Ophthalmology at Bowen

At Bowen Hospital we specialise in providing ophthalmology services to diagnose and treat eye injuries, infections, disease, and other disorders of the eye.

Our Ophthalmologists are highly experienced and qualified ophthalmic surgeons who can provide a wide range of specialised eye surgeries and treatments for people of all ages.

Ophthalmology at Bowen

Ophthalmology services available:

  • Cataract surgery
  • Refractive lens exchange
  • Glaucoma
  • Macular and vitreoretinal surgery
  • Oculoplastics and orbital disorders
  • Dry eyes
  • Pterygium surgery
  • Strabismus surgery
  • Squint management
  • General Ophthalmology
  • Diabetic retinopathy treatment
  • Retinal vein occlusion treatment
  • Vitrectomy
  • Eyelid surgery
  • Keratoconus treatment
  • Neuro-ophthalmology
  • Chalazion or tarsal cyst removal
  • Laser iridotomy
  • Laser trabeculoplasty
  • Macular laser
  • Optic disc photos
  • Optical coherence tomography (OCT)
  • Photocoagulation of the retina
  • Paediatric ophthalmology
  • Eyelid malignancies
  • Lacrimal and tear duct surgery
  • Corneal disease

How do I know if I need to see an Ophthalmologist?

If you are experiencing any eye issues you can visit your preferred Optometrist or General Practitioner who will undertake an eye examination. Your Optometrist or General Practitioner will refer you to an Ophthalmologist who specialises in the condition or eye issue you are experiencing.

Looking after your eye health is very important. Not only does an eye test tell you if you need glasses but it also detects for any common and not-so-common medical conditions early. It is recommended that you have an eye test at least every two years, if you notice any difference in your vision, start to experience changes or symptoms to your eyes, or fall into a certain age group such as over 40 where eye changes can occur.

Can I refer myself to an Ophthalmologist?

You can contact your preferred Ophthalmologist who privately practices at Bowen Hospital. Many of our Ophthalmologists provide consultations at their preferred clinic. Surgery or other eye procedures may be performed at our Bowen Hospital.

Do I have to stay overnight after an eye procedure?

Ophthalmology surgeries and procedures are day services. You will need someone to bring you to our Bowen Hospital and take you home afterwards. You will be in hospital for a few hours which includes your post-operative stay where you will enjoy our modern day stay recovery suite.

Paediatric Strabismus

Strabismus is misaligned or not straight eyes and is found in young children. Sometimes children may hold their heads tiled or turned to one side. Strabismus is often an isolated issue which can be associated with decreased vision. In some cases, strabismus can be a sign of more serious eye conditions or neurological disease.

The misalignment of children’s eyes is often noticed by parents and whānau/family, teachers, general practitioners, or paediatricians.

A referral is required to an Ophthalmologist who specialises in paediatric strabismus for evaluation of the condition. Your preferred Paediatric Ophthalmologist will work with you on a treatment plan.

Ophthalmologists at Bowen Hospital

We are proud to be a centre that provides specialised ophthalmic services for our Te Whanganui-a-Tara Wellington community. Our Ophthalmologists are highly reputable and experts in their specialty and lead in ophthalmology treatments, procedures, and surgeries.