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  • Laser Eye Surgery Level 2

    Bowen Eye Clinic at COVID-19 Alert Level 2

    Bowen Eye Clinic is able to restart all ophthalmology services from Thursday 14 May. This includes seeing new patients, follow up visits and performing all elective surgery including Laser Eye Su

  • Is Laser Eye Surgery Safe

    Is Laser Eye Surgery Safe?

    Laser Eye Surgery is considered by experts as one of the safest and most effective forms of elective surgery. But what are the actual risks and if something does go wrong, can it be fixed?

  • Preparing for Laser Eye Surgery

    Preparing for your initial Laser Eye Surgery appointment

    Being prepared for your initial laser eye surgery appointment will help you comfortably make the decision whether to go ahead with the procedure. We've put together some notes for things to consider and discuss with your surgeon.

  • Laser Eye Surgery Level 3 Wellington

    Bowen Eye Clinic at COVID-19 Alert Level 3

    Bowen Eye Clinic is following the Ministry of Health and RANZCO NZ Branch guidelines in preventing the spread of Coronavirus and managing COVID-19. Bowen Eye Clinic will offer semi-urgent elective ophthalmic clinics and elective surgery provided in a safe environment at Level 3.

  • Keratoconus Cataract Surgery

    Cataract Surgery if you have Keratoconus

    People who have Keratoconus can still develop a cataract; the damage is in a different part of the eye. There are some extra challenges but the good news is that the cataract can be treated.

  • Victoria_University_Wellington

    Bowen Eye Clinic Scholarship - Victoria University Wellington

    Offering the scholarship is a way that Bowen Eye Clinic can give something back and support research in Wellington. It also helps encourage students to complete post-graduate study.

  • Keratoconus Wellington

    Keratoconus Wellington

    In a world first, over an 18 month period, high school children in the Wellington region were given the opportunity to have their eyes tested for keratoconus, a degenerative and potentially serious eye disease.

  • Laser Eye Surgery Cataract Surgery after care COVID-19

    Your Cataract and Laser Eye Surgery care plan during COVID-19

    If you have had recent Laser Eye Surgery or Cataract Surgery, you will need to continue to complete your course of eyedrops. We can be contacted via email if you have any questions or concerns.

  • COVID 19 Your Eye Safety

    COVID-19 Your Eye Safety

    It’s important to remember that although there is a lot of concern about coronavirus, common sense precautions can significantly reduce your risk of getting infected.

  • Cost of Laser Eye Surgery New Zealand 2020

    Cost of Laser Eye Surgery in New Zealand- 2020

    Start a new decade with 20/20 vision in 2020. If you’re looking into having laser eye surgery in New Zealand, chances are that the cost is one of your main concerns. Along with considering the long term benefits of this life changing procedure compared to the on-going upkeep of glasses and contact lenses, you may wish to compare different clinic prices and what they offer.

  • Presbyopia Laser Blended Vision

    Can Laser Eye Surgery treat the loss of reading vision?

    Yes, most people can then throw away those annoying reading glasses after Laser Blended Vision. We can’t stop the ageing process but we can make vision more convenient and comfortable.

  • Cataract Surgery after Radial Keratotomy

    Cataract Surgery after Radial Keratotomy

    Having cataract surgery when you have had previous Radial Keratotomy (RK) surgery offers some challenges. The traditional formulas used to calculate the new lens power are inaccurate. Special attention to using the correct equipment to measure the cornea such as Pentacam and ATLAS topographers and using adjusted formulas are necessary to get the best result after cataract surgery.

  • Laser Eye Surgery is permanent

    Is Laser Eye Surgery Permanent?

    Laser refractive surgery is intended to be a once-only permanent correction for focusing errors. The laser changes the shape of the cornea adjusting your focus in the same way as wearing contact lenses or glasses. When your eyes have fully recovered, the changes made to your cornea are permanent and completely stable.

  • Laser Eye Surgery candidate

    Laser Eye Surgery - Am I a good candidate?

    If you’ve had enough of wearing glasses or contact lenses and have found yourself reading this, then you’re probably wondering if your eyes are suitable for Laser Eye Surgery.

