Eye Surgeon Dr Peter Ring
Eye Surgeon Dr Peter Ring
Eye Surgeon Dr Peter Ring
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Dr Peter Ring

Cataract Specialist
Multifocal Specialist

Lecturer at School of Med
Dr Ring is an Honorary Clinical Senior Lecturer in the department of Ophthalmology at the School of Medicine, Faculty of Medical and Health Sciences.

About Dr Peter Ring

Dr Ring’s two specialties are laser and cataract surgery, which complement each other to provide the BEST VISION correction solution for you. His expertise has developed over many years of practice, making him a highly sought after eye surgeon. Dr Ring’s highest priorities are always: safety, high patient care and striving to achieve excellent results for each patient.

Dr Ring has personally performed many cataract operations and his experience in cataract surgery, developed over many years of practice, makes him one of Eye Institute's most experienced surgeons in this area.

Cataract surgery is a transformative experience and is also one of the safest medical procedures performed today. Dr Ring’s passion is to restore sight to those who have been robbed of it by cataracts. Dr Ring prioritises safety, high patient care and striving to achieve excellent results for each cataract patient above all else.

Overview of Dr Ring’s Training & Achievements (click to expand)

Specialist in:

  • Cataract Surgery (over 15,000 operations)
  • Fine Vision Multifocal Intraocular lens surgery
  • Oculoplastic Surgery
  • iLASIK laser eye surgery (over 10,000 procedures)

Training and Principal Qualifications:

  • MB ChB (Otago)
  • FRCS Fellow of the Royal College of Surgeons, England
  • FRCOphth Fellow of the Royal College of Ophthalmologists, England
  • FRANZCO Fellow of the Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Ophthalmologists
  • DO (Lond) Diploma of Ophthalmology, London

  • Dr Ring 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.

Positions held:

  • Former President Ophthalmological Society of New Zealand
  • Examiner for the Royal Australian & NZ College of Ophthalmologists, 1994-2005
  • Honorary Clinical Senior Lecturer in the Department of Ophthalmology – University of Auckland
  • Vision Correction Specialist & Director – Eye Institute

Membership to Professional Societies:

  • Fellowship of Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Ophthalmologists (FRANZCO) – Member
  • New Zealand Society for the Prevention of Blindness – Member
  • Ophthalmological Society of New Zealand – Member
  • Asian Pacific Academy of Ophthalmology – Original Council Member
  • International Society of Refractive Surgeons – Member
  • New Zealand Society of Contact Lens Practitioners – Member
  • Asian Pacific Intraocular Implant Association – Foundation Member
  • American Society of Cataract and Refractive Surgeons – Member
  • European Society of Ocular & Plastic Reconstructive Surgeons – Member

Dr Ring’s specialised fields

Cataract Surgery

As cataract surgery in New Zealand has changed over the years, Dr Ring’s practice has grown. His father, Dr Calvin Ring, was a leading Ophthalmologist and considered a pioneer in cataract surgery. Dr Ring continues this family passion for eye care by practicing all the latest technological developments in the cataract refractive field (he pioneered posterior chamber intraocular lenses for cataract surgery) and engaging in cutting-edge research.

Cataract Surgery - Seeing young again (click to expand)

The process - quick and painless.

Cataract surgery is an outpatient procedure, meaning that you will be in and out of surgery in one morning or afternoon, so there is no need to spend time overnight in hospital. Surgery is undertaken with local anaesthetic. You’ll be enjoying your newly-restored eyesight by the very next day.

Cataract   Read Trish's first hand Cataract Surgery experience with Dr Ring

Contact Dr Ring and his team today - together they will ensure you have quality treatment that is tailored to your needs. If you have any queries you can contact Dr Ring's assistant Jasha directly: .

To request an appointment with Dr Ring to discuss cataract procedures please call 0800 BEST VISION (0800 237 884) or fill out our quick and easy online enquiry form below.


Fine Vision

Benefits of Fine Vision:
  • Pre-empt cataracts – never worry about having cataract surgery
  • No need for reading glasses afterwards
  • Distance and near vision in both eyes – the closest possible to natural vision
  • New lease on life for late forties and above

FineVision Multifocal IOL (pdf)

More about Fine Vision. (click to expand)

Fine Vision intra-ocular lens surgey is typically used for regular vision correction, but they are 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.

