Dr Ben LaHood is an ophthalmologist specialising in cataract surgery, laser vision correction and anterior segment conditions. His main area of expertise in ophthalmology is providing patients with custom vision correction options to suit their lifestyle. 

Dr LaHood is a world recognised expert in cataract and refractive surgery. His research work is frequently published and presented worldwide. Ben offers a boutique, personalised service where patients have time to discuss what they want and understand their options.

Ben’s main areas of expertise are:

  • Laser Vision Correction surgery with LASIK, SMILE and PRK

  • Cataract surgery with multifocal intraocular lenses

  • Cataract surgery following previous laser vision correction

  • Treatment of presbyopia (loss of near vision with age)

  • Management of astigmatism

  • Pterygium surgery

  • Laser treatment of irregular corneas

  • Crosslinking of keratoconus

  • Removal of lid lesions and cosmetic reconstruction

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Surgery to remove your lens and replace it with a new artificial lens suited just to you 


Laser correction of shortsightedness, longsightedness, astigmatism and age changes in focus


Intraocular Lens (IOL) Choices

During cataract surgery and refractive lens exchange surgery, a new intraocular lens (IOL) is implanted in your eye. Choosing the right lens for what you want for your vision is an important step. At your appointment with Dr LaHood, plenty of time is spent explaining your options. You may also want to read more information here.

Presbyopia Solutions

When we all get into our 40s, 50s and 60s we lose our ability to change focus from distance to near. There are surgical and laser procedures to give this vision back to you without the need for reading glasses. When you meet Dr LaHood he will explain this process and your options. You may also want to read more here.

Other Conditions and Procedures

Dr LaHood also manages and treats a number of other conditions including pterygium, uveitis, macula degeneration, glaucoma and lid lesions.





Dr LaHood was the top ranked entrant into the prestigious Otago Medical School in New Zealand, from which he graduated with distinction in 2007. He went on to complete his Postgraduate Diploma in Ophthalmology in 2011 graduating with distinction and being awarded prizes in Ophthalmic anatomy, physiology and optics. Ben undertook subspecialty training in refractive surgery in Adelaide, Australia where he was mentored by Professor Michael Goggin to become an authority on astigmatism management, premium IOL implantation and laser vision correction. Dr LaHood is now frequently invited to speak on cataract and refractive surgery topics worldwide.

MBChB (distinction)
Otago University 2007

PGDipOphth (distinction)
Otago and Sydney Universities 2011


PhD University of Adelaide
(scheduled completion 2021)


Fellow of the Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Ophthalmologists (FRANZCO)

Member of the European Society of Cataract and Refractive Surgeons (ESCRS)

Member of the American Society of Cataract and Refractive Surgeons (ASCRS)

Member of the Australasian Society of Cataract and Refractive Surgeons (AUSCRS)


PODCASTS by Dr Ben LaHood

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Ophthalmology Against The Rule (OATR) is a podcast hosted by ophthalmologists Dr Ben LaHood and Dr Nick Andrew. In each episode they discusses the simple things overlooked and the complex things left ignored about ophthalmology. Serious talks about interesting ophthalmic issues in an easy listening podcast.

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Join Dr Ben LaHood as he dives deeper into the world of ophthalmology with some of the most interesting experts in the field. From cataract and refractive surgery, to dry eye, glaucoma and many more – the most important subjects are deserving of the Second Look in this casually investigative and entertainingly insightful podcast.

Keep up to date with Dr Ben LaHood and his latest activities, presentations and publications


As a result of these surgeries I no longer wear glasses and I can now easily read the bottom line on the eye chart and small print on my iphone.

Dr LaHood and his staff were friendly, professional and capable. The process was streamlined and the result was excellent. Would recommend to anyone looking for LASIK surgery.

Having done my LASIK surgery with Dr Ben LaHood, it has been an amazing experience.

Brian - Auckland

Shih-Kuan - Auckland

Eugene - Auckland

As someone who is a consumer of services and also occasionally a patient myself, I believe in doing your research and hearing what other people have to say before making a decision, especially when it’s regarding something as important as your eyes!

Many patients have kindly left reviews about me as a doctor and the benefits of eye surgery, some are above and others are  here.

I invite you take a look. Thank you.







PHONE: +61 (08) 8293 2700

EMAIL: ben@drbenlahood.com

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