Dr Peter Ring
LASIK Eye Surgeon
MBChB (Otago), FRCS, FRANZCO, FRCOphth, DO (Lond)
About Dr Peter Ring
Dr Peter Ring is a highly experienced surgeon who makes patients safety a priority and believes vision correction surgery is all about choice.
The freedom from spectacle dependence that vision correction surgery provides can open new vistas for people, and life opportunities that they could never have previously imagined. However many prospective laser patients worry that they will not be able to meet the specific criteria for the surgery. They may feel that they are too old or that their eyes are no longer suitable for laser surgery.
Patients who book an appointment with Dr Ring may be surprised to discover then, that there are numerous options available to them. Dr Ring’s expertise in vision correction is both deep and wide. This means that Dr Ring is able to provide vision correction services to patients from all different walks of life, with different needs, different eyes and of different ages. Both the young and the young-at-heart, who wish to restore their vision to levels they had once enjoyed, are catered for. A solution is tailor-made for each patient depending on his or her age, stage and choice.
Dr Ring offers both the experience that comes with his 23 years as a vision correction specialist, and the passion for using the most up-to-date technology. He was one of the first surgeons to introduce laser refractive surgery to New Zealand and since then has been at the forefront of laser vision correction treatments. As laser surgery in New Zealand has changed over the years, his practice has grown and developed with it. Dr Ring’s interest in research has also allowed him to continue to offer the latest international advancements in laser surgery.
Overview of Dr Ring’s Achievements (click to expand)
- iLASIK laser eye surgery
- ReSTOR Multifocal Intraocular lens surgery
- Cataract Surgery
- Guy’s Hospital, St Thomas’ Hospital and Moorfield’s Eye Hospital, London
- iLASIK certified surgeon
- Vision Correction Specialist & Director – Eye Institute
- Honorary Clinical Senior Lecturer in the Department of Ophthalmology – University of Auckland
- Examiner for the Royal Australian & NZ College of Ophthalmologists, '94-'05
- Former President Ophthalmological Society of New Zealand
Associations & memberships:
- Fellow – Royal Australian and NZ College of Ophthalmologists
- Member – New Zealand Society for the Prevention of Blindness
- Member – Ophthalmological Society of New Zealand
- Original Council Member – Asian Pacific Academy of Ophthalmology
- Member – International Society of Refractive Surgeons
- Member – New Zealand Society of Contact Lens Practitioners
- Foundation Member – Asian Pacific Intraocular Implant Association
- Member – American Society of Cataract and Refractive Surgeons
- Member – European Society of Ocular and Plastic Reconstructive Surgeons
Dr Ring’s training & experience
Dr Ring is exceptionally highly trained, having studied in both the UK and Australasia, and carried out his post-graduate training in Ophthalmology in London, at the prestigious institutions of Guy’s Hospital, St Thomas’ Hospital and Moorfield’s Eye Hospital.
He has performed laser surgery on fellow ophthalmologists and other respected professionals in the medical industry, as well as on a variety of well-known New Zealanders. Even though he has carried out a vast number of laser procedures, he recognises each of them as unique.
In addition to his practice at Eye Institute, Dr Peter Ring each year has presented at various prestigious international and national events.
He has published over 27 papers in peer reviewed journals and contributed to numerous educational courses for Nurses, Orthoptists, General Practitioners, medical students, Optometrists and trainee ophthalmologists.
In January 2009 Dr Ring and his Senior Ophthalmic Technician, Jasha, presented two major research papers at the Asia ARVO scientific conference in Hyderabad, India: “Visual Outcomes and Higher Order Aberration Differences between Spherical and Aspheric ReSTOR multifocal IOLs” and “Femtosecond versus microkeratome LASIK”, the former was given the “Best Scientific Paper” award for the session.
Dr Ring’s specialisms
- iLASIK laser eye surgery
Dr Ring believes that much of a surgeon’s responsibility to his patients involves using the latest, most technologically advanced equipment available when undergoing iLASIK laser vision correction. To stay on top the latest advances, he constantly evaluates emerging technologies that can offer the best treatment options for his patients.
Dr Ring is able to free you from spectacles with the totally blade free procedure known as iLASIK Laser Vision Correction.
After Dr Ring and his highly trained staff have completed the procedure, an iLASIK patient can expect 20/20 vision or more. The potential for iLASIK to improve lifestyle is vast. The procedure is the safest, most trusted treatment available for vision correction.
One of the key components in quality vision care is technology. Dr Ring believes that much of a surgeon’s responsibility to his patients involves using the latest, most technologically advanced equipment available when undergoing iLASIK laser vision correction. To stay on top the latest advances, he also constantly evaluates emerging technologies that can offer the best treatment options for his patients.
Click for more information on iLASIK.
Contact Dr Ring and his team today - together they will ensure that you have the best treatment possible, especially tailored for you. To request an appointment with Dr Ring to discuss iLASIK please call 0800 BEST VISION (0800 2378 84) or fill out our quick and easy online enquiry form below.