Fine Vision 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, Fine Vision gives the patient both distance and near vision in both eyes. After Fine Vision, 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.

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 you come into Eye Institute we send you a comprehensive information pack including a DVD.

Download our pdf of facts and information on Fine Vision here.

Contact Dr Ring and his team today - together they will ensure you have quality treatment that is tailored to your needs. If you have any queries you contact Dr Ring's assistant Jasha directly: .

To request an appointment with Dr Ring to discuss Fine Vision please call 0800 BEST VISION (0800 2378 84) or fill out our quick and easy online enquiry form below.


Oculoplastic Surgery

Dr Ring also specialises in oculoplastic surgery. While training in London he spent many hours with Richard Collin who is considered the world wide doyen of this field.

Oculoplastic surgery involves the removal of skin tumours of the eyelid and repositioning both upper and lower eyelids as well as the management of watery eyes through eyelid or tearduct surgery.

  • Pterygiums are vascular scars at the inner corner of the eye that cause irritation and can grow across the cornea to affect the vision. Nowadays the surgical results are excellent.
  • Extra skin in the upper lids gives rise to heaviness and tiredness and may interfere with patient's field of vision. This can be remedied with the removal of tissue from the upper lid – a technique known as blepharoplasty. If certain criteria are met this surgery may be covered by medical insurance.

iLASIK laser eye surgery

Dr Ring is also an iLASIK laser vision correction surgeon. See his Laser Bio in the Laser section for more info.

Dr Ring's Patient Care Philosophy (click to expand)

The cornerstone of Dr Ring’s practice is a commitment to provide each patient with the most appropriate treatment for his or her cataracts.

Patients are often presented with a myriad of confusing choices which can seem daunting. The choices they make must be the best for them in the long term. That is why Dr Ring and his team believe in carefully informing their patients of all the options and coming up with a tailor made solution. This solution takes into account as to whether they are short or long sighted, their age, the health of their eyes and what their job requirements are.

Dr Ring’s focus on patient care and broad expertise leads cataract patients of all ages to come to see him, to restore their vision to what they had once enjoyed. Before patients come into the Eye Institute we send them a comprehensive information pack including a DVD. When you come in to see us, your eyes are assessed to meet all of the required safety measures and protocols, all the options for surgery are discussed with you and the best treatment options are selected.

Dr Ring has performed cataract surgery on fellow Ophthalmologists, other respected professionals in the medical industry, as well as a number of well-known New Zealand personalities.

Meet the Ring Team

      

Dr Ring's TeamJasha Morarji - Cataract and refractive technician and vision correction educator.

Jasha has worked with Dr Ring for over 30 years and her skill and knowledge have been acknowledged by becoming a foundation member of the Eye Institute team.

Other practices often have larger teams, which may mean seeing various team members from consultation to consultation. Patients under Dr Ring and Jasha’s care only see them and so are guaranteed personalised and consistent care.

"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 ophthalmology 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.”

Contact Dr Ring and his team today - together they will ensure you have quality treatment that is tailored to your needs. If you have any queries you contact Dr Ring's assistant Jasha directly: .

To request an appointment with Dr Ring to discuss Fine Vision please call 0800 BEST VISION (0800 2378 84) or fill out our quick and easy online enquiry form below.


Reception and admin support team
Dr Ring’s team members also include Mariah Toi and Samantha Scheepers whom can help you with your initial vision correction appointments, surgery bookings and discuss payment options.

Team Photo Gallery

Dr Ring's recent presentations

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 Jasha presented two major research papers at the Asia ARVO scientific conference 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 family & personal interests

Dr Ring is married to Alison, whom he 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 - together they will ensure that you have high quality treatment, especially tailored for you. If you have any queries you contact Dr Ring's assistant Jasha directly: .

To request an appointment with Dr Ring please call 0800 BEST VISION (0800 2378 84) or fill out our quick and easy online enquiry form below.


Appointments available are:

  • Monday to Friday – 7.30am to 5.00pm

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Born severely short-sighted and with astigmatism in both eyes, Trish Wallace had worn glasses since she was three years old, with her right eye being particularly ‘myopic’. Because she hated wearing clunky, “milk-bottle” glasses, she moved to hard contact lenses which also helped with her astigmatism and wore them for 30 years.

