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Eye Centre Primecare

Private Service, Ophthalmology


8:30 AM to 5:00 PM.


What is Ophthalmology?
Ophthalmology is the branch of specialist medicine that is focused on the health of eyes and their surrounding tissues, including muscles, bones, eyelids, and tear production/drainage systems. Your eye is the organ of vision and consists of the cornea (the outer clear layer), the sclera (the white of the eye), the iris (the coloured part), the lens (lies behind the iris) and the retina (the light-sensitive lining at the back of the eye). Your eyes ‘see’ by focusing light that enters the eye onto the retina which sends the image to the brain by the optic nerve.
Ophthalmologists are doctors who are trained in the study of eyes. Most will be trained in eye surgery and may have particular areas of interest or expertise. Dr Dalziel prefers not to prescribe glasses for adults and leaves this to optometrists.
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.

  • Dr David Dalziel

    Ophthalmologist, Clinical Director Ophthalmology Northland District Health Board, Director Dr David Dalziel Ltd, Eye Centre Primecare

    Available at all locations.

  • Dr Andrew Watts


    Available at 12 Kensington Avenue, Whangārei

Referral Expectations

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.


Prices current from July 2019

"Southern Cross Affiliated Provider and RSA Agreement holder"

 Base Fees Whangārei Out of Town
Initial Consultation - Adult $164.00 $176.00
Initial Consultation - Child $116.00 $127.00
Follow-up Consultation - Adult $100.00 $106.00
Follow-up Consultation - Child $74.00 $84.00
Retinal Photo $8.00 n/a


Additional Charges    

OCT Testing  $106.00 (Cirrus) Scan for Glaucoma and Macula Degeneration

Visual Fields  $53.00

Syringing Tear Ducts  $31.00


Tarsal/ Meibomian cyst/Chalazion Removal  $181.00 in rooms




    *(These prices do not include the cost of pre-operative consultation)

  • Cataract extraction and lens implant - local anaesthetic with standard monofocal lens $3400.00, extra for multifocal, tri-focal or Toric lenses, from $3488.33 - $5969.45
  • Pterygium excision plus conjunctival graft - local anaesthetic  $909.00
  • Bilateral Upper Lid Blepharoplasty - local anaesthetic, up to $3200.00
  • Ectropion or Entropion $952.00
  • Injection - For Wet Age Related Macular Degeneration (AMD, ARMD) -  $884.00 per treatment.( Avastin, Lucentis) $784.00 with special authority for Eylea.
  • Yag Capsulotomy $296.00
  • IPL $155.00

Please note - some procedures cannot be performed at out of town clinics.


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)
  • Bilateral Upper Blepharoplasty (local anaesthetic)
  • Pan retinal Laser
  • Yag laser capsulotomy
  • Yag laser Iridotomy
  • Laser Trabeculoplasty
  • Laser Iridoplasty
  • Visual field
  • Retinal photography
  • Dilation
  • OCT testing
  • Syringing tear ducts
  • Three snip punctoplasty
  • Intraocular injection
  • Punctal plugs
  • Cautery of lashes
  • Ectropion
  • Endtropion


8:30 AM to 5:00 PM.

Mon – Fri8:30 AM – 5:00 PM

Clinics are also held by Dr Dalziel as follows:
Fortnightly Tuesdays in Kerikeri from 9.30am

Clinics for Dr Watts:
Tuesday 9:00am - 12.00pm
Once a month Wednesday afternoon

All referrals, appointments and enquiries are via Eye Centre Primecare in Whangārei.

Common Conditions

  • Living with reduced vision

    More PDF

  • Cataracts

    Cataracts are the most common age-related occurrence in eyes but may be congenital.… More PDF

  • 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

  • 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

  • Retinal Detachment

    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

  • Squint (strabismus)

    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

  • Pterygium

    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 PDF

  • Avastin

    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 PDF

  • Eylea

    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 PDF

  • Meibomian Cyst or Chalazion

    There are some important primary care issues for managing meibomian cysts:… More

  • Useful Websites

    Glaucoma New Zealand:
    Macular Degeneration:
    Retina NZ:
    Punctate Inner Choriopathy:… More


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Refuel Cafe  ASB Leisure Centre, Western Hills Drive, Kensington, Ph (09) 437 3560

Public Transport

City Link Whangārei  Bus Route

The bus is free for Super Gold Card users between 9am - 3pm, after 6.30pm until the service finishes, weekends and public holidays. 


A1 Cabs LTD      Ph (09) 438 3377 or 0800 438 3377
Kiwi Cabs           Ph (09) 438 4444
Phoenix Cabs    Ph (09) 438 9933 or 0800 438 9933

Driving Miss Daisy 09-430 8091 or 021 503 262


Ample free off street parking.


Kensington Motel
85-87 Kamo Rd
Ph (09) 437 0555

Stonehaven Motel
30 Mill Road
Ph (09) 437 6898


Kensington Pharmacy 
4 Kensington Ave 
Ph (09) 437 3722 
Fax (09) 437 3726

Contact Details

This page was last updated at 11:02AM on February 12, 2020. This information is reviewed and edited by Eye Centre Primecare.