  • Laser Eye Surgery Recovery

    Your Guide to Recovery after Laser Eye Surgery

    Recovery from Laser Eye Surgery is generally incredibly quick and trouble free and to make sure that everything is going to plan, we arrange a series of postoperative appointments (all included in the cost of your surgical package) for the first 12 months

  • Cataract Surgery Wellington Palmerston North Kapiti

    Cataract Surgery - All your questions are answered

    Cataract surgery is one of the most common operations performed today. It is very safe and recovery is quick. The aim of surgery is to restore your vision (particularly distance vision) as much as possible. Your surgeon removes the cloudy natural lens of your eye (cataract) and replaces it with a new intraocular lens (IOL).

  • Glasses Contacts Laser Eye Surgery

    Glasses, Contacts or Laser Eye Surgery - Which one suits me best?

    If, like many of us, you require vision correction for a problem like myopia (short sightedness), hypermetropia (long sightedness) or astigmatism, there are three main options available - glasses, contact lenses or laser eye surgery. 

  • Laser Eye Surgery savings costs

    Could Laser Eye Surgery save me money?

    You can work out that Laser Eye Surgery is a cost effective option when compared to the lifetime cost of wearing glasses and/or contact lenses. And while you can break down the question financially - only you really know the day-to-day hassle that you face with wearing glasses and contacts.

  • Cataract Surgery Monovision

    Freedom from glasses with Monovision Cataract Surgery

    Many people are enjoying the freedom from wearing glasses both for near and distance vision by choosing to have monovision lenses implanted with their cataract surgery. Monovison has been widely used in surgical cataract practice for more than 3 decades with high client satisfaction rates.

  • Laser Eye Surgery Wellington

    All you need to know about Laser Eye Surgery

    Laser Eye Surgery (LASIK) is one of the most popular refractive surgeries available because it is a safe and trusted treatment that gives you freedom from the hassle of wearing glasses and contact lenses.

    No more inconvenience of playing sport or swimming with contact lenses, wearing glasses to drive or changing them to reading glasses to see the computer.

  • Laser Eye Surgery Sport

    Laser Eye Surgery and Sport

    Laser Eye Surgery can improve your performance and enjoyment of sport by providing freedom from glasses and contact lenses.

  • 20/20 Vision Laser Eye Surgery

    Will Laser Eye Surgery give me 20/20 vision?

    If you have 20/20 vision, you can see clearly at 20 feet what should normally be seen at that distance. 20/20 vision is the term used to express normal visual acuity. Laser eye surgery (LASIK) is the best way to correct your eyesight to achieve 20/20 vision or better again. 

  • Corneal Transplant

    Corneal Transplant Surgery

    A corneal transplant is a surgical procedure to replace part of your damaged cornea with healthy corneal tissue from a donor. A corneal transplant is sometimes called a cornea graft or keratoplasty. A corneal transplant is often recommended to restore vision in a damaged cornea, to reduce pain, or to improve the appearance of a damaged or diseased cornea.

  • Keraring Keratoconus Laser

    Kerarings for Keratoconus

    Kerarings also called ‘corneal implants’ or ‘intra-corneal ring segments’ are a surgical treatment for keratoconus. The small, clear semi-circular rings are inserted at the edge of the cornea. They flatten the distorted cone shape of the cornea returning it to a more normal curve, improving vision so glasses and/or contact lenses are easier to tolerate. 

  • Laser Eye Surgery NZ 2019

    Cost of Laser Eye Surgery in New Zealand - 2019

    The cost of Laser Eye Surgery in New Zealand has remained relatively stable in the past year with prices ranging from $3050 - $3580 per eye. Prices vary within the cities and some clinics depending upon the type of laser refractive surgery being offered. All clinics offer affordable finance options for payment.

  • Keratoconus Corneal Cross Linking Wellington

    Corneal Cross Linking

    Corneal Cross-Linking adds cross links or ‘cross beams” to the cornea, making it more stable and preventing further progression of Keratoconus. The new crosslinks help strengthen and stabilise the cornea which stops the thinning process and further loss of vision. 

