• Pterygium Eye Surgery
    20-10-18

    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
    18-10-18

    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
    16-10-18

    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
    14-10-18

    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
    23-07-18

    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
    03-06-18

    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
    29-04-18

    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
    25-02-18

    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
    07-11-17

    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
    18-09-17

    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
    04-09-17

    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
    21-08-17

    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
    22-07-17

    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
    19-06-17

    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
    05-06-17

    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
    08-05-17

    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
    01-05-17

    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
    17-04-17

    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
    28-03-17

    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
    04-03-17

    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
    21-02-17

    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
    12-02-17

    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
    03-02-17

    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
    29-01-17

    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
    26-01-17

    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
    23-01-17

    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
    16-01-17

    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
    12-01-17

    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
    27-11-16

    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
    30-10-16

    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
    08-10-16

    Myopia Treatment

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

  • Pterygium Treatment Wellington
    18-09-16

    PTERYGIUM TREATMENT

    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
    10-09-16

    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
    22-08-16

    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
    07-08-16

    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
    30-07-16

    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
    05-07-16

    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
    31-05-16

    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
    27-05-16

    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
    23-03-16

    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
    08-03-16

    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
    26-02-16

    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
    17-02-16

    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
    09-02-16

    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
    06-02-16

    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
    01-02-16

    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
    26-01-16

    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
    13-01-16

    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
    30-12-15

    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
    21-12-15

    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
    18-12-15

    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
    09-12-15

    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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