Coming Up

Our 25th birthday - yes, in June it will be 25 years since we started out as the Retinitis Pigmentosa Society.

Our AGM and Conference in Christchurch on Saturday 6 September.

Your Blue Book

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

Seeing Things?

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

What hallucination reveals about our minds

Retina Youth

Visit the Retina Youth website.

Welcome to Retina New Zealand

Retina New Zealand Inc. is a voluntary organisation of and for people with retinal disorders.

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 being held, and how to join us.

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.