Dr Oliver Comyn

Dr Oliver Comyn joins St George’s Eye Care from the United Kingdom as  second full-time Consultant Ophthalmologist, specialising in cataract surgery and retinal diseases. He completed the specialist training programme in Ophthalmology in London and the South East of England, culminating in a vitreoretinal fellowship at the Sussex Eye Hospital in Brighton. He then was selected for a prestigious vitreoretinal fellowship at the world-renowned Moorfields Eye Hospital in London. He brings the experience gained during these fellowships to expand what is on offer at St George’s to include treatments for medical and surgical retinal conditions.

Between 2010 and 2013 Oliver was a postgraduate student at the University College London Institute of Ophthalmology. Working under the supervision of Dr Philip Hykin and gene therapy pioneer Professor James Bainbridge, he carried out two clinical trials investigating the drug ranibizumab for diabetic eye disease. He was awarded the Doctor of Medicine degree for his thesis entitled “Clinical Outcomes of Vascular Endothelial Growth Factor Inhibition in Diabetic Eye Disease” in 2015. He has published widely in the fields of diabetic eye disease and retinal imaging, delivering presentations and posters at international conferences.

Oliver practises small incision cataract surgery using premium injectable intraocular lens technology, and is particularly interested in managing patients with cataract and co-existing retinal disease. He undertakes small gauge vitreoretinal surgery as day case procedures and aims to minimise the inconvenience and maximise the rehabilitation for patients undergoing retinal surgery.

Outside work, Oliver was vice-chair of the Board of Trustees for the Childhood Eye Cancer Trust (CHECT), the UK’s leading charity for children and families affected by the rare eye cancer retinoblastoma. He led the scientific advisory committee of the charity and directed funds to novel research into retinoblastoma treatments. He and his wife Kate are enjoying everything that Christchurch has to offer and are busy introducing their two young daughters to life in New Zealand.

Academic and Postgraduate Qualifications:

  • Member of the Royal College of Ophthalmologists UK (2008)
  • Fellow of the Royal College of Ophthalmologists UK (2015)
  • Doctor of Medicine (Research) (2015)
  • Certificate of Completion of Training – Ophthalmology (2016)

Dr Comyn’s professional memberships include:

  • New Zealand Medical Council
  • General Medical Council of UK
  • British and Eire Association of Vitreoretinal Surgeons
  • American Society of Cataract and Refractive Surgeons
  • International Associate of the Royal Australia and New Zealand College of Ophthalmologists
  • Professional Friend of Macular Degeneration New Zealand

Services:

Comprehensive treatment of eye diseases, including:

  • Cataract surgery
  • Medical retina – age-related macular degeneration, diabetic eye disease, retinal vascular disease
  • Surgical retina – retinal detachment, epiretinal membrane, macular hole
  • Uveitis
  • General ophthalmology – dry eye, blepharitis, glaucoma 

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