The following specialised eye treatments are also available at Bowen Eye Clinic. 

  • Staar Visian ICL alternative LASIK Wellington

    STAAR VISIAN ICL

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    STAAR VISIAN ICL

    Implantable Contact Lens (ICL) is an alternative to Laser Eye Surgery. An implantable contact lens is placed in the front part of the eye removing your need for glasses. ICL is suitable for people aged 21-45 years old and can treat people with their glasses strength from +10.0 to -18.0D and with people who have astigmatism. 

    ICL is a perfect treatment for those with high strength glasses (refractive error) and excellent for people who have thin corneas. 

    Surgery
    ICL surgery is performed as a day procedure at Bowen Hospital with a local anaesthetic. The recovery is quick, normally just a few days, and is considered a permanent correction of your vision.

    Results
    Excellent vision results can be achieved with Staar Visian ICL.  

    For diagnosis and treatment with an ICL call 0800-69-20-20

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  • Pterygium Surgery-Wellington-NZ

    Pterygium & Pinguecula

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    Pterygium Surgery-Wellington-NZ

    Pterygium & Pinguecula


    A Pterygium (Surfer's Eye) is a wing-shaped growth on the surface of the eye causing redness, irritation and sometimes decreased vision. This is normally due to excess UV light exposure from spending a lot of time outside on the water or snow. A pterygium usually grows on the nose side of the eye but occasionally can grow in from both sides of the eye. A pinguecula is a smaller version of a pterygium that has not yet grown onto the cornea.

    Surgery
    Pterygium surgery removes the growth and a small graft from under your eyelid is used to help heal and minimise the chance of a re-growth. To minimise the discomfort, Fibrin glue is used to attach the graft. This also reduces the surgical time. Surgery is done under local anaesthetic at the Bowen Eye Clinic, Bowen Hospital or Southern Cross Hospital in Wellington or Crest Hospital in Palmerston North. There is some mild to moderate discomfort in the recovery period. 

    Results
    The cosmetic results from pterygium surgery are excellent. There is a low recurrence rate of 1%, which usually occurs after surgery in the first 3 months. We recommend the use of sunglasses to reduce UV light exposure to protect your eyes from sun, wind and dust. 

    For diagnosis and treatment of your Pterygium call 0800-69-20-20

  • Eyelid surgery Blepharoplasty Wellington

    Eyelid Surgery

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    Eyelid surgery Blepharoplasty Wellington

    Eyelid Surgery

    A number of minor eyelid surgery procedures are available at Bowen Eye Clinic, from simple cyst removal to blepharoplasty and ectropion repairs. These are all done as a day procedure with local anaesthetic. 

    For diagnosis and treatment for eye lid surgery call 0800-69-20-20

  • Keratoconus-Wellington

    Keratoconus

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    Keratoconus

    Keratoconus is a progressive disease of the cornea that affects young people, causing blindness. The cornea is the very front clear part of the eye, which is curved, a bit like the front glass on a watch. The cornea function is to bend and focus light onto the retina at the back of your eye. In keratoconus, the cornea becomes very thin, irregular, and cone shaped and can no longer focus the light, causing blurred vision.

    Treatment
    When the keratoconus is mild, glasses will usually correct the defocus of light. When the keratoconus is moderate, only a rigid contact lens can correct the defocus. These contact lenses can be uncomfortable and are not always tolerated. 

    When the keratoconus is severe, a corneal transplant may be the only option to restore your vision (DALK/PK). Corneal Cross-Linking is a treatment to stop progression of the keratoconus and may reduce the need for rigid contact lenses or a corneal transplant.

    Results
    A corneal transplant is indicated when your contact lens is no longer tolerant or no longer produces satisfactory vision. Corneal transplants for keratoconus offer the best results, however, patients need life-long follow-up care and can sometimes reject their transplant. The corneal graft register shows a 85% graft survival at 10 years. 

    For diagnosis and treatment of your Keratoconus call 0800-69-20-20

  • Cornea Cross Linking-Wellington

    Corneal Cross-Linking

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    Cornea Cross Linking-Wellington

    Corneal Cross-Linking

    Procedure
    Corneal Cross-Linking (CXL) is a break-through in medical ophthalmic science and gives hope to keratoconus patients. Keratoconus is a progressive eye disease where the cornea becomes thin, irregular, and cone shaped. CXL halts the progress of keratoconus by increasing the rigidity of the cornea with a single, quick treatment.

    Treatment
    CXL is a day procedure done with local anaesthetic.  At the Bowen Eye Clinic we use a high fluence corneal cross-linker with accelerated cross-linking to slow the progression of your keratoconus. The cornea is first treated with Riboflavin, then, ultra-violet light treatment completes a chemical reaction for collagen cross-linking in the cornea. The procedure treats one eye at a time. Recovery time normally takes 2-5 days.

    Results
    Cross-linking has been shown in randomised controlled studies to stop the progression of keratoconus. This will stop your vision worsening and may keep you in glasses or contact lenses and prevent the need for corneal transplantation. Normally only one treatment per eye is required. 