While Trish was working in her office job in the past couple of years, her eyesight began to deteriorate significantly so she had to have her lens prescription increased over time. “Work started to become problem. I noticed that while using the computer I really strained to see things; graphs in particular seemed ‘foggy’,” says Trish. “It was really a disadvantage with presentations and business events.”

“I live in the country on a side road that merges into a main road and was having difficulty judging how far away cars were while waiting to turn into this main road. My concern over safety finally broke the camel’s back,” adds Trish. “So when I discovered I had cataracts, it was a shock. I certainly didn’t think of myself as being old at only 60!”

“On my first visit to Dr Ring and his team, I was quite excited to find out cataract operations were really a simple procedure. Even better than that, they advised me that they could put in toric lenses so it was as if I was going to have cataract and laser eye surgery in the same operation,” says Trish. “The team that took care of me were true professionals and yet genuinely down-to-earth, nice people. Dr Ring’s approach is that the patient should be in full control of the procedure and have all the options.”

Trish admits that the procedure has made a huge difference to her overall quality of life.

“I’ve never had this kind of vision. I had always had trouble seeing distance and now I feel like I can see through hills,” she says.


Born severely short-sighted and with astigmatism in both eyes, Trish Wallace had worn glasses since she was three years old, with her right eye being particularly ‘myopic’. Because she hated wearing clunky, “milk-bottle” glasses, she moved to hard contact lenses which also helped with her astigmatism and wore them for 30 years.

While Trish was working in her office job in the past couple of years, her eyesight began to deteriorate significantly so she had to have her lens prescription increased over time. “Work started to become problem. I noticed that while using the computer I really strained to see things; graphs in particular seemed ‘foggy’,” says Trish. “It was really a disadvantage with presentations and business events.”

“I live in the country on a side road that merges into a main road and was having difficulty judging how far away cars were while waiting to turn into this main road. My concern over safety finally broke the camel’s back,” adds Trish. “So when I discovered I had cataracts, it was a shock. I certainly didn’t think of myself as being old at only 60!”

“On my first visit to Dr Ring and his team, I was quite excited to find out cataract operations were really a simple procedure. Even better than that, they advised me that they could put in toric lenses so it was as if I was going to have cataract and laser eye surgery in the same operation,” says Trish. “The team that took care of me were true professionals and yet genuinely down-to-earth, nice people. Dr Ring’s approach is that the patient should be in full control of the procedure and have all the options.”

Trish admits that the procedure has made a huge difference to her overall quality of life.

“I’ve never had this kind of vision. I had always had trouble seeing distance and now I feel like I can see through hills,” she says.



Severely longsighted, Jennifer Aston wore glasses from the age of two. “My parents used to tie them to me because I was always pulling them off,” she says. “I was known as ‘four eyes’ at school.” At 16 she was determined to have contact lenses even though her optometrist at the time informed her that because her eyesight was so poor, the contacts would have to be thick and could cause damage to her eyes.

She was given hard contact lenses, which were the best lenses for her at the time. In the years she wore them from age 16 to 61, she scratched her cornea on many occasions and could not wear contacts for some time while reverting to glasses. To add insult to injury, she had to recuperate from every corneal scratch in a dark room for the first 24 hours. Because she and her husband are avid travellers, it also used to be a mission to take contacts everywhere she went, packing all the equipment in lots of little plastic bags.

On her first visit to Dr Ring, he recommended ReSTOR intraocular lenses, where Jennifer’s natural lens would be taken out and an artificial one put in, removing her lifelong dependence on contacts. Her new ReSTOR lenses have made the crucial difference in many aspects of her life. Jennifer cannot help but extol the life-changing nature of her surgery. “Even now, I wake up in the morning and I think, wow, I can see!”

“It was lovely to deal with Dr Ring and Jasha’s team,” says Jennifer. “You feel as though you are not going to be rushed into anything. It’s not simply about performing the surgery: they will only do it if it is right for the particular patient. They were very professional.

“I had absolutely terrible eyesight – if they can fix my eyes, they can fix almost anyone’s.”