“I think that one of the best things about ophthalmology is that people can walk in with an eye problem and walk out with it fixed. In many other branches of medicine, things often take a long time and involve long stays in hospital with multiple drugs, but ophthalmology is just not like that.” - Dr Peter Hadden

Dr Hadden was among the first in New Zealand to use the revolutionary 25 gauge vitrectomy system, which allows microsurgery techniques that mean no pain, no sutures, and a much faster recovery time. He also runs New Zealand’s adult intraocular eye cancer service as well as teaching and examining in ophthalmology both nationally and internationally. His unique subspecialties mean that Eye Institute is able to offer surgical techniques to treat conditions that 10 years ago were irreversibly blinding.

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Dr Hadden’s specialisations:

Refractive-Cataract Surgery
  • No needle anaesthesia (safe for patients on aspirin and warfarin)
  • No pain (numbing anaesthetic gel)
  • No sutures (“key-hole” small incision surgery)
  • No eye patch (useful vision through a clear protective shield returns in minutes)
  • No worries - sedation provided by a specialist anaesthetist, if you desire
Retinal Surgery

Dr Hadden is one of only around a dozen surgeons in the whole of New Zealand who have had training in Vitreoretinal surgery. Conditions treated with vitreoretinal techniques include:

  • Retinal detachment
  • Epiretinal membrane
  • Macular hole
  • Intraocular tumours
  • Complex cataracts
  • Macular degeneration
  • Diabetic retinopathy
  • Retinal vein occlusion
  • Floaters
  • Complications due to other eye surgery

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Training and Principal Qualifications:
  • University of Otago Medical School
  • One year full-time Fellowship training in Cataract, Vitreoretinal surgery and Diseases of the retina in Perth, Australia with Professor Ian Constable, Order of Australia
  • One year full-time Fellowship training in Vitreoretinal surgery and Diseases of the retina in Glasgow, Scotland (Scotland's largest vitreo-retinal surgery centre)
  • Six month full-time Fellowship training in Eye Tumours in Liverpool, England. Professor Bertil Damato mentor (The largest number of adult eye tumours in the UK are referred here)
  • Six month Research Fellow, Wills Eye Hospital, Philadelphia, USA (The largest Eye Hospital in the USA)
Positions held:
  • Clinical Senior Lecturer in Ophthalmology - University of Auckland
  • Consultant Ophthalmologist - Auckland District Health Board
  • Visiting lecturer at the Part II Royal Australian & New Zealand College of Ophthalmologists annual course
  • Examiner - Royal Australian & New Zealand College of Ophthalmologists
  • Eye Surgeon - Eye Institute
Associations & memberships:
  • Fellow – Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Ophthalmologists

Dr. Hadden began his training at Otago Medical School before further study at Perth’s Lions Eye Institute under the legendary Professor Ian Constable, Order of Australia. He then spent a year in Glasgow studying vitreoretinal surgery and diseases of the retina, and then a further 6 months in Liverpool studying eye tumours, before becoming a Research Fellow at Wills Eye Hospital in Philadelphia, the largest eye hospital in the US.

Dr Hadden, after hours...

Dr Hadden is married to Andrea, a physiotherapist, mum, wife and his best friend. They have 5 kids = all energy and no down time!

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In light of Covid-19, we are taking additional steps to ensure the safety of our patients and our staff when they visit one of our clinics:

  1. We have set up pre-screening stations before entering the clinic and turning away any suspected cases
  2. We are disinfecting all surfaces between each patient
  3. We are adhering to all social distancing protocols in both our clinics and our theatres
  4. We are offering virtual consultations for any patient that would rather see us from the comfort of their own home



Alternatively you can call us on 0800 99 2020 to speak to one of our friendly customer care consultants.