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 joy of my job is that I can make a huge difference to people in a short time.” - Dr Adam Watson

Dr. Watson’s focus – pun intended – is the front of the eye. His combination of specialisations enable him to address the face, eyelids, tear drainage system, surface of the eye and cornea together as a single functional unit to give the best possible outcome.

Dr. Watson is widely regarded as one of the finest surgeons in his field, regularly being referred more difficult and challenging operations by other eye doctors.

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Dr Watson’s specialisations:

Laser Vision Correction (LASIK, SMILE, PRK/Surface)

Laser eye surgery uses laser techniques to change the shape of the surface of the eye, the cornea.  Dr Watson is an expert in these techniques having had advanced fellowship training and more than 15 years’ experience.  By altering the shape of the cornea, laser eye surgery can remove most focusing errors. It corrects short-sightedness, long-sightedness and astigmatism.

Refractive Lens Exchange

An alternative powerful vision correction procedure suited to those 50 years or older.  Refractive Lens Exchange offers the opportunity to minimise or eliminate dependence on glasses.  Dr Watson uses the latest technology multifocal and extended vision lens implants with options tailored to your lifestyle.

Excellence in Cataract Surgery

Dr Watson uses the latest technologies and techniques to ensure a comfortable and pleasant experience for you while safely restoring more youthful vision. Additionally, underlying problems such as astigmatism, short-sightedness and long-sightedness are readily corrected. Techniques include:

•  no-needle, painless gel anaesthetic

•  small, sutureless incision technique

•   latest technology cataract dissolve and remove

•   astigmatism-correcting lens implants

•   options for minimising reading glasses use - multifocal lens implants, blended vision

Oculoplastic Surgery

•   Eyelid surgery including ectropion, entropion, blepharoplasty; lacrimal surgery – treatment of watery eyes; skin cancers around the eyes; orbital disease; botulinum toxin treatment .

•  Corneal Surgery: Keratoconus treatments including corneal collagen cross-linking (CXL)Keraring and Intacs implants

•  Corneal transplant surgery including partial thickness DALK and DSAEK techniques

•  Excimer and femtosecond laser surgical techniques

Ocular Surface Disease

Dry eyes, allergic eye disease, traumatic and immune limbal stem cell failure.

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Training and Principal Qualifications:
  • MB ChB (Otago)
  • Fellow – Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Ophthalmologists
  • Vision Correction Specialist & Director – Eye Institute
Membership to Professional Societies:
  • American Academy of Ophthalmology
  • American Society of Cataract and Refractive Surgery
  • Australasian Society of Cataract and Refractive Surgery
  • Australia and New Zealand Society of Oculoplastic Surgery


After graduating from the University of Otago Medical School in 1991, Dr Watson trained as an ophthalmic surgeon in Australia and Auckland before completing advanced subspecialist fellowship training over two and a half years at renowned centres in England, including Queen Victoria Hospital and Manchester Royal Eye Hospital.  

Dr Watson has published several papers internationally as well as a textbook chapter on aspects of LASIK management.  He routinely attends educational meetings and conferences in Australasia, USA and Europe to stay at the leading edge of clinical practice and frequently gives update lectures at educational meetings and seminars.

Dr Watson, after hours...

Adam was lucky to meet Kate, his wife, while working in England. Kate is a trained nurse with special experience in day surgical nursing. Together, they enjoy the region’s beaches, bush and city, exploring new places in New Zealand, and catching up with their family and friends both here and in the UK. They have four children who keep them happily busy at all times.

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