Eye Conditions

An estimated 65% of all New Zealanders over the age of 65 experience some form of problematic visual condition.

The vast majority of us will either be afflicted by, or have a loved one afflicted by, some form of visual disability. As daunting as that may sound many of these complaints can be cured, managed or seriously improved with specialist care. Our highly skilled team of eye-care specialists and clinical assistants not only provide and perform a wide range of services and treatments, but can arm you with the knowledge and information which will help you make informed decisions, and hopefully allay some of your fears and concerns.

Some of the most common eye disorders and complaints in New Zealand include:

Cataracts

A cataract is where the lens of the eye becomes cloudy. The lens of the eye is just like the lens of a camera. If it, the eye, becomes cloudy it stops light being able to be focused on the retina.

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Glaucoma

Glaucoma is caused by an imbalance between the in-flow and out-flow of fluid in the eye, which leads to the loss or degradation of peripheral vision and creates what is commonly known as ‘tunnel vision’.

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Epiretinal Membranes (Macular Pucker)

A Macular Pucker is a resulting scar tissue that has formed on the surface of the eye's Macula, located on the retina. It causes blurred and distorted central vision.

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Macular Degeneration

The macula is the small area near the middle of the retina that controls the central part of our vision and allows us to appreciate colour and clarity.

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Macular Hole

A macula hole is a relatively common cause of poor vision, causing sufferers to experience decreasing central vision and trouble determining details and contrast.

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Retinal Detachment (Floaters and Flashes)

Floaters can look like small specs, lines, circles or cobwebs in your field of vision. Flashes can look like flashing lights, stars or lightning streaks.

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Pterygium

A pterygium is essentially scar tissue on the surface of the eye. Pterygia vary greatly from minor lesions that cause little, if any, visual loss to large, rapidly growing lesions which seriously reduce the clarity of vision.

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Watery Eye (Epiphora)

Watery eye is the common name for a condition called Epiphora, where the eye produces too many tears or is unable to drain the tears it produces.

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