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: 


“Helping people by delivering expert ophthalmic care. That's what matters to me.” - Dr William Cunningham

Will is an acknowledged expert in cataract and vitreoretinal surgery who splits his time between the Eye Institute and working publicly at the Greenlane Clinical Centre. He attended medical school at the University of Auckland where he received the top prize for Ophthalmology (Calvin Ring Prize in Ophthalmology) and the top prize for Surgery (Sir Carrick Robertson Prize for Surgery). Since becoming a fellow of the Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Ophthalmologists (FRANZCO), Will has gone on to complete two further fellowships in vitreoretinal surgery, and is looking to expand his field of expertise further by becoming New Zealands second formally trained ocular oncologist

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Dr Cunningham’s specialisations:

Vitreoretinal surgery:

The most advanced technologies in vitreoretinal surgery; the smallest 25 and 27 gauge "sutureless" vitrectomy instruments, revolutionary wide-angled retinal viewing systems - and he is able to perform most surgeries under local anaesthetic. These techniques allow for a quick, safe, pain-free operation with a faster postoperative recovery.

Conditions treated with vitreoretinal techniques include:

  • Retinal detachment
  • Epiretinal membrane
  • Macular hole
  • Intraocular tumours
  • Complex cataracts
  • Macular degeneration
  • Diabetic retinopathy
  • Retinal vein occlusion
  • Floaters
  • Complications due to other eye surgery
Cataract Surgery:
  • ‘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

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Training and Principal Qualifications:
  • MB ChB (Auckland)
  • FRANZCO Fellow of the Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Ophthalmologists

Dr Cunningham completed a one year academic/clinical fellowship at the University of Auckland before commencing Ophthalmology specialty training. After becoming a Fellow of the Royal Australian and New Zealand College of   Ophthalmologists (FRANZCO), Dr Cunningham went on to complete an extra two years of vitreoretinal subspecialty training, first spent at Waikato Hospital, Hamilton, New Zealand, and then at the world-renowned Lions Eye Institute and Royal Perth Hospital, Perth, Australia.

Membership to Professional  Societies:
  • Fellowship of Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Ophthalmologists (FRANZCO) – Member
  • Australia and New Zeland Society of Retinal Surgeons (ANZSRS)
  • RANZCO Maori and Pasifika Health Committee
  • Ophthalmology New Zealand (ONZ)

Dr Cunningham, after hours...

Outside of work Dr Cunningham enjoys spending quality time with his wife and son. Prior to embarking on his medical career he was a representative rugby player for North Harbour and Auckland.

He remains fit and active since retiring from contact sport, and many patients still ask if he is a rugby player. His response is that heavy contact sports and fine microsurgery aren't very compatible!

He has always had a passion for music, and still enjoys playing the guitar and drums when he has time.

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