MB ChB 1963 Otago; FRCS Eng 1971


I am an Ophthalmologist who undertook medical training in Otago and specialist training in Dunedin and London at Moorfields Eye Hospital.

Following that I was a Wellcome Research Fellow attached to the Professorial unit at Moorfields which was also a lecturer’s position within London University.

This appointment established my special interest in medical retina and subsequently I did a vitreoretinal course at Bascom Palmer Hospital in Miami. I was a Keeler travelling fellow to USA where I lectured to many Ophthalmic departments throughout the states.

I returned to Dunedin Hospital and Otago University where I had a consultant appointment at Dunedin Hospital and established a private clinic with surgery at the Mater Hospital.  I undertook a full range of eye surgery including vitrectomy and was responsible for the teaching of undergraduate and post-graduate students. I moved to Auckland where I held a similar consultant position at Auckland Hospital in charge of cataract surgery and established Eye clinics in Howick and Greenlane, the latter in the Ascot Hospital.

Seven years ago, I moved to work part time in Australia with a New Zealand colleague to do a short locum which however continued for 7 years!

During this time, I have continued with a full range of ocular surgery and maintained my special interest in medical retina, diabetic retinopathy and more particularly in Age Related Macular Degeneration.

I returned to NZ a few months ago and I have settled into the Queenstown area, where I am establishing Queenstown Eye clinic to serve the area.


  • Cataract surgery including cataract refractive surgery with correction of astigmatism
  • Corneal surgery including corneal grafting
  • Medical retinal disease with particular reference to diabetic retinopathy and macular disease
  • Laser treatment of retinal disease
  • Glaucoma control and surgery


  • Refractive cataract surgery
  • Medical retinal diseases
  • Fluorescein angiography  

Title or Designation


Post-Fellowship Training

  • Senior lecturer Professorial clinic Moorfields Eye Hospital London
  • Fellowship retinal and macular diseases Moorfields Eye Hospital
  • Wellcome research Fellow Moorfields / Hammersmith with special reference to Diabetic retinopathy
  • Vitreo-retinal training Bascombe Palmer Eye Institute Miami
  • Keeler Travelling fellow
  • Glaxo Travelling fellow  England and New Zealand

Full NZ Registration Date

22 February 1965

Vocational Scope


Contact Details

Dr John Bowbyes is available at the following service:

This service is available at the following location:

24 Hawthorne Drive, Queenstown