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Fendalton Eye Clinic

Private Service Optometry


8:00 AM to 5:00 PM.


Dr Kent specialises in the following procedures:

Dr David Kent helped to found the clinic in 1996 and specialises in refractive surgery. He offers femtosecond laser and excimer laser surgery to correct eye focusing problems such as short sightedness, long sightedness and astigmatism. He also specialises in surgery for higher degrees of short sightedness using lenses implanted inside the eye (Staar Visian ICL). He offers the latest techniques in cataract surgery and lens implants including no injection, no eye patch surgery with astigmatism correcting and/or multi focal IOLs. He does intracorneal ring surgery and corneal collagen cross linking to treat keratoconus. He does SMILE surgery or SMall Incision Lenticule Extraction for myopia and astigmatism. Dr Kent has done more LASIK surgery than any other NZ ophthalmologist.

We have a highly trained team of eye care professionals in order to deliver the best possible quality of care and results. Our team consists of optometrists, technical staff, theatre nurse and administrative staff.

We are committed to providing excellence in Laser Eye Surgery. LASIK has been the procedure of choice for Dr Kent since he brought corrective laser eye surgery to the South Island in 1997. We have the latest laser technology available having installed a Schwind Amaris 1050RS excimer laser in 2015.  We installed the South Island's first femtosecond laser in 2006, the AMO iFS femtosecond laser since 2013 and Zeiss Visumax in 2017. Now offering SMILE laser too.

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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 specialise in diagnosing and treating eye problems and diseases. Ophthalmologists are also the only doctors who do eye surgery. They also treat medical eye conditions such as glaucoma and macular degeneration.

Optometrists are the primary healthcare practitioners of the eye and visual system. They are trained in testing your vision to assess your need for, as well as fitting, glasses and/or contact lenses. They also test for glaucoma, other eye diseases and disorders. 



8:00 AM to 5:00 PM.

Mon – Fri8:00 AM – 5:00 PM

Referral Expectations

Dr Kent accepts referrals from other doctors and from optometrists for general ophthalmology problems. We also accept self referrals for both general eye examinations and if you have an eye problem that you want a specialist to diagnose and treat.

The majority of people who have laser eye surgery refer themselves to us. We offer free assessments in Christchurch, Dunedin, Invercargill, Nelson and Queenstown with an experienced member of our technical team. This gives you the opportunity to see if you are a suitable candidate for laser eye surgery and to have your initial questions answered. 

Before undergoing LASIK,SMILE or PRK treatments an eye examination with Dr Kent is essential. This is to determine that your eyes are otherwise normal and healthy. It is also important to have an opportunity to meet the eye surgeon performing your procedure and have any questions answered that you may have. This appointment takes approximately 2 hours.

Common Conditions / 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

  • LASIK Surgery

    LASIK (laser in situ keratomileusis) is a surgical procedure that changes the shape of the cornea (the clear covering of the eye).… More

  • SMall Incision Lenticule Excision (SMILE) surgery

    SMILE surgery involves using the Zeiss Visumax femtosecond laser to create a lenticule in the cornea that can be removed through a small incision and therefore correct myopia with or without astigmatism. More

  • Cataracts

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

  • Toric IOLs

    Toric intraocular lenses (IOLs) are used to correct a patient's pre-existing astigmatism at the time of cataract surgery.… More

  • Multifocal and extended depth of focus IOLs

    Multifocal intraocular lenses (IOLs) are used at the time of cataract surgery to give the patient vision at multiple different distances without the use of spectacles.… More

  • Intra-corneal Ring Segments for Keratoconus

    One of the modern treatments for keratoconus (conical cornea) is the use of intra-corneal clear plastic ring segments.… More

  • Corneal Collagen Cross-linking

    Corneal collagen cross-linking with riboflavin (CXL) is a treatment designed to stabilise and stop further progression of keratoconus and related conditions of the cornea.… 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


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Visiting Hours

Dr Kent works most days from 8am to 5pm.


We have a free car park right outside our clinic.


Contact Details

Free Phone:  0800 37 39 37 (08090 DR EYES)

10 Otara Street
Christchurch 8053

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Street Address

10 Otara Street
Christchurch 8053

Postal Address

Fendalton Eye Clinic
PO Box 42027
Tower Junction
Christchurch 8149

This page was last updated at 4:20PM on February 26, 2020. This information is reviewed and edited by Fendalton Eye Clinic.