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Southern Eye Specialists

Private Service, Ophthalmology


8:15 AM to 5:15 PM.


Southern Eye Specialists We offer a comprehensive range of high quality surgical services as shown below. Cosmetic procedures are also undertaken.

Our team covers the following sub-specialities:

  • Cataract
  • Medical Retina
  • Strabismus
  • Oculoplastics
  • Glaucoma
  • Vitreo-Retinal Surgery
  • Neuro-Ophthalmic
  • Reconstructive surgery
We provide for our patients:
  • Optical Coherence Tomography
  • Digital Fundus Photography
  • Fluorescein Angiography
  • Ocular Imaging Ultrasound
  • Laser Photocoagulation
  • Photodynamic Laser Therapy
  • YAG laser
  • Intravitreal Injection Therapy


What is Ophthalmology?
Ophthalmology is the branch of specialist medicine that is focussed on the diagnosis and the medical, surgical and laser treatments of abnormalities and disease of the visual system, the eye and its surrounding structures including eyelids, muscles, bones, tear production and drainage.

Your eye is a complex organ of vision with an inner lining that is part of the brain and an outer layer that is connected to the bones of the face by muscles and ligaments. The surrounding structures, including the orbits, the eyelids and adjacent bones and skin all serve to protect the eye and to help it move and function properly. Your eyes “see” by focussing light like a camera and transmitting the image to the brain by the optic nerve like a digital camera sends the image to a computer. 

Ophthalmologists are doctors specially trained to diagnose and treat disorders of the visual system, both eye and brain, and disorders of the surrounding structures. Ophthalmologists are qualified to use optical, medical, surgical and laser treatments to correct abnormalities and disease. Cosmetic procedures are also undertaken.

Optometrists are the primary healthcare practitioners of the eye and visual system. They provide comprehensive eye and vision care which includes: refraction, refractive correction and dispensing, detection/diagnosis and management of diseases in the eye, and the rehabilitation of conditions of the visual system.


Referral Expectations

Appointments on referral by either General Practitioner or Optometrist are preferred but may also be made without a referral.

Please bring to your appointment:

  1. All glasses which you currently use for distance or near vision.
  2. Any letters or reports from your doctor or optometrist 
  3. A list of all medicines you are currently taking
You are likely to have drops put into your eyes to dilate your pupils to allow a thorough examination of the back of the eyes.  This will make you very sensitive to glare and somewhat blurry for a few hours, so we recommend you arrange for someone to drive you home afterwards.


We are an affiliated Southern Cross provider for cataract surgery at Christchurch Eye Hospital as well as OCT and Intravitreal Injection treatment.

Standard consultation: $200 - $250
Follow up: (same problem, within 6 months): $100-$150
Visual Field test: $147
OCT: $333
OCT Follow-up: $233


8:15 AM to 5:15 PM.

Mon – Fri8:15 AM – 5:15 PM

Common Conditions

  • Cataracts

    Cataracts are an opacity or haze in the lens of the eye.… More

  • Squints (strabismus)

    A strabismus, commonly known as a squint, is present when both eyes are not looking in the same direction.… More

  • Glaucoma

    Glaucoma is an eye disease with a characteristic damage to the optic nerve that transmits eye sight to the brain.… 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


Complimentary Tea and Coffee available 


We have on-site parking, accessible via Kilmore Street.


There is a pharmacy located at Forte Hospital, across the road.

Contact Details

8:15 AM to 5:15 PM.

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Hours: Monday to Friday 8.15am to 5.15pm

128 Kilmore Street
Christchurch Central
Canterbury 8013

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Street Address

128 Kilmore Street
Christchurch Central
Canterbury 8013

Postal Address

PO Box 21 023
Christchurch 8143

This page was last updated at 8:19PM on August 29, 2021. This information is reviewed and edited by Southern Eye Specialists.