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: 


“This is life-changing for people, that’s what I love.” - Dr Nick Mantell

A specialist in cataract surgery, Dr. Mantell has restored the vision of over 8,500 people in a 17
year career. His expertise has been recognised by the University of Auckland Medical School,
where he holds the post of Clinical Senior Lecturer in Ophthalmology. His expertise in the dark
arts of scrummaging, as part of the front row of the ’91 Ranfury Shield-winning Waikato team, are
less well-known.

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Dr Mantell’s specialisations:

• Laser Vision Correction (Lasik, SMILE, PRK)

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.

• Refractive 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
• Refractive Lens Exchange

A procedure that replaces the natural lens of the eye with an Intraocular Lens (IOL) and can correct nearsightedness, farsightedness and astigmatism

• Bioptics

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.

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Training and Principal Qualifications:
  • MBCHB 1991
  • Ophthalmology training Auckland
  • Fellowship – (Vitreoretinal Surgical) Royal Manchester Eye Hospital, UK
  • Fellowship – (Vitreoretinal Surgical) Royal Victorian Eye and Ear Hospital, Melbourne
  • Fellowship – (Cataract and Primary Care) Moorfields Eye Hospital, London
  • Diploma in Refractive Surgery – Sydney University
  • LASIK certified surgeon
Positions held:
  • Vision Correction Specialist & Director – Eye Institute
  • Former Clinical Senior Lecturer in Ophthalmology – University of Auckland
Associations & memberships:
  • Fellow – Royal Australian and NZ College of Ophthalmologists
  • 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

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.

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.


Dr Mantell, after hours...

Dr Mantell loves spending time with his wife Michelle, 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!

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