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Thorndon Eye Clinic

Private Service, Ophthalmology



At Thorndon Eye Clinic we specialise in:
  • Cataract and refractive lens surgery
  • Retinal and macular surgery
  • Glaucoma surgery
  • Oculoplastic conditions
  • Dry eye

We have an experienced and friendly team at Thorndon Eye Clinic. Our team members are:

Dr Steve Mackey - Ophthalmologist specialising in:

  • Cataract and refractive lens surgery
  • Macular and vitreoretinal surgery
  • Pterygium surgery.

Steve consults from Thorndon Eye Clinic, Boulcott Clinic, and in Paraparaumu and is also a consultant ophthalmologist at Wellington Hospital Eye Department.

Dr Nina Ashraff - Ophthalmologist specialising in:

  • Glaucoma and cataract surgery.
Nina is a fellow of the RANZCO and a fellow of the Royal College of Ophthalmologists, UK. Nina graduated from Leeds University Medical School, UK and did her postgraduate specialist training at Manchester Royal Eye Hospital, UK. She spent time doing cataract and glaucoma subspecialist training at Manchester and Wellington.
Nina consults from Thorndon Eye Clinic and Boulcott Clinic.
Dr Kenneth Chan - Ophthalmologist specialising in:
  • Oculoplastics
  • Eyelid malposition, ptosis and dermatochalasis
  • Periocular skin tumours
  • Dry/watery eyes
  • Thyroid eye disease
  • Orbital disorders and socket reconstruction.

Kenneth consults from Thorndon Eye Clinic and Boulcott Clinic.  He also consults at Wellington Hospital which is where he commenced his ophthalmology training.  He has recently returned from his oculoplastic and orbital surgery fellowship in Newcastle-upon-Tyne in the United Kingdom.  He has also completed a clinical observership in oculoplastic surgery and aesthetic medicine at Bascom Palmer Eye Institute in Miami, Florida.  Kenneth is able to conduct his consultations in Cantonese and Mandarin if required.

Dr Neil Avery - Ophthalmologist specialising in:

  • Cataract and refractive lens surgery
  • Macular and vitreoretinal surgery

Raewyn Owen - Clinical Nurse Specialist
Raewyn has had 25 years eye experience working both in New Zealand and overseas. With over twelve years working in the Thorndon Eye Clinic, Raewyn is very experienced in dealing with all aspects of eye treatment.

Hana Havlik - Ophthalmic Theatre and Clinic Nurse
Hana joined Thorndon Eye Clinic in 2014.  She has 15 years' experience working in operating theatres. She is now concentrating on ophthalmic theatre and clinic practice.

Melinda Lynch - Ophthalmic Theatre and Clinic Nurse
Melinda joined Thorndon Eye Clinic in May 2018. She is a trained ophthalmic nurse and she has five years' experience.

Wendy Franklin - Clinician Assistant
Wendy joined the team in mid 2014.  She has had extensive overseas experience working in optometry in the capacity of a dispensing optician and contact lens fitter. 


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.


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

  • Dr Nina Ashraff


    Available at 230 Thorndon Quay, Wellington, Boulcott Specialist Centre, 666 High Street, Lower Hutt

  • Dr Neil Avery


    Available at 230 Thorndon Quay, Wellington, Boulcott Specialist Centre, 666 High Street, Lower Hutt

  • Dr Kenneth Chan


    Available at 230 Thorndon Quay, Wellington, Boulcott Specialist Centre, 666 High Street, Lower Hutt

  • Dr Steve Mackey


    Available at all locations.

Referral Expectations

Medical referrals or optometrist referrals - please phone us on (04) 499 4940, fax us on (04) 499 0242 or email us at .  Insurance companies generally require us to have a referral letter from your GP or optometrist.

Self referrals, please phone us on (04) 499 4940 or email us at detailing your full name, date of birth, email address, phone number and reason for an appointment. Most insurance companies require us to have a referral letter from your GP or optometrist.   We will contact you to make an appointment.  Acute or emergency eye conditions should be referred to your GP or Wellington Public Hospital if this clinic is closed.


Your initial consultation will cost $205.00.

Follow up consultations are $139.00.

Often diagnostic tests are needed.  The cost of tests is additional to the prices above.

The cost of any procedures or treatments that may be required will be discussed with you at the time of your appointment.


Mon – Fri8:00 AM – 5:00 PM

To book an appointment, contact us 8.00am - 5.00pm Monday to Friday. We are closed on public holidays and during the Christmas period.

We hold clinics at different times during the week at our three locations.


Dr Mackey's clinics are usually:

  • Paraparaumu - Tuesday
  • Boulcott Clinic - Thursday
  • Thorndon Clinic - Wednesday and Friday

Dr Ashraff's clinics are usually:

  • Thorndon Clinic - Monday, Tuesday and some Thursdays and Fridays
  • Boulcott Clinic - one Thursday per month, she has a clinic at Boulcott

Dr Chan's clinics are usually:

  • Thorndon Clinic - Tuesday, Wednesday afternoon and Thursday
  • Boulcott Clinic - Wednesday morning

Dr Avery's clinics are usually:

  • Thorndon Clinic - Monday and Wednesday afternoons
  • Boulcott Clinic - alternate Wednesdays  

Public Holidays: Closed Queen's Birthday (6 Jun), Matariki (24 Jun), Labour Day (24 Oct), Wellington Anniversary (23 Jan), Waitangi Day (6 Feb), Good Friday (7 Apr), Easter Sunday (9 Apr), Easter Monday (10 Apr), ANZAC Day (25 Apr).

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


Parking is not usually a problem as there are metered car parks on the adjacent streets. There is also a very convenient no parking area outside our door where you may be dropped off or picked up by friends and relatives.

Contact Details

230 Thorndon Quay, Wellington


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8A Ihakara Street, Paraparaumu


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This page was last updated at 1:12PM on February 10, 2022. This information is reviewed and edited by Thorndon Eye Clinic.