BM BS 2007 Nottm; FRANZCO 2020


James has recently returned home to New Zealand from a medical retinal and uveitis sub-specialty fellowship in Oxford, England. He completed his general ophthalmic specialist training in New Zealand. He had previously spent some time prior to his specialist training as a glaucoma research fellow as well. He initially migrated to New Zealand shortly after basic medical training at the University of Nottingham, England.

At present, James also works at Wellington and Hutt Hospitals as a consultant ophthalmologist, where he has played a pivotal role in medical retinal treatment protocols and helped establish a satellite intravitreal injection service at the height of the Covid-19 pandemic.

His main passion in the practice of ophthalmology is in the utilisation of state-of-the-art ophthalmic multimodal imaging techniques. This allows him to provide the highest standard of individualised care for patients with inherited and acquired medical retinal conditions,  as well as patients with glaucoma. During his time as a registrar, he helped to set up the Wellington regional retinal imaging and angiography service.

James is also a skilled cataract surgeon and uses microincisional phaco-chop techniques, which are widely regarded as the safest and most gentle surgical technique to achieve the best possible post-operative vision. He has a lot of experience in delivering the best possible vision over the long-term to cataract patients who have co-existing eye disease, be it medical retinal conditions or glaucoma.


Areas of Specialisation
Medical Retina, Cataract Surgery, Uveitis, General Ophthalmology

Southern Cross Affiliated Provider for
Cataract surgery, Chalazion or tarsal cyst removal, Consultations and assessments, Fundus photography, Intravitreal injections, Laser iridoplasty, Laser iridotomy, Laser trabeculoplasty, Macular laser, Minor eyelid surgery, Optic disc photos, Optical coherence tomography (OCT), Photocoagulation of the retina or pan retinal laser, Pterygium or pinguecula surgery, Punctal plug or enlargement, Retinal photography, Syringing of tear ducts or lacrimal probe, Three snip punctoplasty, Visual field tests, YAG laser capsulotomy


  • Medical Retina
  • Uveitis

Title or Designation


Full NZ Registration Date

28 September 2010

Vocational Scope


Contact Details

Dr James Leong is available at the following service:

This service is available at the following location:

90 The Terrace, Wellington Central, Wellington