Eye Institute are extremely fortunate to house 17 world class surgeons in our state of the art, purpose built facility. Our surgeons are invited to present on the latest techniques and advancements in ophthalmic treatment at events not only around New Zealand, but around the world. Meet our industry leading 'Visionaries' below: 


Joel is a vitreo-retinal specialist, who in addition to Eye Institute, works at Eye Doctors, Auckland District Health Board and Counties Manukau District Health Board. He graduated from the University of Otago in 2007 and after ophthalmology training and research in New Zealand, went to Toronto to specialise in retinal diseases and vitreo-retinal surgery. He has a passion for clinical research and strives to achieve the best outcome for patients with retinal problems. Joel can speak Mandarin and has a particular interest in secondary intraocular lens implantation.

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Dr Yap’s specialisations:

Vitreo-retinal surgery:

Conditions treated with vitreoretinal techniques include:

  • Retinal detachment
  • Epiretinal membrane
  • Macular hole
  • Complex cataracts
  • Severe diabetic retinopathy
  • Floaters
  • Complications due to other eye surgery
Cataract Surgery:
  • ‘No needle’ anaesthesia (safe for patients on aspirin and warfarin)
  • No pain (numbing anaesthetic gel)
  • No sutures ("key-hole" small incision surgery)
  • No eye patch (useful vision through a clear protective shield returns in minutes)
  • No worries – sedation provided by a specialist anaesthetist, if you desire
Retinal diseases and their management:
  • Age related macular degeneration and other macular disorders 
  • Retinal vascular disorders - retinal vascular occlusions and diabetic retinopathy

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Training and Principal Qualifications

MBChB (Otago)

PGDipOphthBS - graduated with distinction (Otago)

Fellow of the Royal Australia and New Zealand College of Ophthalmologists (FRANZCO)
Vitreo-retinal Fellowship - Waikato Hospital, New Zealand

Vitreo-retinal Fellowship - University of Toronto, Canada


Associations and Memberships

Fellow - Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Ophthalmologists

Member - American Society of Retinal Specialists (ASRS)

Member - European Society of Retinal Specialists (EURETINA)


Positions Held

Honorary Research Fellow in Ophthalmology - University of Auckland

Consultant Ophthalmologist - Auckland and Counties Manukau District Health Boards



Dr Yap, after hours...

Joel likes to spend time at home with his wife, Ploy, who is a trained pastry chef. Together, they have two young children, Elle and Ethan, who pretty much takes over all their spare time. 

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