Ophthalmology is concerned with the health of eyes and their surrounding tissues including muscles, bones, eyelids, and tear production/drainage systems.

This department offers both outpatient (clinic) and inpatient (ward) care, with an increasing emphasis on day surgery.  
It also provides general ophthalmology services to the Waikato health district, and tertiary services to the Midland health region.  


Ophthalmology is part of Waikato Hospital's Surgical Services cluster.
The department's consultants are trained in glaucoma, paediatric ophthalmology, oculoplastics and orbital surgery, vitreoretinal surgery, medical retina and anterior segment surgery, and neuro ophthalmology.

General Eye Clinic sessions are held every day. The service also provides specialised clinics for diabetes, paediatric, corneal and retinal patients.


Waikato Hospital, Waiora Waikato Hospital Campus, Pembroke Street, Hamilton

  • Ward M17 (Ears, Nose, Eyes, Throat) Level 7 Menzies Building (The ward is adjacent to the specialist eye theatre and shares the ward space with otolaryngology (ears/nose/throat specialty)
  • Eye Clinic, Reception H, Level 3, Meade Clinical Centre

Outreach services to Thames, Tokoroa, Te Kuiti and Taumarunui hospitals and the wider Midland health region

Contact information

Waikato Hospital Operator: (07) 839 8899 for all services and departments

Referral information

Referrals are by general practitioners (GPs) or other health specialists.

Non-acute (non-urgent) referrals will initially be seen at Eye Clinic.