Specialist Eye Centre & Eye Surgery Facility
Hamilton Eye Clinic is Waikato & Central North Island’s Specialist Eye Centre and Eye Surgery Facility
Hamilton Eye Clinic has been servicing the greater Waikato and beyond with comprehensive ophthalmological care for 30 years.
The practice is comprised of ten highly qualified and experienced Ophthalmologists. We offer varying specialties, covering all aspects of medical and surgical eye care, including cataract surgery and medical laser treatment.
EYE CONDITIONS & TREATMENTS
There are many different eye conditions; some are minor and easily treated but others can cause serious problems or lead to a permanent loss of vision. If you are concerned about your eyes, we recommend you have them checked by a GP, optometrist or an ophthalmologist.
Bridgewater Day Surgery is a first class facility that has a calm and friendly atmosphere where the staff are professionally competent and experienced in their field. All the staff work as a team and are committed to providing optimum care and services to meet the needs of our patients.
Excellent service. Made a plan to see me with an emergency. Caring and thorough doctors, very happy!
Tanya Geldenhuys // Hamilton
Most Common Eye Conditions & Treatments
A cataract is gradual yellowing or clouding of the lens inside the eye. In earlier times, cataract surgery was only done when the eyesight was very bad.
Advances in technology mean that modern surgery is less traumatic to the eye. The results are more predictable, there are few side effects and the eye usually recovers quickly.
Growth Over Eye
A pterygium is a wing-shaped extension of thickened tissue on the surface (conjunctiva) of the white of the eye, which grows onto the adjacent cornea (the window into the eye).
Pterygia are benign growths (not cancers), which can continue to grow across the eye and eventually seriously affect sight. The term is derived from the Greek word “pteru-gion” meaning “little wing”.
Diabetes and Diabetic Retinopathy
Diabetes can affect the eye in several ways. It can damage your sight by causing cataract, but also more importantly, by causing diabetic retinopathy.
The retina is the light sensitive film at the back of the eye which changes light into nerve signals that are then transmitted to the brain. Diabetic retinopathy is a potentially blinding complication of diabetes that affects up to a half of diabetics to some degree.
Glaucoma is a common eye condition that can lead to blindness and is the second most common cause of blindness in New Zealand. Fortunately if glaucoma is detected early and managed appropriately in nearly every case blindness is preventable.
Glaucoma is most often controlled with eye-drops, but laser, tablets and surgery are also used in its treatment.
Macular degeneration is the leading cause of visual loss in over 60 year olds. It affects only central vision so there are difficulties with reading, driving and other fine, detailed visual activities.
Macular Degeneration is a type of macula damage with progressive breakdown of the macular tissue.
The vitreous is the gel that fills the eye. Lining the inside wall behind the vitreous is a light sensitive layer we call the retina. As we age the vitreous becomes more fluid-like in some areas, causing clumping of the gel which we occasionally see as floaters in our vision.
As the vitreous liquefies further, it separates from the back of the eye and leads to what is called a posterior vitreous detachment, often causing floaters and flashing lights.