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Eye Specialists 2014

Private Service


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.

Optometrists are not doctors but are trained in testing your vision to assess your need for glasses or contact lenses. Some also test for glaucoma. 



8:30 AM to 5:00 PM.

Mon – Fri8:30 AM – 5:00 PM

Weekly Clinics: Kerikeri

Public Holidays: Closed on all public holidays.

Referral Expectations

A referral is not essential for you to be seen at Eye Specialists, 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.

Patients can expect to be here for at least 60 minutes, and when glaucoma tests are being carried out you should expect to be here for approximately 90 minutes.  You should arrange to have someone drive you home after your appointment as dilation of pupils often occurs.

Procedures / Treatments

  • 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

  • Cataracts

    Cataracts are the most common age-related occurrence in eyes. The lens becomes thicker and stiffer and appears yellow and cloudy.… More

  • Squints (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 focusing position.  This is commonly known as a squint.… 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

  • 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

  • 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

  • OCT (Optical Coherence Tomography)

    OCT is a test done using the Stratus OCT instrument to measure the thickness of the retinal nerve fibre layer, as well as providing detailed microscopic maps of the retina and optic nerve at the back of the eye.… More


We are an affiliated Southern Cross provider.

We have 4 years quality accreditation with DAA Group New Zealand.


Standard Consultation


Follow up (same problem, within 6 months)


Follow up (same problem, within 6 months) regional clinics


Glaucoma Monitoring OCT




Wide Field Fundal Photography


ACC surcharge


- These are GST-inclusive.


We offer 9 off road carparks, including 2 designated disabled car parks.


The Cypress Court motel is immediately next door. Other motels in the near vicinity include Motel Six and the Graelyn Villa. The above-mentioned motels all offer discounts for our patients.


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Contact Details

19 Kamo Road, Whangārei


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99 Kerikeri Road, Kerikeri


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This page was last updated at 2:26PM on December 3, 2019. This information is reviewed and edited by Eye Specialists 2014.