State-of-the-art facilities, highly skilled ophthalmologists and the latest surgical techniques.

About Us

Welcome to St George's Eye Care - a leading Christchurch eye clinic.

Established in 2015, our purpose-built facility provides advanced medical and surgical treatments for a wide variety of eye conditions.

Our ophthalmologists are highly regarded in the industry, with patients being referred from throughout the South Island.

At St George's Eye Care we are passionate about putting the patient first. You will see the same ophthalmologist before, during and after your treatment, and we work directly with your GP or optometrist as part of your long-term eye care team.

We are part of St George's Hospital in Christchurch. Our onsite operating theatres are state-of-the-art, and equipped with the latest technology.

A collaborative approach

You will see the same ophthalmologist before, during and after your treatment, and we work directly with your GP or optometrist as part of your long-term eye care team.

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We are passionate about putting the patient first.

We appreciate that any surgery involving your eyes is a big step and requires careful consideration. Our compassionate team will keep you informed, relaxed and reassured throughout your treatment. We pride ourselves on delivering first-class care within modern, state-of-the-art facilities.

As no two eyes are the same, we prefer to take a personalised approach. This means working with you and your family to develop a treatment plan that reflects your condition, lifestyle and individual needs.

Our high standard of care and advanced treatment options are sought by patients and referrers from throughout the South Island.

Our team
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Setting a new standard in specialist eye care

Our two ophthalmologists, Dr Oliver Comyn and Dr Paul Baddeley, are highly-skilled and well-regarded in the industry. They both worked at prestigious eye hospitals in the United Kingdom and were trained by pioneering and world-renowned ophthalmologists.

Dr Comyn and Dr Baddeley are supported by a team of nurses, technicians and support staff who are all trained in providing specialist eye care. We treat a wide variety of eye conditions all under the one roof, using advanced surgical techniques and the latest equipment to achieve excellent clinical outcomes.

Dr Paul Baddeley

MA (Cantab), FRCOphth

Dr Paul Baddeley joined St George’s Eye Care after working as a consultant ophthalmologist in the United Kingdom. After studying clinical sciences at Cambridge University and completing his medical training at Oxford University, Paul undertook his specialist registrar training in ophthalmology in South Wales. He has completed two oculoplastic, lacrimal and orbital fellowships at the University Hospital of Wales (Cardiff) and John Radcliffe Hospital (Oxford).

Dr Oliver Comyn

MD (Res), FRCOphth

Dr Oliver Comyn, who specialises in cataract surgery and retinal disease, joined St George’s Eye Care from the United Kingdom. He completed specialist ophthalmology training in London and the South East of England, culminating in a vitreoretinal fellowship at the Sussex Eye Hospital in Brighton. He then was selected for a prestigious vitreoretinal fellowship at the world-renowned Moorfields Eye Hospital in London.

Frequently asked questions

We understand you will likely have questions before visiting us. We have provided answers to common queries below.

If you require eye surgery this will take place in our operating theatres on site at St George’s Hospital. Our modern theatres are equipped with the latest technology and highly skilled staff.
Yes, there is a parking building on the St George’s Hospital site. This can be accessed off Heaton Street, Leinster Road or Papanui Road.Charges are $2.00 per half hour (maximum charge $14.00). There is no charge if you enter and exit the site within 30 minutes.
We are conveniently located at St George’s Hospital in Christchurch. You will find our consulting rooms on the ground floor of the Canon Wilford Wing – which can be accessed through the Hospital’s main entrance and reception. You will see our clinic near the café.
Yes, you are welcome to bring a family member, friend or support person to your appointment.
Before visiting St George’s Eye Care we prefer that you see either an optometrist or your GP, who can then provide us with details of your eye condition. If this is not possible, or in an urgent situation, please contact us and we may be able to help.
A visit to an eye clinic can be quite different from seeing other medical specialists, as it often involves extensive testing onsite using our state-of-the art equipment. Typically, you will see a technician or nurse at first, and then see the ophthalmologist once testing has been completed.Please bring with you any glasses you use and a list of current medications. If your eye condition is the result of an injury, please also bring any relevant ACC documentation.
Yes, we see all patients after eye surgery and the cost of at least one follow-up appointment is usually included in the price. If you have minor surgery on the eyelids then a follow-up may not always be necessary.For cataract surgery, post-operative appointments are typically scheduled at two and six weeks after surgery. On the day after surgery we often phone you to check that there are no complications, or sometimes we will ask you to come to the clinic.
No. You can see us as a private paying patient, or our charges may be covered by your health insurance policy.We are affiliated with Southern Cross and NIB, which means we can liaise with them on your behalf. For other insurers you will need to pay us directly and then submit a claim to your insurer.Sometimes an insurer may ask you to seek pre-approval prior to surgical procedures.
If you are a new patient, we will often need to use eye drops to dilate your pupils. These take time to take effect and may blur your vision for several hours, so you will need someone to drive you home. We will advise you before your appointment if we expect that you will need pupil dilation.