Welcome to Eye Doctors.
Eye Doctors surgeons are passionate about their jobs. Expertise is available for both adult and children’s eye conditions including cataract surgery, glaucoma, retinal disease, pterygium, cornea, children’s eye conditions, neuro-ophthalmology, eye-lid surgery and blepharitis. Whenever you see an Eye Doctors surgeon you will find they are supported by the most current ophthalmic diagnostic and treatment technologies. We pride ourselves on ensuring that one of our surgeons will see you at each visit.


Note: Please note below that some people are not available at all locations.

  • Dr Mark Donaldson

    Consultant ophthalmic surgeon. General ophthalmologist and specialist in refractive-cataract and glaucoma surgery; laser surgery, diabetes and macular degeneration

    Available at Ascot Hospital, 90 Green Lane East, Remuera, Auckland, 110 Michael Jones Drive, Flat Bush, Auckland, Rodney Surgical Centre, 77 Morrison Drive, Warkworth, Auckland

  • Dr Julia Escardo-Paton

    Consultant ophthalmic surgeon and general ophthalmologist. Specialist in paediatrics and children's eye conditions, with particular focus on treatment/surgery for strabismus

    Available at Ascot Hospital, 90 Green Lane East, Remuera, Auckland, 110 Michael Jones Drive, Flat Bush, Auckland

  • Dr Penny McAllum

    Consultant ophthalmic surgeon and general ophthalmologist. Specialist in refractive cataract surgery, cornea and external eye diseases.

    Available at Ascot Hospital, 90 Green Lane East, Remuera, Auckland, 110 Michael Jones Drive, Flat Bush, Auckland

  • Dr Andrew Riley

    Consultant ophthalmic surgeon. General ophthalmologist and specialist in refractive-cataract and oculoplastic surgery; diabetes and macular degeneration

    Available at Ascot Hospital, 90 Green Lane East, Remuera, Auckland, 110 Michael Jones Drive, Flat Bush, Auckland, 192 Universal Drive, Henderson, Auckland

Referral Expectations

We accept referrals from general practitioners (GPs), other medical specialists, ophthalmologists and optometrists. We will also see those who choose to self-refer by contacting our secretary directly on (09) 520 9689.

Online appointment requests can be made here

The initial consultation is directed by the nature of the "presenting problem".  All patients have an eye chart test to determine the "visual acuity" of each eye. A special microscope called a "slit-lamp biomicroscope" is used to examine the eye.

Pupillary dilatation forms part of the ophthalmic examination because it is much easier to see the tissues within the eye i.e. the retina when the pupil size is enlarged (dilated) with atropine-like eye drops. Pupil dilatation blurs the vision especially for reading and less often and unpredictably for driving. Most people have the legal visual requirement for driving after pupillary dilatation but some (1/10) are disabled temporarily (hours) and cannot drive. You should think about transport arrangements before you see an ophthalmologist.

A series of tests may be needed following the initial consultation:

  • Axial length and keratomety measurements. These measurements are taken either with the IOL Master (laser measuring device) or with ultrasound. The measurements are required for people needing refractive - cataract surgery or glaucoma - intraocular lens surgery.
  • Visual Field tests. The Visual Field test is a test of "surround vision" or "peripheral vision" as distinct from the eye chart test which measures central vision. Visual Field tests are very important in the detection and management of glaucoma. Field tests take about 20-30 minutes for both eyes. There are two types of field test: firstly the conventional Visual Field test which presents bright white target spots on a white background. Secondly, the new Matrix Field test which uses a target that appears to move. The practice has the latest Humphrey visual field analysers and glaucoma progression analysis software.
  • Blood tests - a diagnostic Medlab is conveniently located at Ascot Hospital.
  • Radiology - Ascot Hospital has excellent X-Ray, CT and MRI scanning. The radiologists have particular expertise in neuroradiology.
  • Corneal pachymetry - an ultrasound which measures the thickness of the cornea and is important in assigning risk to patients with ocular hypertension and glaucoma.
  • Colour digital photography and fluorescein angiography. Required for recording the retinal appearances and for diagnosing and managing diabetes and age-related macular degeneration.
  • Colour vision testing and stereoacuity.


