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Professor Mark Elder - Ophthalmologist

Private Service, Ophthalmology


7:30 AM to 5:00 PM.


Professor Mark Elder is in private practice in Holly Road in Saint Albans. He was recently the Clinical Director of the Ophthalmology Department at Christchurch Hospital. He has just stepped down as the Chief Inspector of Hospital Posts for the Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Ophthalmologists. He was recently also the Chair of the College Board of Pathology.
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.


Referral Expectations

We are happy to accept self referred patients. A list of medications is nice plus any other medical details and scan results that seem appropriate.


New patient fees are $195 and follow up visits are $109. Children under 16 years whose parents have a Community Service Card may be able to be seen free.


7:30 AM to 5:00 PM.

Mon – Fri7:30 AM – 5:00 PM

Please ring or fax for an appointment.

Clinic appointments range from an 07:30am start through to 5pm. Other times can sometimes be accommodated by phoning and asking. 

Common Conditions

  • 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

Wheelchair Access


Travel Directions

We are 100 metres off Papanui Road near the Carlton Corner intersection. We are about 1km from Southern Cross Hospital.

Public Transport

There are numerous buses that go up and down Papanui Road. There is a stop on Papanui Road about 20 metres from Holly Road. It is a 100 metre walk from there to the rooms.


There is easy parking outside the rooms and typically the walk from car to the waiting area is 15-20 metres. There is a gentle stair-free ramp too.

Contact Details

7:30 AM to 5:00 PM.

46 Holly Road
Saint Albans

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46 Holly Road
Saint Albans

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46 Holly Road
Saint Albans
Christchurch 8014

This page was last updated at 10:14AM on November 11, 2021. This information is reviewed and edited by Professor Mark Elder - Ophthalmologist.