Dr Stephen Best
BSc, MBChB, FRANZCO
BSc, MBChB, FRANZCO
Cataract Surgeon, Glaucoma Specialist,
Clinical Fellow at Wills Eye Hospital, Philadelphia: Glaucoma 1990 -1991
Neuro-ophthalmology 1991 -1992
Stephen joined Auckland Eye in 1994 as a specialist in glaucoma surgery and neuro-ophthalmic problems. Originally hailing from the West Coast, Stephen attended University of Otago completing undergraduate degrees in science and medicine. After his clinical years based in Christchurch, he was appointed to the Auckland Waikato registrar training program, completing FRANZCO qualifications in 1989. Following advanced sub-specialty fellowship training in glaucoma and neuro-ophthalmology for two years at Wills Eye Hospital in Philadelphia, Stephen returned to Auckland Hospital Eye Department as a tutor specialist in 1992.
Since that time, he has combined his private practice with public commitments at Greenlane Clinical Centre, where he enjoys the ongoing challenge of training registrars, teaching medical and optometry students. As part of the Auckland Eye peripheral clinic scheme, Stephen has also joined Eastcare Specialist Centre in Botany Road.
Stephen’s interest in glaucoma treatment has led him to participate in international multi-centre clinical trials for glaucoma medications. He is the immediate Past President of the Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Ophthalmology (RANZCO) after many years of contributing to numerous college activities such as being on the scientific program committee, a basic sciences examiner, college councillor, RANZCO Board member, Treasurer, Vice President and then President (2011-2013). He is also past Chairman of the NZ Branch of RANZCO. Stephen has previously served as Vice President of the Australian and New Zealand Glaucoma Interest Group (ANZGIG) and supports Glaucoma New Zealand.
Stephen is an established glaucoma specialist with over 25 years of practice, and enjoys the long-term relationship he builds with his glaucoma patients, but his greatest pleasure is restoring vision for patients with cataracts and helping to improve their quality of life. He finds it extremely rewarding to help his patients obtain and maintain good vision and prevent blindness from glaucoma.
Stephen is married and has two children. He likes to maintain an active lifestyle and is an avid cyclist participating in regular group rides and multi-day tours. He encouraged his son with school cycling, and his daughter with skiing during winter months. Family life includes an appreciation of good cooking, wine, and getting on the slopes. He contributes to the local community with an active involvement at St Andrews Church Epsom.