Description

The Ophthalmology (Eye) Service is predominantly outpatient based. From the outpatient area the service operates a variety of clinics - medical first specialist assessment (FSA), follow-up clinics, minor eye surgery procedures, an eye acute clinic, orthoptist, low vision, electrophysiology, laser, fluorescein angiography, preadmission, nurse led clinics, the Otago Diabetic Eye Monitoring Programme and a Vitreo Retinal (VR) service.

Consultants

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

Procedures / Treatments

  • 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

Contact Details

Dunedin Hospital

Dunedin - South Otago

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Southland Hospital, Invercargill

Southland

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This page was last updated at 11:32AM on June 5, 2019. This information is reviewed and edited by Southern DHB Ophthalmology - Otago.