  • Keratoconus Wellington


    Keratoconus is a weakness in the cornea (the clear dome-shaped window at the front of your eye). The normal curvature of the cornea becomes distorted and a cone-shaped bulge develops. This causes irregular astigmatism and poor vision. Treatment includes glasses, contact lenses, corneal cross-linking and corneal transplant.

  • Staar Implantable Contact Lens

    Staar Implantable Contact Lens (ICL)

    Implantable Contact Lenses (ICL) are an alternative to Laser Eye Surgery for people with high myopia (nearsightedness) or irregular cornea topography.  Staar Visian ICL Lenses are a form of phakic intraocular lenses that function just like contact lenses to correct nearsightedness. 

  • Pterygium Eye Surgery

    Pterygium Treatment

    Treating pterygia varies depending on the size, nature and symptoms of the pterygium. The two main treatments are the use of eye drops and surgery. When symptoms persist despite medical treatment, surgical removal of the pterygium may be required.

  • Glaucoma Eye Laser SLT

    Glaucoma Eye Laser (SLT)

    Selective Laser Trabeculoplasty (SLT) is a laser procedure used to treat glaucoma by reducing the pressure in the eye. It can be used as initial treatment, instead of eye drop medications, or as additional treatment when medications do not adequately reduce your eye pressure. 

  • YAG Eye Laser Peripheral Iridotomy

    YAG Eye Laser Peripheral Iridotomy

    YAG Laser peripheral iridotomy is the standard first line treatment in closed angle glaucoma and eyes that are at risk of developing this condition. This procedure helps to treat or prevent angle-closure glaucoma.

  • YAG Eye Laser Capsulotomy

    YAG Eye Laser Capsulotomy

    YAG eye laser can treat posterior capsule opacity safely, effectively and painlessly. A YAG laser capsulotomy is a simple laser procedure used to make an opening in the cloudy capsule that allows light to pass through it again, helping you see clearly.

  • Cataract_Surgery_Wellington_NZ types of cataract

    Types of Cataracts

    Symptoms that you may be developing a cataract are cloudy or blurry vision, seeing colours as faded, increased sensitivity to glare, halos surrounding lights, poor night vision and a need for a frequent change in prescription glasses. You may have cataracts in both eyes, but they don’t always develop at the same time. 

  • Laser Eye Surgery LASIK how long does it last

    How long does Laser Eye Surgery last

    One of the most common questions we get asked at Bowen Eye Clinic is – How long does Laser Eye Surgery (LASIK) last? The good news is that it is permanent.

  • Cataract Surgery Intraocular Lens IOL choice

    What type of lens is best for me after Cataract Surgery?

    Due to advancements in ophthalmic surgery techniques and the technology of the intraocular lens (IOL), you can now have your cataract removed and replaced with a lens that improves your vision. When thinking about which lens to choose, consider what activities you do during your day and what type of vision you need to do those activities.

  • Laser Eye Surgery Cost  2018 NZ

    Laser Eye Surgery Cost in New Zealand 2018

    While prices have remained stable for the last 5 years in New Zealand, 2018 has seen a slight price increase nationwide. The current Laser Eye Surgery cost in New Zealand in 2018 is in the range from $3050 - $3450 per eye. Auckland prices are now at $3050 per eye, while Christchurch prices are at the upper end at $3265 - $3450 per eye.

  • Laser Blended Vision LASIK

    What is the cost of Laser Blended Vision in New Zealand?

    Bowen Eye Clinic’s current fee for Laser Blended Vision is NZ $6300 inclusive of GST ($3150 inc GST per eye). If you have never worn glasses before and are now finding that you need reading glasses for close up activities you may only need one eye treated.

  • Laser Blended Vision LASIK

    What to Expect after Laser Blended Vision

    Laser Blended Vision is suitable for anyone with Presbyopia. This includes a range of preoperative prescriptions, whether you are myopic (short sighted), hyperopic (long sighted) or have astigmatism, or a combination. If you have never worn glasses before but are finding that you now need reading glasses for close up activities you may only need one eye treated.

