Common eye conditions


Glaucoma is a complicated disease that if left untreated, can lead to sight loss or blindness. Glaucoma results from irreversible damage to the optic nerve, often associated with raised eye pressure. As people usually don’t experience symptoms in the early stages, glaucoma is usually detected during a routine eye examination. The good news is that glaucoma can usually be easily controlled.  

If glaucoma is suspected, a number of advanced tests may be performed, including visual field analysis (detecting subtle changes in visual sensitivity), optical coherence tomography (measuring tiny changes to the optic nerve and retina anatomy) and gonioscopy (evaluating the ocular drainage system).

Treatment revolves around lowering eye pressure. This is usually managed with regular eye drops, laser procedures or in rare cases surgery. Risk factors for glaucoma include age, family history, high eye pressure, certain medical conditions, myopia, and steroid medication (among others).

Learn more about Glaucoma here.

Frequently asked questions

What does an optometrist do?

In NZ an optometrist can calculate the prescription for glasses, fit contact lenses, diagnose and treat eye conditions and infections with medication. They can also manage ocular injuries including removing foreign objects. If surgery or specialist treatment is required they can refer to an ophthalmologist (eye surgeon), hospital, or other health care specialist. NZ-trained optometrists must complete a 5-year degree at the University of Auckland before becoming registered.

What is a dispensing optician (sometimes called a “dispenser”)?

A dispensing optician has formal training in optical dispensing. They are qualified to help a client choose frames, read a prescription, discuss lens options, take measurements, order and fit glasses.

What is an ophthalmologist?

An ophthalmologist is a medical doctor who has specialised in the treatment of serious eye disease and ocular surgery such as cataract removal. They do not typically prescribe glasses or contact lenses.

What payment options do you have?

While payment is generally required on the day of appointment, we do offer a number of payment options including Afterpay, Genoapay, QCard, and GoCardless.

Are you open on public holidays?

No. We are closed on public holidays and long weekends as we believe our staff should have the chance to enjoy this time with friends and family.

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