Dr David Kent

Dr David Kent


Dr David Kent of Fendalton Eye Clinic, Christchurch   provides modern state-of-the-art laser eye surgery specialising in the LASIK technique. Dr Kent is one of Australasia 's leading LASIK specialists. Recognised as a leader in the field of LASIK he is the current New Zealand representative to the International Society of Refractive Surgery.

Dr Kent also offers the latest techniques in cataract surgery. He has done almost all his cataract surgery under topical eyedrop anaesthesia with no injection, no eyepatch since 1996.

Surgical Experience

At Fendalton Eye Clinic Dr Kent was the first eye surgeon in the South Island to perform both PRK and LASIK surgery. Since 1997 he has specialised in the LASIK technique. Dr Kent has offered both eye, same day LASIK surgery since 1997.

He is one of the most experienced surgeons in the LASIK technique in Australasia and has done more LASIK surgery than any other New Zealand eye surgeon. By early  2006 Dr Kent had done over 11,500 LASIK procedures .

Dr Kent regularly presents scientific papers on LASIK at major ophthalmic meetings in the USA , Australia and New Zealand . He has authored or co-authored a number of scientific papers on laser refractive surgery. Dr Kent is a member of both the American and Australasian Societies of Cataract and Refractive Surgery.

Dr Kent 's other areas of expertise is cataract and intraocular lens surgery. Dr Kent offers a number of innovations in cataract surgery including no needle, no eyepatch, cataract surgery. He is the South Island 's leading user of multifocal intraocular lenses such as the Alcon ReSTOR.


Dr David Kent completed his medical degree in 1985 and training as an eye surgeon (ophthalmologist) in 1992. He then spent 12 months at Moorfields Eye Hospital in London and a further 19 months at the Medical University of South Carolina . In the USA Dr Kent  did  post-graduate training in excimer laser surgery, cataract surgery and intraocular lenses. He worked in Melbourne to further his sub-specialty training in excimer laser surgery  before returning to New Zealand in 1996 to establish the Fendalton Eye Clinic.

Dr Kent was the first New Zealand eye surgeon to undertake formal university based training in LASIK surgery, in 1994. During his time in the United States Dr Kent was involved in US FDA trials of excimer laser surgery as well as research into how the cornea heals after the LASIK procedure.

"I invite you to contact us at Fendalton Eye Clinic where we will be only too happy to provide further information and answer any questions".

Dr David Kent, Ophthalmologist