Dr Joel Yap
MBChB, PGDipOphthBS (distr), FRANZCO
Medical Retina Specialist
Cataract & Vitreo-Retinal Surgeon
About Joel's career
Dr Joel Yap joined our world class ophthalmology team practising at Auckland Eye in 2022. He is an eye surgeon who specialises in vitreo-retinal surgery and general ophthalmic surgery, including cataract surgery. Joel speaks Mandarin and has a particular interest in secondary intraocular lens implantation and complex vitreo-retinal surgery.
Joel grew up in Malaysia and his family migrated to New Zealand when he was 12. He completed his medical training at the University of Otago in 2007 and furthered his ophthalmic training in Auckland and other centres in New Zealand’s north island. He then went to the University of Toronto in Canada to further his vitreo-retinal subspecialist training.
In 2018, Dr Joel returned to practise at Auckland DHB and Counties Manukau DHB, sub-specialising in treating retinal diseases and vitreo-retinal surgery. Joel has a passion for clinical research and teaching, and strives to achieve the best possible outcome for the patients he cares for. He is a member of both the American and European Society of Retinal Specialists, as well as the Australian and New Zealand Society of Retinal Specialists.
He looks forward to providing excellent care and treatment to his patients at Auckland Eye, while continuing to work as a vitreo-retinal specialist in the public sector.
In his spare time, Joel is an avid traveller who enjoys social sports, especially basketball and soccer. If given the opportunity to explore another career, he would study architecture. He also enjoys playing the piano and has two young children, Elle and Ethan, who takes up almost all of his time outside work.