Dr Ring’s specialisations:
Cataract & refractive lens surgery
Cataract surgery is a transformative experience and is also one of the safest surgical procedures performed today. Dr Ring’s passion is to restore sight to those who have been afflicted by cataracts. Dr Ring prioritises safety, high patient care and achieving excellent results for each of his cataract patients above all else.
His cataract surgery approach includes:
- Subconjunctival anaesthesia (so there is no pain, no movement, and nothing seen)
- No sutures (“key-hole” small incision surgery)
- No worries – sedation provided by a specialist anaesthetist, if you desire
For patients with significant astigmatism (oval-shaped cornea), we can select a toric implant to maximise distance vision without glasses.
Refractive lens surgery (clear lens extraction)
By removing the clear lens from the eye and replacing it with an implant, refractive lens surgery can give unaided near, middle distance and far distance vision without spectacles. These lenses are known as multifocal lenses.
Dr Ring started using the ReStor multifocal lenses in 2004 and changed to the FineVision brand six years ago, giving better intermediate-range vision. Toric versions are also available to give even better visual results.
Dr Ring also uses the Vivity lens which gives less haloes, slightly longer intermediate vision but less near vision.
Dr Ring specialises in oculoplastic surgery, which is the removal of skin tumours of the eyelid, repositioning both upper and lower eyelids, and managing watery eyes through eyelid or tear duct surgery.
Pterygiums are vascular scars at the inner corner of the eye that cause irritation. They can grow across the cornea to affect the vision. Nowadays, the surgical results are excellent.
Extra skin in the upper lids gives rise to heaviness and tiredness and may interfere with the patient’s field of vision. Dr Ring can remedy this by removing tissue from the upper lid – a technique known as blepharoplasty.
Laser eye surgery
Dr Ring brought Laser Eye Surgery to New Zealand in 1992 with his original partners.
Laser eye surgery, or laser vision correction, involves using a laser to change the shape of the surface of the eye, the cornea. By altering the shape of the cornea, laser eye surgery can remove any focusing error resulting in independence from glasses.
It corrects shortsightedness, longsightedness and astigmatism. Three techniques are available, PRK, LASIK and SMILE, all of which have their place.