Dr David Pendergrast
Corneal Fellow, Bristol University, Bristol 1989 -1991
About David’s career
David is an ophthalmologist at Auckland Eye, with sub-specialty expertise in cataract surgery, refractive and laser surgery, corneal transplantation, anterior segment surgery, conjunctival surgery and external eye diseases, including degenerative, infective and inflammatory conditions.
David trained in Medicine at Auckland University School of Medicine and in Ophthalmology in Auckland and Bristol, UK. He undertook higher training as the Smith and Nephew Commonwealth Fellow in Corneal and Anterior Segment Surgery at Bristol Eye Hospital and attended clinics at Moorfields Eye Hospital, London, before returning to the Tutor Specialist post at Auckland Hospital Eye Department in 1991.
David was a founder member of Auckland Eye. He is a part-time ophthalmologist at Greenlane Clinical Centre and a Clinical Senior Lecturer in the Department of Ophthalmology, University of Auckland. He lectures and gives clinical teaching and is a supervisor for ophthalmic registrars in training.
For the last 6 years he has been an examiner for the Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Ophthalmologists, responsible for the final examinations allowing trainees to become specialists in Australia and New Zealand
Additionally, he is a tutor and supervisor for the Corneal Sub-specialty Fellowship of the Department of Ophthalmology and a member of the Corneal Sub-specialty Interest Group of the Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Ophthalmologists.
David finds that this sub-specialty has many rewards. Corneal surgery is presently undergoing an exciting period of rapid advancement with the introduction of new techniques and imaging . Laser Refractive Surgery has seen incredible recent advances in laser technology. Advances in Intra-ocular Lens design have widened the ability to treat a range of previously difficult focusing problems. David also believes that advances in the management of eye diseases such as neoplasia and chronic inflammation can dramatically improve his patients’ quality of life.
When not at work, David enjoys spending time in the water off the rocky coast of Waiheke, in the Central Plateau or the dry hills of Central Otago, tree planting, tramping or trout fishing, or in the deep valleys of Fiordland trapping for the Valleys Project. David is married to Lois who is an Ophthalmic Nurse and they are proud parents of three adult children and more recently, amazing grand children.