Dr David Kent


Fendalton Eye Clinic provides modern state-of-the-art laser eye surgery specialising in High Definition LASIK®. Our eye surgeon is Dr David Kent.

Dr Kent (MBChB, FRANZCO, FRACS) is one of Australasia's leading LASIK specialists and has done over 20,000 LASIK procedures, more than any other New Zealand eye surgeon.

Recognised as a leader in the field of LASIK surgery, Dr Kent is both the current New Zealand representative to the International Society of Refractive Surgery and the New Zealand representative to the Australasian Society of Cataract and Refractive Surgery.

Dr Kent has been the leader in refractive surgery in the South Island being the first eye surgeon to perform the following procedures:

  • PRK
  • Wavefront-guided personalised (customised) LASIK and PRK
  • Implantable contact lenses
  • High Definition LASIK®  Creating the corneal flap utilising the Zeiss VisuMax® femtosecond laser 
  • Toric and multifocal intraocular lenses used in cataract surgery
  • Intra-corneal ring segments to treat keratoconus.
  • Riboflavin corneal cross-linking to treat keratoconus.
  • The Acufocus (KAMRA) corneal inlay used for correcting presbyopia.

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. He specialises in refractive cataract surgery aiming to reduce dependence on glasses and/or contact lenses.


Dr David Kent completed his medical degree in 1985 and training as an eye surgeon (ophthalmologist) in 1992 in Auckland. He then spent 12 months at Moorfields Eye Hospital in London doing post-graduate fellowship in glaucoma. Dr Kent then spent 19 months in Charleston, South Carolina working with Dr Kerry Solomon and Dr David Apple at the Storm Eye Institute, Medical University of South Carolina. There he did post-graduate training in excimer laser surgery, cataract surgery and intraocular lenses. He then worked at an excimer laser clinic in Melbourne to further his sub-specialty training before returning to New Zealand in 1996 to establish the Fendalton Eye Clinic. 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.
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 was the first South Island eye surgeon to use the femtosecond laser to make the LASIK flap.

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.

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 is the elected New Zealand representative on the executive committee of the Australian Society 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.

Dr Kent was the first New Zealand eye surgeon to offer the innovation of Bioptics surgery - a combination of Implantable Contact Lens surgery and LASIK to correct extreme focusing errors.



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  • Pediatric capsulorhexis technique
  • J Cataract Refract Surg. 1995;21:236
  • Irreversible silicone oil adhesion to silicone intraocular lenses. A clinicopathologic analysis.
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  • Security of capsular fixation: small-versus large-hole plate-hepatic lenses
  • J Cataract Refract Surg. 1997;23:1371-5
  • Effect of surface photorefractive keratectomy and laser in situ keratomileusis on the corneal endothelium
  • J Cataract Refract Surg. 1997;23:386-97
  • Three multizone photorefractive keratectomy algorithms for myopia. The Melbourne Excimer Laser Group
  • J Refract Surg. 1997;13:535-44
  • Silicone oil adhesion to intraocular lenses: an experimental study comparing various biomaterials
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