    For diagnosis and treatment for Corneal Cross-Linking call 0800-69-20-20

  • Cornea Transplant Eye Surgery-Wellington

    Corneal Transplant Surgery

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    Corneal Transplant Surgery

    Corneal transplant surgery techniques have advanced in the last 10 years. Current new techniques include partial thickness grafts (DSAEK, DALK) and traditional full thickness grafts such as penetrating keratoplasty. These techniques can treat the common corneal diseases of keratoconus, fuchs endothelial dystrophy and corneal scarring. 

    For diagnosis and treatment for a Corneal Transplant call 0800-69-20-20

  • Glaucoma treatment-Wellington-NZ

    Glaucoma

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    Glaucoma

    Glaucoma is an eye disease that can cause irreversible vision loss without you even knowing. At Bowen Eye Clinic we can offer early diagnosis and treatment and ongoing monitoring of your glaucoma. 

    For diagnosis and treatment of your Glaucoma call 0800-69-20-20

  • Macular degeneration ARMD Avastin Wellington

    Macular Degeneration - Avastin

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    Macular degeneration ARMD Avastin Wellington

    Macular Degeneration - Avastin

    Age-Related Macular Degeneration (ARMD) is an eye condition that for a long time ophthalmologists have not been able to treat. A recent advance has been the introduction of anti-VEGF drugs such as Intravitreal Avastin. At Bowen Eye Clinic we can offer early diagnosis and treatment of ARMD and ongoing monitoring of your ARMD. 

    For diagnosis and treatment of your ARMD call 0800-69-20-20

  • Dry Eye-Wellington

    Dry Eyes

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    Dry Eyes

    There are a number of causes for dry eye. Evaporative tear loss (Meibomian dysfunction) or insufficient tear production (Aqueous dysfunction).  At Bowen Eye Clinic we can help with the diagnosis and offer a number of tailored treatments. We can offer treatments with punctual plugs, cyclosporine and serum eyedrops and blephasteam goggles depending on the cause and type of your dry eyes. 

    For diagnosis and treatment of your Dry Eye call 0800-69-20-20

  • Red Eye Wellington

    Red Eye Treatment

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    Red Eye Wellington

    Red Eye Treatment

    Red eye can be caused by a number of conditions. Some are benign, whereas others can be more severe and affect your vision. Most conditions of red eye can be treated with eye drops. 

    For diagnosis and treatment of your Red Eyes call 0800-69-20-20

  • YAG Laser Eye Surgery Wellington

    Yag Eye Laser

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    YAG Laser Eye Surgery Wellington

    Yag Eye Laser

    Cataract surgery is highly successful in restoring your sight from cataracts. The new intraocular lens used in cataract surgery is very durable and essentially lasts forever. But in a small percentage of cases (<5%) a fog can grow over the vision in the first year after successful cataract surgery or even after 10 years. This is caused by small cells multiplying on the bag that the intraocular lens sits in. It can be easily treated with a YAG Laser posterior capsulotomy. This is minor laser eye surgery performed in the clinic with the YAG Laser during a short visit and has a very fast recovery. Your vision would normally improve by the next day.

    Call 0800 MY 20 20 to book your consultation with Dr Reece Hall.

  • Glaucoma Laser Eye Surgery

    Selective Laser Trabeculoplasty (SLT)

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    Glaucoma Laser Eye Surgery

    Selective Laser Trabeculoplasty (SLT)

    Selective Laser Trabeculoplasty (SLT) is a laser eye treatment used to lower eye pressure in patients with Glaucoma. It can be used when glaucoma eyedrops are no longer effective at lowering the eye pressure or when eyedrops are causing side effects. SLT eye laser treatment can also reduce the need for eyedrops altogether or provide extra eye pressure lowering when still using eyedrops. It can be effective in over 75% of people and has no significant side effects. It can also be used as a first line treatment before any eyedrops are started in people with a new diagnosis of Glaucoma.

    How does SLT work?

    SLT is an infrared laser that is absorbed by selected pigment tissue cells in the drainage angle of the eye. It is thought to stimulate the immune system to clean the eyes drainage channels (Trabecular meshwork) and remove blockages. This allows fluid to drain more easily from the eye and therefore lowers the eye pressure.

    How is SLT performed?

    SLT is a safe and straight forward procedure done only with local anaesthetic eye drops. It is normally completed in clinic by the eye specialist and is completed in under 10 minutes for each eye.

    Expectations of SLT

    SLT can reduce the need for eyedrops to treat Glaucoma. This also has the advantage of reducing the side effects that some eyedrops cause. It has no or minimal discomfort during the procedure. It can be repeated in the future if the effect wears off.  It has the potential to offer Glaucoma patients freedom from their eyedrops and give them independence between their 6 monthly reviews.  

     

    If you have any questions about SLT please contact Bowen Eye Clinic 0800 69 20 20.