- ReSTOR Multifocal Intraocular lens surgery
ReSTOR is a particularly specialised field, and Dr Ring is one of the few surgeons in New Zealand to offer it. In comparison to other procedures, which work by having one eye short sighted and the other longsighted, ReSTOR gives the patient both distance and near vision in both eyes. Patients who have undergone ReSTOR with Dr Ring often comment on their newfound visual independence. If you are in your late forties or above, have difficulty reading and seeing distance (long sighted), or have cataracts, this surgery could be suitable for you. In January 2009, Dr Ring put in his 500th ReSTOR lens. Click to read more about Dr Ring’s 500th ReSTOR (pdf news article).
Regardless of how strong your vision was when your eyes were young, eyes that have been hard at work for many years will naturally take some strain. After regular laser surgery, many of those in this age bracket still require reading glasses as the lens in the eye becomes less pliable.
ReSTOR Multifocal Intraocular lens surgery is an alternative revolutionary way to restore eyesight with no need for reading glasses afterwards or having to worry about cataract surgery later in life. This procedure is also suited to those with cataracts. Unique to this procedure is its ability to maintain ‘binocular single vision’ in the long-sighted person. Unlike other procedures, this option means you don’t lose your depth of vision.
In January 2009, Dr Ring put in his 500th ReSTOR lens. Click to read more about Dr Ring’s 500th ReSTOR (pdf news article).
ReSTOR is a particularly specialised field, and Dr Ring is one of the few surgeons in New Zealand to offer it. In comparison to other procedures, which work by having one eye short sighted and the other longsighted, ReSTOR gives the patient both distance and near vision in both eyes. After ReSTOR, you can read a book, work on the computer, drive a car or play tennis or golf without worrying about which glasses to wear or not wear for which activities. Patients who have undergone ReSTOR with Dr Ring often comment on their newfound visual independence. If you are in your late forties or above, have difficulty reading and seeing distance (long sighted), or have cataracts, this surgery could be suitable for you.
As a patient your eyes are assessed to meet all of the required safety measures and protocols. All the options for vision correction are discussed with you and the best treatment options selected. Before patients come into Eye Institute they are sent a comprehensive information pack including a DVD.
Benefits of ReSTOR:
- No need for reading glasses afterwards
- Pre-empt cataracts – never have to have cataract surgery
- Distance and near vision in both eyes – the closest possible to natural vision
- New lease on life for late forties and above
Download our pdf of facts and information on ReSTOR here.
Contact Dr Ring and his team today - together they will ensure that you have the best treatment possible, especially tailored for you. To request an appointment with Dr Ring to discuss ReSTOR please call 0800 BEST VISION (0800 2378 84) or fill out our quick and easy online enquiry form below.
- Cataract surgery
Dr Ring has personally performed a great many cataract operations and his expertise in cataract surgery, developed over many years of practice, makes him a highly sought after eye surgeon in this area. See his Bio in Eye Surgery section for more info. See his Bio in Eye Surgery section for more info.
Dr Ring's Team
Jasha is Dr Ring's Ophthalmic Technician and has worked with Dr Ring for over 30 years. Her skill and knowledge have been acknowledged by becoming a foundation member of the Eye Institute team.
Having had a ReSTOR intra-ocular lens implant herself, Jasha can readily appreciate the needs and anxieties of patients surrounding the decision to undertake surgery and this has led to many referrals being passed on from former patients. Click to read about Jasha undergoing a ReSTOR Implant (pdf).
"Jasha’s technical knowledge, teaching and communication skills and personal attributes make her an integral part of my practice,” says Dr Ring. “She has the ability to pass on her extensive knowledge to a patient so they are always reliably informed and understand the different treatment options, the likely outcomes and any potential risks associated. Her passion for the field of vision correction has been to the practice’s benefit as she keeps up with the latest technology in addition to attending national and international meetings and presenting papers.”
Dr Ring’s team members also include Sandy De Witt and Mariah Toi whom can help you with your initial vision correction appointments, surgery bookings and discuss payment options.
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Dr Ring’s family & personal interests
Dr Ring is married to Alison. They met when she was a ward sister at Moorfields Eye Hospital where he was training. Together they have two grown children: Charlotte and David, and are a close-knit family.
Apart from his family, Dr Ring’s other passions vary from rugby, tennis and Formula One racing, to cooking, reading and relaxing at the beach. He has also clocked up more than one hundred hours flying with a PPL license and is a Designated Medical Examiner for Civil Aviation. Dr Ring also holds the sporting distinctions of an Otago University Blue and a New Zealand University Blue in fencing.
Make an appointment with Dr Peter Ring
Contact Dr Ring and his team today on 0800 BEST VISION (0800 237 884) or email for direct assistance should you have any enquiries. Alternatively, you can complete our online enquiry form below for an appointment with our team.
Appointments available are:
- Monday to Friday – 7.30am to 5.00pm
- Saturday mornings – by request only
Laser Assessment Terms and Conditions:
Patients are eligible for the initial free laser assessment on condition that they have no history of previous eye surgery (including previous laser surgery).
The initial free laser assessment is only available to patients whom are seeking laser vision correction and is not applicable to any other treatment type.