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Queenstown Eye - John Bowbyes Ophthalmologist

Private Service, Ophthalmology


10:00 AM to 4:00 PM.


John Bowbyes is an ophthalmologist who undertook medical training in Otago and specialist training in Otago and London at Moorfields Eye Hospital. He has recently returned to Otago after working in Auckland and, more recently, Australia and has set up Queenstown Eye Clinic.

This clinic is fully equipped with the latest diagnostic equipment including testing for and monitoring glaucoma, the latest computerised tomography with angiography for retinal disease and lasers for treatment of both retina and glaucoma. The newest OCT (optical coherence tomography) angiography enables a clearer examination of the retinal and choroidal circulation without the necessity for the use of intravenous injections with their possible side effects.
I enjoy using my experience and the latest technology to improve the visual outcomes for my patients.
Ophthalmology is often called the Cinderella of surgery because it is mostly directed towards restoration of normal function.
What is Ophthalmology?
Ophthalmology is the branch of specialist medicine that is focused on the health of eyes and their surrounding tissues, including muscles, bones, eyelids, and tear production/drainage systems. Your eye is the organ of vision and consists of the cornea (the outer clear layer), the sclera (the white of the eye), the iris (the coloured part), the lens (lies behind the iris) and the retina (the light-sensitive lining at the back of the eye). Your eyes ‘see’ by focusing light that enters the eye onto the retina which sends the image to the brain by the optic nerve.
Ophthalmologists are doctors who specialise in diagnosing and treating eye problems and diseases. Ophthalmologists are also the only doctors who do eye surgery. They also treat medical eye conditions such as glaucoma and macular degeneration.

Optometrists are the primary healthcare practitioners of the eye and visual system. They are trained in testing your vision to assess your need for, as well as fitting, glasses and/or contact lenses. They also test for glaucoma, other eye diseases and disorders. 


Referral Expectations


Dr John Bowbyes is a Southern Cross affiliated provider for the following services:

  • Chalazion or tarsal cyst removal
  • Consultations
  • Corneal pachymetry
  • Corneal topography
  • Fluorescein angiography
  • Heidelberg retinal tomography (HRT)
  • Intravitreal injections
  • Laser iridoplasty
  • Laser iridotomy
  • Laser trabeculoplasty
  • Matrix screen
  • Minor eyelid surgery
  • Optical coherence tomography (OCT)
  • Photocoagulation of the retina or pan retinal laser
  • Punctal plug enlargement
  • Retinal photography
  • Syringing of tear ducts or lacrimal probe
  • Visual diagnostic tests
  • YAG laser capsulotomy


10:00 AM to 4:00 PM.

Mon – Fri10:00 AM – 4:00 PM

After Hours: Call clinic phone for an after hours service 03 442 3942

Procedures / Treatments

  • Refractive Error: short-sightedness (myopia), long-sightedness (hyperopia) and astigmatism

    These conditions cause distance blur. In myopia, the eye has a resting focus at a near distance so that people will be able to see objects clearly at some point close to them, whilst the distance is blurry.… More

  • Cataracts

    Cataracts are the most common age-related occurrence in eyes. The lens becomes thicker and stiffer and appears yellow and cloudy.… More

  • Squints (strabismus)

    A weakness in one or more of the muscles of the eye will cause the eye to turn or move away from the normal focusing position.  This is commonly known as a squint.… More

  • Glaucoma

    Glaucoma is a group of diseases that can damage the eye’s optic nerve and may result in vision loss and blindness. Multiple factors are often important in causing glaucoma, but it is most commonly related to in an increase in pressure in the eye.… More

  • Diabetic Retinopathy

    This is a complication of diabetes and is caused by small blood vessel damage within the retina of the eye.  It commonly affects both eyes and may cause permanent loss of vision.  Macular oedema is sometimes also present with diabetic retinopathy.  Macular oedema is when fluid leaks into the retina… More

  • Retinal Detachment

    This is when the retina detaches, meaning it is lifted or separated from its normal position within the eye. An acute retinal detachment requires urgent assessment and appropriate treatment.… More

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9/24 Hawthorne Drive
OTA 9300

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OTA 9300

This page was last updated at 2:02PM on June 8, 2021. This information is reviewed and edited by Queenstown Eye - John Bowbyes Ophthalmologist.