  • Presbyopia Laser Blended Vision

    Laser Blended Vision vs Monovision

    Presbyopia is an age related condition, which affects us all at around 45 years of age, the time when many of us start to struggle to read small print and find ourselves holding our phone further away to read the text.  Presbyopia can be treated with glasses, contact lenses or Laser Blended Vision.

  • Laser Blended Vision LASIK

    What is Presbyopia?

    Presbyopia is the normal loss of your eyes being able to see things clearly up close. It is a natural part of aging that becomes noticeable in your early to mid 40s. It can be treated with reading glasses, contact lenses or Laser Blended Vision

  • PTK Laser Eye Surgery

    Phototherapeutic Keratectomy (PTK) Laser Eye Surgery

    PTK is a minor surgical therapeutic treatment that uses an excimer laser to treat mainly diseases of the surface of the corneal or corneal injury. It removes a small outer layer of tissue from the cornea. It can treat corneal dystrophies such as granular dystrophy, scars on the cornea and a condition called recurrent epithelial erosion syndrome (REES).

  • Cataract Surgery Safety

    Is Cataract Surgery Safe

    Cataract surgery complications are rare with the procedure one of the most common and most successful surgical procedures performed.  Most common complications are treatable and don’t have a long-term impact on your vision result.

  • Laser Eye Surgery Risk and Side Effects

    Laser Eye Surgery Risks and Side Effects

    Laser Eye Surgery like any surgical procedure has some limitations, potential risks and side effects that you should be aware of before you go ahead with your procedure.

  • Laser Eye Surgery Astigmatism

    Laser Eye Surgery for Astigmatism

    Astigmatism is a common eye condition that affects both near and far vision giving a blurred image. It is caused by an irregular curvature at the front of the eye, the cornea, and can be treated with laser eye surgery. 

  • Cataract Surgery Whanganui

    Cataract Surgery Whanganui

    Bowen Eye Clinic offers a Cataract and Laser Eye Surgery clinic less than an hour drive away, in Palmerston North every second Thursday.  At this clinic we can provide all of your pre-assessment and post-operative follow up care by the same surgeon, Dr Reece Hall.

  • Laser Eye Surgery Whanganui

    Laser Eye Surgery Excellence - Whanganui

    If you live in the Whanganui region your closest laser eye clinic is run by Bowen Eye Clinic in Palmerston North where Dr Reece Hall can do a full eye assessment and provide all of your follow up checks.

  • Cataract_Surgery_Palmerston_North

    Cataract Surgery Palmerston North

    Bowen Eye Clinic offers a Cataract and Laser Eye Surgery clinic every second Thursday in Palmerston North giving you the benefit of having your eye care closer to home. This service provides all of your pre-assessment and post operative follow-up care to be done in Palmerston North by the same eye surgeon, Dr Reece Hall.

  • Cataract Surgery after Laser Eye Surgery

    Can I have Cataract Surgery after Laser Eye Surgery (LASIK)?

    Yes, you can have Cataract Surgery after Laser-Assisted In-Situ Keratomileusis (LASIK) surgery or any other type of laser vision correction procedure, such as PRK.

  • LASIK vs SMILE Laser Eye Surgery

    LASIK vs SMILE - Laser Eye Surgery

    We are just not convinced that there has been enough testing of the SMILE procedure to demonstrate that it is completely safe long term or better than LASIK. We don’t believe in trying something because it is ‘different’ or ‘new’ rather we prefer to offer our patients the reliable, safe and accurate procedure LASIK.

  • LASIK vs PRK Wellington

    LASIK vs PRK: Which procedure is best for me?

    LASIK vs PRK. The difference is down to the first step in the surgical procedure.  Laser eye surgery corrects vision problems such as short-sightedness, long-sightedness and astigmatism. Both surgeries work by reshaping the cornea. 

  • Laser Eye Surgery Wellington

    Laser Eye Surgery Excellence - Wellington

    Free, no obligation Laser Eye Surgery (LASIK) assessments are available in Wellington where the full treatment package - from the assessment, surgery and post-operative care is undertaken by our experienced and qualified laser eye surgeon, Dr Reece Hall.

