Cataract Eye Surgeon Dr Nick Mantell
Eye Surgeon Dr Nick Mantell
Cataract Eye Surgeon Dr Nick Mantell
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Dr Nick Mantell

Specialist Eye Surgeon


About Dr Nick Mantell

As a specialist in cataract surgery, Dr Mantell often gets asked by patients how many cataract surgeries he has performed. He and his team have successfully treated a vast number of cataract patients from around New Zealand.

As each cataract patient is unique, Dr Mantell believes in providing a totally personalised approach and always doing the best he can for all his patients. Each procedure, of which there are many possibilities, is customised to fit your individual needs.

Dr Mantell's patients receive not only the benefits of the latest surgical techniques, but his personal attention and support, before and after the operation. As a result, they experience a cataract procedure that is painless and stress-free. Nick is also a recognised provider for all major health insurance companies, meaning patients can experience hassle free claims and his team can organise prior approval for their surgery for them.

Overview of Dr Mantell’s Achievements (click to expand)

Specialist in:

  • Cataract Surgery
  • Lensectomy
  • Bioptics
  • iLASIK laser eye surgery


  • Diploma in Refractive Surgery – Sydney University
  • iLASIK certified surgeon

Positions held:

  • Ophthalmology Surgeon at Greenlane Hospital
  • Vision Correction Specialist & Director – Eye Institute
  • Clinical Senior Lecturer in Ophthalmology – University of Auckland
  • Eye care consultant to the Manukau SuperClinic™ (CMDHB), New Zealand's leading specialist out-patient facility
  • Helped establish a cataract clinic in Fiji

Associations & memberships:

  • Member – American Society of Cataract and Refractive Surgeons (ASCRS)
  • Member – Australasian Society of Cataract and Refractive Surgeons (AUSCRS)
  • Member – American Academy of Ophthalmology
  • Member – New Zealand Medical Council
  • Fellow – Royal Australian and NZ College of Ophthalmologists
  • Fellow – (Vitreoretinal Surgical) Royal Manchester Eye Hospital, UK
  • Fellow – (Vitreoretinal Surgical) Royal Victorian Eye and Ear Hospital, Melbourne
  • Fellow – (Cataract and Primary Care) Moorfields Eye Hospital, London

Dr Mantell’s training & experience

Since achieving his Refractive Diploma at Sydney University, Dr Mantell has worked in a number of important roles in both the private and public sector health care. He worked as an Ophthalmology Surgeon at Green Lane Hospital for three years, and also trained House Surgeons, Registrars and Fellows at Green Lane Hospital.

His expertise has been recognised by the University of Auckland Medical School, where he holds the post of Clinical Senior Lecturer in Ophthalmology. He is also actively involved in the ongoing teaching of optometrists.

Dr Mantell also established, in conjunction with his Eye Institute colleagues, new clinics on the North Shore and in South Auckland.

Dr Mantell’s specialisms

  • Cataract Surgery
    Dr Mantell has performed a great many cataract operations, assisting patients from all over New Zealand to see clearly again.
  • Lensectomy
    Dr Mantell has experience in Lensectomy – a procedure that replaces the natural lens of the eye with an Intraocular Lens (IOL) and can correct nearsightedness, farsightedness and astigmatism (see below for more).
  • Bioptics
    Dr Mantell also specialises in Bioptics – a relatively new concept that is achieving remarkable outcomes. Bioptics involves using a combination of surgical vision correction techniques in which the refractive error of the eye is treated on both the lenticular and corneal optical planes.
  • iLASIK laser eye surgery
    Dr Mantell is a also a specialist in LASIK surgery, and a certified iLASIK surgeon, offering tailored treatments and delivering the best possible vision for each individual patient.

Intraocular Lenses (IOLs): seeing clearly without glasses after surgery

Refractive-cataract surgery also gives Dr Mantell's patients the opportunity to become less dependent on glasses. The cataract is replaced by an implantable lens (IOLs) at the time of surgery. With this technique he is able to correct short sightedness, long sightedness and astigmatism of the eye.

Dr Mantell's team spends the time needed to review what typical activities are most important to you, so they can best determine whether being independent of glasses for those activities is something that you would like and that they can achieve.

Dr Mantell offers four different strategies to help patients’ reduce their dependence on glasses based on their needs, which are:

1. Distance dominant blended vision (Monofocal or toric IOLs) (click to read more)

Patients who choose distance dominant blended vision gain excellent quality distance and intermediate vision. They are only dependent on glasses for near activities like reading.

This is a good option if you:

  • you don’t mind wearing glasses for near tasks
  • you want that best quality distance vision in all conditions
  • you want to eliminate ghosting, halos or glare in your vision
  • you are not suitable for blended vision (see below) after a contact lens trial

Email for more information on which IOL is best for you, or to schedule an appointment.

