MB ChB 1986 Auckland; FRANZCO 1993


Dr Kent is one of the most experienced surgeons in the LASIK technique in Australasia. As of 2009, Dr Kent has done over 15,000 LASIK procedures.

Dr Kent regularly presents scientific papers on LASIK at major ophthalmic meetings in the USA, Australia and New Zealand. He has authored or co-authored a number of scientific papers on laser refractive surgery. Dr Kent is a member of both the American and Australasian Societies of Cataract and Refractive Surgery. Dr Kent was elected onto the executive committee of the Australian Society of Cataract and Refractive Surgery as the New Zealand representative in 2007.

Dr Kent's other areas of expertise are cataract and intraocular lens surgery. Dr Kent offers a number of innovations in cataract surgery including no needle, no eye patch, cataract surgery.

Dr Kent was the first New Zealand eye surgeon to offer the innovation of Bioptics surgery - a combination of Implantable Contact Lens surgery and LASIK to correct extreme focusing errors.

Title or Designation

Ophthalmologist & Ophthalmic Surgeon

Post-Fellowship Training

Dr David Kent completed his medical degree in 1985 and trained as an eye surgeon (ophthalmologist) in 1992 in Auckland. He then spent 12 months at Moorfields Eye Hospital in London doing glaucoma. Dr Kent spent 19 months in Charleston, South Carolina working with Dr Kerry Solomon and Dr David Apple at the Storm Eye Institute, Medical University of South Carolina. There he did post-graduate training in excimer laser surgery, cataract surgery and intraocular lenses. He worked at an excimer laser clinic in Melbourne to further his sub-specialty training before returning to New Zealand in 1996 to establish the Fendalton Eye Clinic. Dr Kent was the first New Zealand eye surgeon to undertake formal university based training in LASIK surgery, in 1994. During his time in the United States Dr Kent was involved in US FDA trials of excimer laser surgery as well as research into how the cornea heals after the LASIK procedure.

Full NZ Registration Date

27 November 1986

Vocational Scope


Contact Details

Dr David Kent is available at the following service:

This service is available at the following location:

274 Papanui Road, Strowan, Christchurch

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