Eye Institute are extremely fortunate to house 16 world class surgeons in our state of the art, purpose built facility. Our surgeons are invited to present on the latest techniques and advancements in ophthalmic treatment at events not only around New Zealand, but around the world. Meet our industry leading 'Visionaries' below: 


“My focus is on using my experience and the latest techniques to greatly enhance the lives of my patients” - Dr Peter Ring

With four decades at the forefront of eye surgery in New Zealand, Dr Ring was an early exponent of modern multi-focal technology and part of the esteemed small team that introduced laser surgery to the country. His vast knowledge and reputation as an expert in cornea, cataract and refractive surgery, have led him to become an Honorary Clinical Senior Lecturer in the Department of Ophthalmology at the School of Medicine and in demand as a teacher globally. As eye surgery technology has evolved over the years, Dr Ring‘s practice has grown and developed with it. His interest in the latest research and techniques enables him to offer the most recent international advancements in laser surgery to his patients.

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Dr Ring’s specialisations:

Refractive-Cataract Surgery:

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.  Regarded as one of the best in his field, Dr Ring prioritises safety, high patient care and achieving excellent results for each of his cataract patients above all else.

  • No needle anaesthesia (safe for patients on aspirin and warfarin)
  • No pain (numbing anaesthetic gel)
  • No sutures (“key-hole” small incision surgery)
  • No eye patch (useful vision through a clear protective shield returns in minutes)
  • No worries - sedation provided by a specialist anaesthetist, if you desire
Fine Vision Intraocular lens surgery:

Fine Vision intra-ocular lens surgery is typically used for regular vision correction, but they 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 opitons means you don’t lose your depth of vision.

Fine Vision is a particularly specilaised 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 a computer, drive a car or play tennis or golf without worrying about which glasses to wear or not wear for which activities.

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Oculoplastic Surgery:

Dr Ring specialises in oculoplastic surgery which is the removal of skin tumours of the eyelid and repositioning both upper and lower eyelids as well as management of watery eyes through eyelid or tear duct 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 by 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.

LASIK Laser eye surgery

Laser eye surgery, or laser vision correction, involves the use of a laser to change the shape of the surface of the eye, the cornea. By altering the shape of the cornea, laser eye surgery can remove any focusing error. It corrects Shortsightedness, Longsightedness and Astigmatism.

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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, after hours...

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.

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