Dr Dean Corbett

MB ChB 1991 Auckland; FRANZCO 1998

Dr Dean Corbett
Practising at

Southern Cross Central Lakes Hospital - Ophthalmology



Full NZ Registration Date

13 Dec, 1991

Special Clinical Interest(s)

His main interest is correcting focusing errors including short or near-sightedness (myopia), far or long-sightedness (hyperopia), astigmatism and presbyopia. This is called vision correction (or refractive) surgery and includes:

  • Laser vision correction LASIK, SMILE and PRK
  • Implantable Contact Lenses (ICL) for people unsuitable for laser eye surgery
  • Lens replacement, or cataract surgery, using highly sophisticated replacement lenses (IOL's) to deliver visual outcomes tailored to individual patients needs
Professional Profile

Dean is the only RANZCO recognised fellowship-trained refractive surgeon in New Zealand he is also the second kiwi ophthalmologist in history to be invited to join the prestigious International Intra-Ocular Implant Club (IIIC). This training in 1998 has lead to an in-depth understanding of the best surgical and non-surgical options for people wanting to reduce their dependency on glasses. Therefore, he can advise patients of the procedure best suited to them, optimising their visual potential and function. Dean is interested in special surgical techniques to maximise patient comfort both during and after cataract surgery, including microincision cataract techniques and “no–needle” topical anaesthesia, ensuring rapid recovery of visual function and comfort.

He has been instrumental in introducing new and innovative products and techniques to both New Zealand patients and surgeons. Notable career highlights are:

  • Clinical Tutor specialist Auckland Eye Department 2000
  • First specialist ophthalmic appointment at Counties Manukau District Health Board
  • First Kiwi surgeon to perform cataract surgery on the Mobile Surgical Services Bus in New Zealand
  • First New Zealand surgeon to use: Staar Toric Implantable Contact Lens, Sychrony Dual Optic Accommodating IOL, Lentis M Plus Standard and Toric Multifocal,  Acufocus KAMRA Corneal inlay for presbyopia, EnVista Standard and Toric IOL
  • First surgeon worldwide to implant the AMO Symfony extended range of vision IOL for correction of presbyopia

Dean is a consultant ophthalmologist at Auckland District Health Board, and Senior Clinical Lecturer and tutor to New Zealand ophthalmic registrars. In 2009 he received an award for excellence in registrar training and is a sought after lecturer and educator by GP’s, optometrists, ophthalmology trainees and ophthalmic companies. Dean has affiliations with several ophthalmology, cataract and refractive societies and colleges in New Zealand, Australia and the USA and has lectured extensively at seminars nationally and internationally.

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