2. Blended vision (Monofocal or toric IOLs) (click to read more)

Blended vision is the most common surgical approach to spectacle independence for both distance and near. It involves one eye being focused clearly in the distance and the other intentionally made short-sighted for near vision such as reading.

This is a good option if you:

  • have successfully practiced monovision with contact lenses
  • have higher amounts of astigmatism and this is being corrected with toric IOLs
  • do not mind using glasses from time to time to achieve full distance or near vision (for both eyes)

Email for more information on which IOL is best for you, or to schedule an appointment.

3. Diffractive multifocal IOLs (click to read more)

Unlike monofocal/toric IOLs, diffractive multifocal IOLs are designed to allow the eye to see both near and far distances in both eyes without the use of glasses. This is via the ingenious use of concentric rings called diffraction gratings, which have properties of bending light rays to two points simultaneously. This allows two focal points to be formed at once, one for distance and another for near vision, allowing true binocular vision for distance and near.

This is a good option if you:

  • want true binocular vision for both near and distance vision of blended vision
  • do not mind some halos around images at night and slightly decreased contrast sensitivity
  • want freedom from glasses

Email for more information on which IOL is best for you, or to schedule an appointment.

4. Accommodation IOL (click to read more)

These lenses recreate the natural refocusing of the human lens and provide excellent distance and intermediate vision. The near vision is usually also very good, however some patients may still require glasses to read very small print.

Email for more information on which IOL is best for you, or to schedule an appointment.


Dr Mantell’s family & personal interests

Dr Mantell with the Ranfurly Shield Win!
Dr Mantell with the Ranfurly Shield Win!
Dr Mantell's Dogs Roxy, Andre and Jazz
Dr Mantell's Dogs Roxy, Andre and Jazz

Dr Mantell loves spending time with his wife Michele, and their dogs who are truly the masters of the home. Any spare time is for the outdoors – waterskiing, running and skiing.

People would be surprised to know that their surgeon was a former front-rower for Auckland and Waikato Provincial Rugby – his ultimate moment winning the Ranfurly Shield with Waikato!

Make an appointment with Dr Nick Mantell

Please fill in the form below to enquire or book your appointment with Dr Nick Mantell. Appointments available are:

  • Monday to Friday – 9.00am to 5.00pm
  • Saturday mornings – by request only

Requesting Appointment with Dr Nick Mantell:

I believe that every individual is unique and so are their eye care needs. Laser eye surgery is always changing and advancing. I strive to be at the forefront of these advances only so you get the very best in restored vision. Needless to say, my pride rests in your complete satisfaction.

My personal guarantees to you are:

  • We will remain committed to providing the latest ideas and technology on iLASIK available internationally through continued education and a pursuit of professionalism and expertise.
  • My team and I will go through an extensive consultation with you before I even consider laser surgery.
  • Where options such as intraocular vision correction lenses are available, all alternatives, pros and cons will be weighed up and explained in detail.
  • There are no obligations at all and I will not recommend laser surgery if it is not going to be beneficial to you.
  • Each procedure – from the type of surgery to the surgery itself - is customised to suit your needs and your needs only.
  • I take pride in my work and perform all surgeries myself.
  • My team and I will always be available to address your pre-surgical concerns and questions and post-surgical follow-up care.
  • My passion in my work comes from wanting to give you back your vision the way you were meant to have it.


"As a former All Black my eyesight had never stopped me in my rugby-playing days, but later on I lived with cataracts for so long that I didn’t realise the impact they had on my quality of life. Thanks to the expertise of Dr Mantell (a fellow rugby forward) every morning, when I look out my window as I get my breakfast, I can’t get over how vivid all the colours are. My eyesight is back!"

"I had cataracts, but I didn’t do anything about them – I imagined a long, painful procedure. When I finally had the operation, I realised that the opposite was true: cataract surgery these days is quick, easy and painless under the care and attention of Dr Mantell and his expert team. And it was all worth it - so I could get back to enjoying my family, travelling and working on my recipe and food blog

In order that my grandchildren could learn about it, I wrote short story for them titled 'Lucky Grandma has had her eye fixed so she can keep her beady eye on Sophia Mia and Joseph'!"

"Cataracts are not like a cold where you get visible symptoms and also they can in some cases strike younger people like me at 28. I didn't know I had cataracts until I actually started not seeing things. If you don't have the visual clarity to read even a simple text message on your mobile, there could be something wrong with your eyes. I'm glad I sought help from a qualified ophthalmologist like Dr Mantell before my vision went down the drain."