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Rotorua Eye Clinic & Central Day Stay Theatre

Private Service, Ophthalmology


71 Fairy Springs Road, Rotorua

8:30 AM to 5:00 PM.


Service delivery during COVID-19

  Service Delivery

- Services will continue as normal with social distancing. 

- Clinical prioritisation of patients in the event of localised lockdown.


Rotorua Eye Clinic is a private Specialist Ophthalmology Clinic providing a service to patients from as far as Auckland and Taumarunui, Waikato and Eastern and Western Bay of Plenty. The clinic is based at 71 Fairy Springs Road, Rotorua and has an outlying clinic in Taupō.

Rotorua Eye Clinic and Central Day Stay Theatre use some of the most contemporary technology and proven techniques available to provide the very best in patient care and service.

Our dedicated and highly qualified team of Ophthalmologists and supporting staff ensure you receive a friendly, efficient and professional service.

Rotorua Eye Clinic is under contract to Lakes District Health Board to provide eye services to the Lakes District.

Our services include:

  • Cataract
  • Glaucoma
  • Oculoplastics
  • Macular Degeneration
  • Diabetic Retinopathy
  • ACC Eye Injury Treatments
  • Refractive Surgery Assessment and Follow Up
  • Strabismus and Squint Surgery
  • Pterygium
  • Keratoconus and Collagen Cross Linking

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.


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

Referral Expectations

Rotorua Eye Clinic is under contract to Lakes District Health Board to provide eye services to the Lakes District.  If you wish to be seen as a public patient you must be referred through the public system via a medical practitioner or optometrist.

Once your referral is received, it is prioritised according to the prevailing publicly funded access criteria.  If you meet these criteria you will receive a letter informing you of this and the expected wait time before an appointment. 


How long will my appointment take?

Depending on what you have been referred for and what investigations are performed on the day, an appointment can take anything from 15 minutes to one hour.  However we always advise patients to expect to be here for up to two hours for your appointment, to allow for any extra investigations or unforeseen emergencies.


71 Fairy Springs Road, Rotorua

8:30 AM to 5:00 PM.

Mon – Fri8:30 AM – 5:00 PM

13B/29 Totara Street, Taupō


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

    Diabetic retinopathy 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… 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


Rotorua Eye Clinic / Central DayStay Theatre provides ample parking onsite, with a designated disability parking area. 

NB:  Visitors/Patients may park vehicles, at their own risk, during clinic opening hours only.

Contact Details

This page was last updated at 3:01PM on December 21, 2021. This information is reviewed and edited by Rotorua Eye Clinic & Central Day Stay Theatre.