Coming Up

Our AGM and Conference in Christchurch on Saturday 6 September.  More info on our News & Events page.

Free seminars on Macular Degeneration - more info on the MDNZ website.

General Election - Telephone Dictation Voting

A new service for enrolled voters who cannot mark their ballot papers without help because of disability.  More info is on the Elections website.  To use this service, register from 21 August by calling 0800 028 028.  You must register by 7.00pm Thursday 18 September to use it.

Retina International World Congress 2018

Retina NZ and the University of Auckland will be hosting this in February 2018.  More information will be available shortly.

Your Blue Book

Retina NZ's guide for people newly diagnosed with retinal disorders or adjusting to living with reduced vision.  Recently updated.

Seeing Things?

Listen to Dr Oliver Sacks talk on visual hallucinations associated with sight loss:

What hallucination reveals about our minds

Welcome to Retina New Zealand

Retina New Zealand Inc. is a voluntary organisation of and for people with retinal disorders.  In 2014 we celebrated our 25th birthday.

On this site you can find more about us and what we do; sources of information on retinal disorders, other eye conditions, and adjusting to low vision; back copies of our newsletter; where and when the next National Conference or local meeting is to be held, and how to join us.

You can also find our Retina Youth network on Facebook, or visit their website here.

Telephone-Based Peer Support

If you've been diagnosed with a retinal disorder, have a close friend or family member who has, or just want to find out more about Retina NZ, ring 0800 233 833 (New Zealand only) to talk to a peer support co-ordinator.

Eye Alert!

We recommend that you contact an optometrist or ophthalmologist immediately if you experience an unexpected change in vision, or odd visual effects like a shadow obscuring part of your vision or bright flashes of light and/or new and persistent dark blobs (floaters).

Flashes and floaters are harmless in themselves, but they may be a sign of a retinal problem.

And because some sight-threatening conditions are symptomless in their early stages we also encourage everybody to have regular eye examinations.

We are grateful to the following agencies for their support or assistance:

Yates logo. Cosmos Bright Eyes packet Yates kindly donate 40 cents to Retina NZ for every packet of Cosmos Bright Eyes seeds sold in New Zealand. Pick up a packet next time you are buying seeds and support us too!

Blind Foundation logo NZORD logo Lottery Grants Board logo

Retinal photographs on this website are courtesy of the New Zealand Association of Optometrists. Other photographs in our page headers are courtesy of the National Eye Institute, National Institutes of Health.