Select Committee hearing on Wednesday 12 March. Associate Professor Gordon Sanderson and Dr Lynley Hood from VICTA will address the Health Committee on the need for accessible, comprehensive, low vision rehabilitation services for those who do not qualify for Blind Foundation membership. More info is on our News & Events page.
Our public meeting in New Plymouth on Saturday 22 March. Details are on our News & Events page.
The new website is up and running. Visit it here.
Your Blue Book
This is Retina NZ's guide for people newly diagnosed with retinal disorders or adjusting to living with reduced vision.
Listen to Dr Oliver Sacks talk on visual hallucinations associated with sight loss:
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 and other eye conditions, 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 have 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.
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 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!