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: 


“The best clinical practice in ophthalmology requires significant experience informed by the highest-quality, up-to-date, clinical research” - Prof Charles McGhee

Professor Charles McGhee, a Consultant Ophthalmic Surgeon for 25 years, specialises in corneal diseases, including dystrophies and keratoconus. He has performed more than 1000 corneal transplants and has pioneered a number of techniques including corneal stem cell transplants. He has a longstanding sub-specialty interest in cataract surgery, the management of complex cataracts and reconstruction of the anterior segment of the eye following trauma. He is Professor and Chair of Ophthalmology and Head of Department at the University of Auckland. His clinical research on eye diseases and ocular surgery has produced 300 scientific papers and international recognition including: Director, New Zealand National Eye Centre, Chair, Australia and New Zealand Cornea Society, and President of the 50,000 member Asia Pacific Academy of Ophthalmology.

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Prof McGhee’s specialisations:

Corneal Disease

Prof. Charles McGhee is specially interested in corneal diseases such as keratoconus, corneal dystrophies, corneal transplantation, cataract surgery and complex anterior segment (front of eye) surgery following trauma. He is one of the most experienced corneal surgeons in New Zealand.

Cataract Surgery

Complex cataract surgery is also a specialty of Prof McGhee's. With more than 20 years experience, Prof McGhee has completed thousands of cataract procedures, and is also called upon to deliver keynote lectures and teaching courses at international conferences on the subject.

Laser Refractive Surgery

Having completed his PhD thesis on laser refractive surgery (and corneal topography), Prof McGhee is highly qualified in the field of Laser Refractive Surgery too.

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Principal Qualifications:
  • MB.BSc
  • PhD
  • DSc
  • FRCS
  • FRCOphth
  • Combined medical and science degrees (1976-1983) at the University of Glasgow, including a research attachment at Harvard University in Boston
  • Specialist training as a registrar and senior registrar in ophthalmology in Glasgow (1986-1992)
  • Advanced Fellowship training in corneal and anterior segment eye diseases (lid margin, conjunctiva, cornea, iris and cataract disorders) in Perth, Western Australia.
Positions held:
  • Consultant Ophthalmic Surgeon and Professor of Ocular Therapeutics in Sunderland, England
  • Professor of Ophthalmology at the University of Dundee, Scotland
  • Maurice Paykel Professor of Ophthalmology at the University of Auckland, since September 1999
  • Head of Department at the University of Auckland
  • Director of the New Zealand National Eye Centre (NZNEC), the largest eye research centre in New Zealand
  • Chair of Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Ophthalmologists special interest group in cornea, contact lenses, and cataract and refractive surgery
  • Clinical Director of Ophthalmology (1999-2006) for Auckland District Health Board
  • Editor in Chief of the international eye research journal Clinical and Experimental Ophthalmology (Australasia)
  • On the editorial board of the Journal of Cataract and Refractive Surgery (USA/Europe)
  • Senior Ophthalmic Surgeon at Auckland City Hospital.
Associations & memberships:
  • Fellow – Royal College of Ophthalmology (UK)
  • Fellow – Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Ophthalmologists
  • Fellow – Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Glasgow (Scotland)

In addition to his Professorial roles, Charles McGhee is a busy Senior Ophthalmic Surgeon at Auckland City Hospital and his clinical practice is therefore primarily based in the public sector, however, he is also available for private consultation and surgery at Eye Institute on a weekly basis. He is regularly referred patients from eye surgeons throughout New Zealand and from overseas and has personally trained more than 20 fellows in aspects of corneal surgery.

Prof McGhee, after hours...

Charles lives with his Australian wife Jane, two demanding Burmese cats and a large moggie named MacTum. He pursues electric blues guitar, sculpting, painting, photography, DIY, and more recently, cycling and sailing - whenever he can avoid the siren call of ophthalmology.

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