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National Eye Centre

The issue

The eye is one of the most important and sensitive of all the organs. Specialist care frequently spans a number of disciplines, hence greater collaboration is necessary to ensure quality patient care.

The solution

The New Zealand National Eye Centre (NZ-NEC) was launched in 2008, the culmination of eight years of collaboration and planning between researchers in the field of ophthalmology, optometry, eye health and visual sciences at the University of Auckland.


The unique composition of the Centre includes the two ophthalmic professions: vision science and ophthalmology.

The University of Auckland’s School of Optometry and Vision Science (which incorporates the Molecular Vision Laboratory) collaborates closely with the Department of Ophthalmology in the School Medicine.

The Centre has a combined staff of more than 100 clinicians, clinician-scientists and vision scientists, including honorary appointments.

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Many organisations work in collaboration in the area of eye care, including:

AAHA Partners
AAHA Partners2

Auckland DHB – Ophthalmology Services