Appointments during Alert Level 2 - Updated 8 September 2021
Canterbury DHB is advising people with acute ophthalmology (eye) conditions to still seek the care they need. In addition, those with scheduled injection appointments with our Ophthalmology service should still attend their appointments following Alert Level 2 guidelines. More information
There can be delays in seeing patients so we advise not to schedule another appointment within two hours of your eye appointment time.
You may be required to see more than one health professional at an appointment visit. There is often more than one clinic running simultaneously, so the waiting times for each of the clinics may be different.
Remember, if you’re not sure about anything, don’t be afraid to ask questions.
The Canterbury DHB Eye Outpatients Department treat people with a serious eye problems, who have been referred by an optometrist or a doctor. Please see an after-hours GP if you need urgent treatment.
There is a drop-off and pick-up zone outside the Outpatients building, parking is very limited, so you are likely to need to park further away. We recommend use of the Deans Avenue cap park and hospital shuttle bus.
Hospital volunteers are usually on hand in the Christchurch Outpatients building foyer to help any patients who need assistance.
The eye nurse or orthoptist will check your vision.
They may also put eye drops into your eyes which helps us see your eyes better. These eye drops can last more than 24 hours. They make your eyes blurry and make you sensitive to light for that time.
You may have an appointment with the orthoptist and with the doctor as well who will ask questions about your vision, medical history and look into your eyes and may ask you to look up or down.
They will put a patch over one eye at a time and play matching games with you to test your vision.
The consultation with doctor will be much the same as the orthoptist.
Orthoptists (specialised staff member working with children with eye problems)
If you wear glasses please bring these with you.
Sunglasses or a hat will protect you from being light sensitive after you have dilating eye drops.
Also bring snacks, drinks and games or books to amuse you for what may be a long wait.
If you have a baby: Having a spare change of nappies for your baby is a good idea due to wait times.