Please phone Eye Doctors on (09) 520 9689 and our staff will be happy to advise you.


Mon – Fri8:00 AM – 5:00 PM

Procedures / Treatments

  • Amblyopia (Lazy Eye) Treatment

    Amblyopia, or lazy eye, is the most common condition causing poor vision in children.… More

  • Blepharitis

    What is Blepharitis?
    Blepharitis (ble-fuh-REYE-tis) is a chronic disease of the eyelids, characterised by persistent inflammation of the lid margins.… More

  • Blepharoplasty (eyelid surgery)

    Blepharoplasty refers to the operation to remove skin from the upper lid.… More

  • Cataract and Lens Opacity

    After refractive error (glasses), cataracts are the most common cause of visual loss.… More

  • Corneal Transplant

    What is a corneal transplant?
    The cornea is the dome-shaped window that forms the front surface of the eye.… 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 often present with diabetic retinopathy.  Macular oedema is when fluid leaks into the retina and… More

  • Ectropion and Entropion

    These relatively common problems of abnormal eyelid position are usually due to aging.… More

  • Eyelashes

    Misdirected eyelashes can cause considerable irritation. In the first instance the eyelid position should be checked and corrected if it is a factor.… More

  • Glaucoma

    Glaucoma is a group of diseases that can damage the eye’s optic nerve and may result in vision loss and blindness.… More

  • Keratoconus

    What is keratoconus?
    The cornea is the transparent dome-shaped window on the surface of the eye, overlying the coloured iris.… More

  • Macular Degeneration

    Age-related Macular Degeneration is a common condition of maturity which interferes with the ability to read and see directly ahead.… More

  • Meibomian Cyst (chalazion)

    What is a Meibomian cyst?
    A meibomian (my-BO-me-an) cyst, or chalazion, is a blocked meibomian gland in the eyelid.… More

  • Pterygium

    What is a pterygium?
    A pterygium (ter-IDG-ee-um) is a thickened growth of the conjunctiva, on the surface of 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

  • Ptosis

    Ptosis - drooping of the upper eye lid. 
    As we age it is fairly common for the upper lid to droop, sometimes one eye droops more than the other.… More

  • Strabismus Surgery

    Strabismus (Squint) in Children
    Strabismus, or squint, is the misalignment of the eyes.… More

  • Squints (strabismus) in Adults

    What is adult strabismus (squints)?
    Strabismus (commonly known as squints) is a condition in which the eyeballs are not aligned properly and point in different directions.… More

  • Tumours

    Various skin lesions occur commonly on the eyelids. New Zealand’s harsh sun is responsible for our high rate of skin cancers and the lids are one of the most frequent places these occur.… More

  • Watery Eye

    Tears produced by the lacrimal glands, under the upper eyelids, are essential for the health of our eyes.… More


Resus Café situated on Level 2 at Ascot Hospital provides refreshments including muffins, sandwiches and a range of premium tea and coffee selections.

Hours of business are: 8.00am – 2:00pm Monday – Friday

Closed Sundays and Public Holidays

Public Transport

The Auckland Transport website is a good resource to plan your public transport options.

Get directions


Ascot Integrated Hospital is located at 90 Greenlane Road East, Remuera, just off the Greenlane Motorway Interchange in Auckland.

Outside the Main Entrance to the hospital there is a patient drop-off area and 90 minutes of free parking at the front of the building. 

There is a large carpark at the rear of the hospital, where the first 30 minutes of parking is also free but you may park longer for a small fee.

The rear entrance of the hospital is open from 7.00am – 5.00pm Monday to Friday. After that time, visitors should use the front entrance which is open 24 hours.


Generally most patients undergoing eye surgery are cataract patients who have local anaesthesia and are day-stay. Post-cataract surgery patients leave for home to return the next day for a post-op check.

For patients receiving general anaesthetic, overnight stay at Ascot Hospital is available. 

For out-of-towners and those from abroad, there are accommodation options nearby.


Ascot Hospital has a pharmacy conveniently located in the entrance foyer level 1.

Contact Details

This page was last updated at 9:52AM on December 2, 2021. This information is reviewed and edited by Eye Doctors.