Dr Reeves was inspired to pursue ophthalmology while still a medical student at the University of Otago. He was attracted by the ability to make a great difference to patients’ quality of life and the fascinating complexity of the eye and visual system.
He studied medicine at the University of Otago and graduated in 1998. After graduation, Dr Reeves worked as a junior doctor in Palmerston North and Christchurch. He then went to the UK, where he met his future wife in Cornwall.
Dr Reeves trained in Ophthalmology in the northwest of England, gaining a Fellowship from the Royal College of Ophthalmologists. His UK training involved working both in large university teaching hospitals and smaller district general hospitals. This gave him a broad ophthalmic education with exposure to a wide range of eye diseases.
He then returned to New Zealand in 2012 to undertake a glaucoma fellowship in Wellington. He was in private practice in Wellington for two years until taking up a position at the Manukau Superclinic at the start of 2016. He became Clinical Head of the Department for Ophthalmology at Counties Manukau DHB in 2019.