataract Surgeon.