  • Laser Eye Surgery LASIK Palmerston North

    Laser Eye Surgery Excellence - Palmerston North

    At Bowen Eye Clinic we prefer you to meet your surgeon at the beginning of your journey. This allows you the advantage of having a full eye assessment by an experienced and qualified laser eye surgeon and have all your questions answered in Palmerston North.

  • Laser Eye Surgery Nelson

    Laser Eye Surgery Excellence - Nelson

    At Bowen Eye Clinic Nelson we prefer you to meet your surgeon at the beginning of your journey. This allows you the advantage of having a full eye assessment by an experienced and qualified laser eye surgeon and have all your questions answered. 


  • Laser Eye Surgery cost Wellington NZ 2017

    Cost of Laser Eye Surgery in New Zealand - 2017

    Prices can vary from city to city and country to country. The good news is that in New Zealand the cost is expected to stay stable in 2017, at around $3000 per eye, and not increase due to the country experiencing record low inflation.

  • Cataract Surgery Cost Wellington, Palmerston North, New Zealand

    Cost of Cataract Surgery in New Zealand

    In New Zealand the average cost of cataract surgery with a standard IOL is in the range of $4150 to $4650. The amount that your insurance company will pay for the procedure, and the cost that is paid directly by you varies depending upon the type of intraocular lens (IOL) that you require and the hospital you choose.

  • LASIK clinic Wellington reading

    New Years Resolution - Will LASIK help my career?

    Crisp, clear vision without the hassle of glasses or contact lenses is crucial to get the most out of your job where ever your workplace may be - from office workers to those who work outside; all roles can benefit from having LASIK.

  • Sport Laser Eye Surgery

    Laser Eye Surgery will lift your game on and off the sports field

    If you wear glasses or contact lenses then you will have experienced the hassle of playing sport while wearing these or attempting to participate without clear vision. Laser Eye Surgery offers you freedom from glasses and contact lenses.

  • Types of Laser Eye Surgery Wellington NZ

    Types of Laser Eye Surgery - How to choose

    There are many types of laser eye surgery available (LASIK, PRK, ASA, LASEK, Epi-LASIK, LBV, SMILE, PTK, YAG, SLT, PRP). Nobody has the exact same eyes so the treatment one person may be recommended by their eye surgeon may be different to another person. 

  • Myopia treatment

    Myopia Treatment

    Myopia is increasing in New Zealand. The following article discusses treatment options aimed at prevention.

  • Pterygium Treatment Wellington


    The treatment for pterygium can range from eye drops to surgery. Indications for pterygium surgery include red irritated eyes and decreased vision. Here is a useful guide of your tretament options.

  • How cataracts affect your vision driving

    How Cataracts affect your Vision

    Cataracts can affect your vision with decreased sharpness of focus and increased glare on bright days. Driving at night can be an issue also with car headlights. Modern micro-incisional cataract surgery can restore your eye sight.

  • Travelling no contact lenses

    Travelling with contact lenses

    Bowen Eye Clinic has joined up with New Zealands leading Optometrists to give you the best way to take care of your contact lenses when travelling.

  • LASIK IntraLase vs Visumax femtosecond lasers

    Patient and Surgeon experience during LASIK

    This randomised clinical surgical study looked at the patient and surgeon experience with two different femtosecond lasers used in LASIK (IntraLase and Visumax). 

  • Laser Eye Surgery Preparation NZ

    Preparation for Laser Eye Surgery (LASIK)

    Getting ready for Laser Eye Surgery requires a just a little planning and organisation. Following the advice below will get you through your treatment smoothly with great results and minimal fuss. 

  • Laser Eye Surgery Recovery Wellington

    What to expect after Laser Eye Surgery

    Here’s what to expect after your laser eye surgery (LASIK). Follow these easy guidelines on how to care for your eyes and you will enjoy a fast and stress free recovery. Please remember your vision can fluctuate in the first few days but becomes more settled over the following weeks. 

