About Fendalton Eye Clinic

We are committed to providing excellence in laser eye surgery through the expertise of Dr David Kent and a dedicated team of caring staff.

Kathryn Martin
Office Manager
Laser Procedure 2010
2147 days of great eyesight
and counting...

Why Fendalton Eye Clinic are leaders in corrective laser eye surgery:

  • January 2015 Dr Kent commissioned the latest excimer laser in New Zealand. The Schwind Amaris 1050RS. Providing many technological advancements.
  • Since 1996 we have invested more in laser eye correction technology and installed more refractive lasers than any other clinic in the South Island.
  • Fendalton Eye Clinic has a purposely-built high quality operating laser theatre facility with specialised High-Efficiency Particulate Air (HEPA) filters. HEPA filters provide air purification technology by filtering out even tiny particulate matter from the air. The laser theatre also has positive pressure and a cold water cooled medical operating theatre quality air conditioning system.
  • In 2017 the Zeiss VisuMax® femtosecond laser was installed. Facilitating the beginning of SMILE eye laser at Fendalton Eye Clinic in Christchurch.

Experience & Expertise in laser eye surgery

  • Fendalton Eye Clinic in Christchurch, New Zealand was established in 1996 by Dr David Kent an opthalmologist and Jane Patterson an optometrist. Dr Kent has performed more LASIK surgery than any other New Zealand eye surgeon. He has been involved in excimer laser surgery since working in the USA in 1994 - longer than any other South Island eye surgeon. To date Dr Kent has performed over 28000 laser eye surgery procedures.
  • Dr Kent is a leader in corrective laser vision eye surgery. He was the first South Island eye surgeon to perform all of the currently practiced laser eye surgery techniques including PRK, microkeratome LASIK, customised treatments and femtosecond all-laser LASIK.
  • Dr Kent was the first laser eye surgeon in the South Island to begin personalised (wavefront-guided) laser treatments in 2002.
  • All clinical assistant staff at Fendalton Eye Clinic have tertiary qualifications in eye care. A caring, dedicated, committed team of eye care professionals.

Leading laser eye surgery technology

We are committed to delivering the highest standard in patient care utilising the combined tecnology of the very best femtosecond laser on the market the Zeiss VisuMax® together with the speed and accuracy of the Schwind Amaris 1050RS excimer laser with it's unparalleled technology of a seven dimensional eye tracker.

  • All our treatments are individually personalised or customised treatments utilising the advanced technology of the Schwind Amaris 1050RS excimer laser
  • We have the only laser system in the South Island that has a seven dimensional eye tracker for both alignment of the axis and full registration of the customised treatment. Preoperatively a digital image of your eye is created from the unique pattern of your eye. When you return for treatment, the laser recognises your eye, aligning your specific treatment in the correct orientation to enable the laser treatment to be delivered with pin point accuracy. This is important because all measurements of your eye are taken with you sitting but the treatment is done with you lying down under the laser. With advanced eye recognition technology your eye is registrated under the laser facilitating perfect alignment for treatment.
  • With the advanced technology that Fendalton Eye Clinic have invested in, Dr Kent is able to treat complex corrections, including high astigmatism.
  • For those with extreme short sightedness, implantable contact lens surgery may be an option.
  • Dr Kent also offers treatment for presbyopia, where the natural loss of near vision occurs with increasing age. Dr Kent offers multifocal intraocular lenses or laser vision corrections using monovision (blended vision). 


  • Fendalton Eye Clinic has a purpose built high quality operating laser theatre facility with proper medical standard HEPA filtration, positive pressure, cold water cooled medical operating theatre quality air conditioning
  • Dr Kent offers the safety and accuracy of the Zeiss VisuMax® femtosecond laser creating a "blade-free" LASIK flap combined with the precision of excimer laser correction. 
  • We provide six months follow-up in New Zealand following your laser eye surgery. You can choose to have your follow up at Fendalton Eye Clinic in Christchurch or if you live outside of Christchurch you can choose to have your follow-up with a local optometrist of your choice.