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Farewell to a legend
SES, 04 March 2022

Dr Allan Simpson leaves SES   With Dr Simpson retiring at the start of 2022, we have lost an incredible doctor, a true gentleman, a champion of nature and a wonderful colleague. Joining Southern Eye Specialists shortly after its inception,... Read more >

Dr Rebecca Stack arrives to the RANZCO Board
SES, 14 February 2022

We are proud to share the news of our very own Dr Stack joining the Board of the Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Ophthalmologists (RANZCO). Dr Rebecca Stack is certainly well-equipped to deal with the work ahead. As... Read more >

Welcome to the team
SES, 10 February 2022

  Dr Genevieve Oliver joins Southern Eye Specialists We are excited to announce that Dr Genevieve Oliver has arrived at Southern Eye Specialists. Dr Oliver has recently returned to Christchurch after spending the last decade gathering valuable experience and expertise at... Read more >

The point of view
SES, 10 November 2021

Some doctors might deliver abstraction and pontificating when asked why they joined the profession. For Dr Jo-Anne Pon the answer is clear-cut. “I wanted to do something to help people,” she says.  “And I’m no good at art… and I’m... Read more >

Construction, extinction and occasional delectation
SES, 02 September 2021

Our August birdwalk certainly covers some ground…   Bleak weather and melancholic thoughts beset our urban explorers during their late-winter bird watching trip. Dr Allan Simpson describes the journey around the city, to the coast, through our history and into... Read more >

Sure to rise
SES, 20 July 2021

Our mid-winter birdwalk grapples with history repeating itself... Our June Birdwalk came just a day or two after Canterbury’s “one-in-two hundred-year” flood, a nonsense description now that we have such rapid climate change. But it got me thinking about flooding... Read more >

Technology helping glaucoma diagnosis
SES, 27 June 2021

Heidelberg Spectralis OCT in the spotlight at SES   In June we were lucky to host Dr Rahul Dwivedi for his astute presentation on glaucoma diagnosis and how new technology is leading the way in early detection and diagnosis.  After... Read more >

How Locke led the Loop
SES, 14 June 2021

Our birdwalk pays tribute to a champion of the Avon It was a warm May afternoon and great to be marching out in the fresh air. Once again there were the usual suspects out and about – Sparrows, Blackbirds and a... Read more >

The beauty of birds
SES, 11 June 2021

How eagle-eyed Ann captures her remarkable images  The screens in our waiting rooms are providing patients with some wonderful insight into the lives of our feathered friends thanks to the skill of one particularly talented team member… Our patients will... Read more >

A generous journey
SES, 02 June 2021

Looking back on (and forward to) Movember.   In 2020 Daniel Freeman put his best foot forward for Movember, raising over $1000 for the charity. Now his recent attendance at a Movember ‘Hall of Fame’ breakfast has inspired our ophthalmic... Read more >

A crowded house at our recent 4S seminar
SES, 10 April 2021

Dr James Borthwick presents on Geographic Atrophy, the ‘other’ blinding AMD Our March seminar was a popular one, with plenty of local optometrists arriving eager to learn from Dr Borthwick about the latest research into treatment for Geographic Atrophy (GA).... Read more >

RANZCO 2021 arrives in ChCh
SES, 04 April 2021

Close to home event far and away a hit with attendees The RANZCO 2021 Branch Meeting recently took place in Christchurch, the first time we’ve hosted it here since prior to the earthquakes. It proved worth the wait, the event... Read more >

On fish, feathers and good friends…
SES, 26 March 2021

Our latest birdwalk makes fresh discoveries   With a greeting to autumn, a farewell for Donna, and a welcome to trout, the tenth Southern Eye Birdwalk proved a bittersweet journey for Dr Allan Simpson and his fellow travellers. The March... Read more >

Reconnecting before Christmas
SES, 10 December 2020

Our annual event draws crowd, conversation, good cheer   It was a night of equal amounts of helpful insight and heartfelt catch-ups as the SES team of doctors met with many from our local network for our Christmas seminar event.... Read more >

A world of penguins
SES, 06 December 2020

  The last Birdwalk for 2020 looks beyond the city The eighth instalment of Southern Eye on the River sees our exploring team visit larger than life penguins and get the best view yet of the breeding season within ‘Apocalypse... Read more >

Spring in the step
SES, 14 October 2020

The team go off piste in this month’s birdwalk     September 1st was Birdwalk Tuesday and the first day of Spring. But Winter had its last fling with a cold snap that rained on the river and snowed on... Read more >

Up to the Challenge
SES, 08 October 2020

Our SES team conquers the course After pushing their limits across 30 kilometres of a rugged North Canterbury landscape our SES team arrived at the finish line with tired muscles and big smiles. The Spring Challenge has become a bit... Read more >

Optometrist professional development gets easier…
SES, 02 September 2020

The S4 Seminar Series debuts online     Optometrists can now earn CPD points online with our new approach to remote learning. Our 4S Seminar Series provides optometrists with the knowledge to increase their expertise and gain CPD points. It... Read more >

The point of view
SES, 30 August 2020

A chat with Dr Jim Borthwick     Jim Borthwick has been at the vanguard of eye surgery in the South Island for decades now, starting Southern Eye Specialists back in 1994 and helping to take the clinic to where... Read more >

Knit together
SES, 10 August 2020

A wonderful pastime and a helping hand   We’re making time spent in reception more interesting for our patients and, ultimately, their efforts here more rewarding for those in need. Our knitting project first started in 2019 when Rose, one... Read more >

A wild goose chase?
SES, 31 July 2020

  This month’s birdwalk proves anything but… Chris and Justin joined me for the July Birdwalk. Starting out I expressed my anxiety that one of these months we might see nothing new. I might be taking them on a wild... Read more >

Proof positive
SES, 04 April 2020

SES recognised for clinical trial expertise. Running clinical studies can be demanding. There are a large number of complex processes to undertake, and substantial work is required in administration. However the effort is worth it. Every piece of information collected... Read more >