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Capital & Coast DHB Ophthalmology Service

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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.
The Department
Ophthalmologists are doctors who are trained in the study of eyes. Most will be trained in eye surgery, and often have particular areas of interest or expertise.

 Nurses  in the Eye Department triage patients, give telephone advice and are involved with education. They test vision and do preliminary eye assessments and also surgical preassessments.  Some of the nurses have their own clinics.

Optometrists at CCDHB work in conjunction with ophthalmologists in glaucoma and low vision aid clinics.

Orthoptists assess children's vision and help manage strabismus (squint).They also assess and help manage diplopia and nerve palsies in adults.

Ophthalmic technicians do specialised tests including ocular CT scans, perimetry, visual fields and retinal photography.

 Outpatient Clinics are held at:

Capital & Coast DHB Ophthalmology services also provide services to the Neonatal Unit.

Please note:

Waiting times - some appointments may take up to three hours or longer if you require tests and treatment. Please bring a snack with you (especially if you have diabetes).

Parking - parking is available in the hospital underground car park - entrance in Riddiford Street. Limited parking is also available outside the Grace Neill Building - access from Hospital Road. You will need coins for the pay and display machines.



Mon – Fri 8:00 AM – 5:00 PM

The Eye Clinic is open Monday to Friday 0800 to 1700.   The clinic is not open at weekends or public holidays.

Referral Expectations

To be seen at the Eye Outpatient Clinic, a letter of referral needs to be sent to the hospital by your GP or optometrist.

Please bring your current glasses and current eye drops with you to the clinic appointment.

The Eye Outpatient Clinic is a busy clinic involved with treating patients and training medical and nursing staff.

Emergency patients sometimes need to be fitted in. You will often need to be seen by several members of the Eye Department team as part of your assessment and treatment. For these reasons you may be in the Eye Department for several hours. If you are Diabetic, please remember to bring snacks and any necessary medication with you. Please also bring any new prescribed medication with you.

As part of the examination of your eyes, you may have drops put in to your eyes to dilate the pupil so the back of the eye (retina) can be examined. The drops may cause blurred vision and light sensitivity.

You will need to arrange transport home as you will be unable to drive for at least 2 hours. Wearing dark sunglasses will help reduce light sensitivity.

Common Conditions

  • Cataracts

    Cataracts are the most common age-related occurrence in eyes. The lens becomes thicker and stiffer and appears yellow and cloudy.… More

  • Cataract Surgery – Post operative Care and Advice for Patients

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  • Paediatric Cataract Surgery - Post operative Care and Advice for Parents and Caregivers

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  • Corneal Graft Surgery – Post operative Care and Advice for Patients

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  • Dacryocystorhinostomy (DCR) Surgery - Post operative Care and Advice for Patients

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  • 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

  • Enucleation Surgery - Post operative Care and Advice for Patients

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  • Eyelid Surgery - Post operative Care and Advice for Patients

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  • Fluorescein Photography Clinic - Patient Information

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  • Post Fluorescein Photography - Patient Discharge Information

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  • General Eye Care - Patient Discharge Information

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  • 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

  • Glaucoma Surgery - Post operative Care and Advice for Patients

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  • Intravitreal Avastin

    Avastin is a medication that prevents the growth of new blood vessels at the back of the eye, which can cause damage to central vision. More PDF

  • 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

  • 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

  • Save Sight Society

    For useful information on :

    Cataracts, diabetes, eye injuries, glaucoma, macular degeneration and other topics.… More

  • Silicone Oil Removal - Post operative Care and Advice for Patients

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  • 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

  • Paediatric Squint Surgery - Post operative Care and Advice for Parents and Caregivers

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  • Temporal Artery Biopsy - Post operative Care and Advice for Patients

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  • Vitrectomy and Retinal Detachment - Post operative Care and Advice for Patients

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New Zealand citizens or those who have obtained permanent residence are entitled to publicly funded healthcare.

Non-residents may be required to pay for their healthcare. If you were not born in New Zealand and have not previously shown evidence of residency you should bring your passport for verification on your first visit to the hospital .

To check if you will need to pay visit the Ministry of Health website www.moh.govt.nz/eligibility

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Parking areas for patients and visitors are provided as follows:

Main Public Car Park - entrance off Riddiford Street. This is a well lit car park with mechanical barrier arms at the entrance.
Collect your ticket on arrival from the machine on entering the underground car park. All parking fees are payable when you leave the car park at any Auto Pay Station. You can pay with notes, coins or credit cards at the Auto Pay Station.
Alternatively there is an ASB ATM cashflow machine in the main atrium on Level 2. This machine accepts most major cards.

Parking Prices for Main Public Car Park

Monday to Friday

0 - 20 mins


20 mins - 1 hour


1 - 2 hours


2 - 3 hours


3 - 4 hours


4 - 5 hours


5+ hours


Parking Prices for Pay and Display Coupon areas

0 - 1 hour


1 - 2 hours


2 - 3 hours


3 - 4 hours


4+ hours


Wellington Hospital map showing public car parking.

Car Park Management
Care Park manage the hospital car park in accordance with the C&CDHB Car Park Management Plan. Cars may be towed away if parked in no parking zones (yellow lines). Enforcement Notices are issued in Pay and Display areas where no valid coupon is displayed. All net income from the parking is used by C&CDHB to fund other projects such as the free patient shuttle from Kenepuru to Wellington Hospitals or an on-site shuttle service for patients.
Care Park contact: 0800 227 372.


Retail pharmacies can be located in the Newtown shopping area which is a few minutes’ walk from the hospital.

Contact Details

General Enquiries: (04) 385 5999
Fax: (04) 385 5856

Emergency Department: Open 24 hours / 7 days, Phone (04) 385 5999

Wellington Hospital
Riddiford St
Wellington 6021

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Street Address

Wellington Hospital
Riddiford St
Wellington 6021

Postal Address

Wellington Hospital
Private Bag 7902
Wellington South

This page was last updated at 8:02AM on December 4, 2019. This information is reviewed and edited by Capital & Coast DHB Ophthalmology Service.