About us

Welcome to Southern Eye Specialists Laser, Christchurch’s laser surgery dedicated to providing the very best in specialist care, innovative technology, and enduring results.

Our team


Dr John Rawstron
MB ChB, MPH, GDipM (Refract Surg), FRANZCO
Cataract, LASIK, corneal transplant
Dr Elizabeth Conner

Paediatric ophthalmologist, LASIK, anterior segment, cataract surgeon


Marie Taylor

Operations Manager


Clinical Team Leader

Clinical Team


Laser Team Leader


Ophthalmic Technician




Our story

Established in 1992 by two visionary Christchurch ophthalmologists, Southern Eye Specialists now provide unparalleled knowledge and expertise across all eye conditions.

Within our purpose-built facility in the central city we undertake a wide variety of eye treatments and surgical procedures, providing laser eye surgery expertise as part of our wider delivery of expert eyecare. 

With innovative processes and advanced modern technology we ensure patients receive the very best insight, treatment, and care in their eye laser surgery treatment.

A key strength of our service is the experience of our team. Our doctors have worked in the public sector in clinics and hospitals throughout the world. It’s their wealth of experience that makes such a difference in the standard of care we can provide with laser eye surgery. 

These laser eye specialists are supported by a highly skilled nursing group, backed by a dedicated administrative team, and bolstered by the tight-knit specialist expertise from the wider group of Southern Eye ophthalmologists.

This is how we can ensure the analysis and treatment are ideally suited for the unique individual needs of each patient. This is why we will continue to lead the way with the best results for these patients.

Your care

We know that having an eye condition changes how we live our lives. The effects on people can range from mild annoyance through to considerable worry and anxiety. That’s why our team takes pride both in the strength of our expertise and the diligence within our care.

We do everything we can to make certain you are at all times clearly informed and guided within a warm and supportive environment.

Some of this care involves the ‘big stuff’, ensuring we have the latest in cutting edge technology, that it is used by the renowned experts in laser surgery, that you are always supported by a nursing and administrative team that has your best outcome at the heart of our work.

Other aspects of this care require staying focused on the little details. This ranges in everything from ensuring we have free parking right outside, to making our reception and waiting area as comfortable as possible, to complimentary tea and coffee and more.

Above all, our work is always focused on delivering clarity of vision and quality of life. This work is both a privilege and a responsibility. Providing life-changing results with laser eye surgery is one of the best jobs in the world!

If you have any questions about whether laser eye surgery is right for you, please don’t hesitate to get in touch.