  • Laser Eye Surgeon Wellington

    How To Choose Your Laser Eye Surgeon

    When investigating who to put your trust in to do your laser eye surgery, there are several crucial factors to consider and ask. Has the surgeon had formal refractive surgery training? How experienced and knowledgable are they in the laser eye procedures?

  • What to expect after Cataract Surgery - Wellington

    What To Expect After Cataract Surgery

    Cataract Surgery can give you a great improvement in your vision. It is completed as a day procedure with only a short hospital visit. The modern technique Phacoemulsification uses ultrasound to remove the cataract.

  • Skiing after Laser Eye Surgery

    Corneal sensitivity and dry eye following LASIK.

    This is a prospective randomised eye surgery trial comparing the corneal sensitivity and dry eye function after LASIK with two different femtosecond laser systems. There was no significant difference found between the most commonly used FDA approved IntraLase and the Visumax. 

  • Red Eye Wellington

    Cornea infections (Red Eye) in Wellington

    This study looked at the causes of bacterial cornea infections in Wellington NZ. Corneal infections are a serious cause of Red Eye. Ocular surface disease and contact lens use were the main risk factors for corneal infection.

  • Laser Eye Surgery Swimming-Wellington-NZ

    How to choose a Laser Eye Clinic

    So you’ve decided you want laser eye surgery, it’s a big step, but an even bigger step is deciding  where you should get your procedure done. Your eyesight is arguably your most precious and delicate sense, and if you’re going to place your trust in someone to perform laser eye surgery it is essential that you choose the right clinic.

  • Cornea Laser Eye Surgery Wellington NZ

    PDT Laser for Corneal Neovascularisation

    This is a case study of cornea HSV lipid keratopathy successfully treated with Verteporfin and PDT laser.

  • Laser Eye Surgery Cost-Wellington

    Laser Eye Surgery Cost in New Zealand 2016

    The cost of Laser Eye Surgery (LASIK) can vary from city to city and country to country. Here we have compared the current national and international prices in 2016 and Bowen Eye Clinic compares favourably with its world class service.

  • LASIK clinic Wellington

    LASIK flap measurements

    This study compares the use of spectral domain and time domain OCT in measuring flap thickness after LASIK laser eye surgery. The spectral domain OCT appears more consistent and accurate.  This is what we have chosen to use at Bowen Eye Clinic.

  • Glaucoma laser Wellington

    Glaucoma grading systems

    This study looked at the interobserver variability in grading glaucoma blebs after trabeculectomy eye surgery. Successful modern treatment of glaucoma involves the use of regular eye drops and laser eye surgery. Certain forms of glaucoma (Angle Closure Glaucoma) require YAG laser treatment. Rarely is eye surgery (Trabeculectomy) required. 

  • LASIK facts

    12 Interesting Facts About LASIK

    LASIK is a safe trusted treatment that has been used for over 25 years to help people out of their glasses and contact lenses. Here are 12 interesting facts about LASIK. 

  • Pterygium Surgery-Wellington

    Fibrin glue for Pterygium surgery

    Pterygium surgery can be uncomfortable in the recovery stages. Using fibrin glue to attach the graft rather than sutures can reduce this discomfort and shorten the surgery time for patients.


  • Cornea Refractive Surgery-Wellington-NZ

    Cornea Infections NZ 1997-2001

    These infections are a serious cause of Red Eye. The study identifies the common infective organisms and highlights the current antibiotic sensitivities and resistance in NZ. The commonest cause of infection was from contact lens use and trauma.

  • When to invest in Laser Eye Surgery-Wellington

    5 reasons to Invest in Laser Eye Surgery

    If you’re a Millennial (born between early 1980 and early 2000) and you’re looking to maintain your health and wellbeing, eye care probably isn’t much of a priority for you. But here are 5 reasons why you should be thinking about Laser Eye Surgery (LASIK).

  • Reduced Vision-Wellington-NZ

    Central retinal vein occlusion and liquorice

    Non-prescribed medicines and substances can sometimes have a negative affect on the health of the eye.

  • Cataract Surgery Wellington & Palmerston North

    Cataracts: everything you need to know.

    With cataract numbers set to rise, it’s important for people to know more about cataracts, why they form, and what can be done about them.


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