Specialising in Cataract and Strabismus Surgery & general Adult and Paediatric Ophthalmology


Vision Therapy for Convergence Insufficiency

Posted by Dr Michael Forrest on 26 October 2019 | 0 Comments

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When looking at a near target, such as text on a page (or a phone), the eyes converge so that both are fixating on the object of regard. Convergence Insufficiency, in which the two eyes struggle to maintain fixation together on a near target, is a reasonably common condition in childhood and a cause of double vision, blur at near, and reading difficulty. It has often been treated using vision therapy.

World Sight Day

Posted by Michael Forrest on 10 October 2019 | 0 Comments

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This international annual global day of awareness was started in 2000 by Lions Club International, and aims to be a call to action for governments and NGOs, as well as individuals. 

Glasses after cataract surgery?

Posted by Dr Michael Forrest on 21 June 2016 | 0 Comments

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Most people having surgery to remove cataracts have been wearing glasses for years by the time their cataracts start to affect vision. Many are well used to glasses by then and ambivalent about wearing them, but an increasing number of people hope to have a degree of independence from glasses. 

Eye Tattoo?

Posted by Dr Michael Forrest on 31 March 2016 | 0 Comments

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Recently the NSW State Government came under fire for regulating “eyeball tattooing”. In this form of body modification tattoo ink is injected under the conjunctiva to colour the sclera. A tattoo artist, Luna Cobra, claims to have invented the procedure, and to have performed it on around 10 Australians.

Here comes the sun ...

Posted by Dr Michael Forrest on 30 May 2015 | 0 Comments

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There has been a lot of recent discussion in the media about concerns that myopia (short-sightedness) may be increasing among children. Parents are often concerned whether or not they can do something to reduce the chance of their children becoming myopic, or reduce their myopic progression if they already are myopic.


Posted by Dr Michael Forrest on 13 April 2015 | 0 Comments

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Vaccination is not new technology (Edward Jenner developed the smallpox vaccine in 1796), but it is unquestionably amongst the greatest developments of medical science. Before being wiped out in 1979, smallpox is estimated to have killed 300-500 million people worldwide in the first 79 years of the 20th century.


Posted by Dr Michael Forrest on 27 December 2014 | 0 Comments

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Marfan Syndrome is a genetic condition that affects connective tissues, particularly the heart valves, aorta, and the eyes. People with Marfan Syndrome also tend to be tall, with long fingers and toes.

The RIGHT way to do it

Posted by Dr Michael Forrest on 1 November 2014 | 0 Comments

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Wrong-site surgery (performing surgery on the wrong side, wrong body part, wrong patient, or using the wrong prosthesis) is very rare, but is the most common surgical mistake. And, at least in theory, it should be easily avoided.

Dr Quin

Posted by Dr Michael Forrest on 31 May 2014 | 0 Comments

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Last weekend I attended the AMA National Conference in Canberra to see The President’s Medal awarded posthumously to Dr Bernard Quin. Dr Quin was an Australian doctor working in Nauru in the 1930’s, and then into the early years of the Second World War whilst Australian soldiers were stationed there. He cared for Australian workers and soldiers, and the broader local community, including a “leper colony”. After the withdrawal of Australian troops he stayed behind to continue to care for his patients while his young family were moved to safety in Melbourne. Japanese forces occupied the island and a little over 6 months later Dr Quin was murdered, along with 4 other Australians, in retaliation for an Allied raid.

Cavemen and Spectacles

Posted by Dr Michael Forrest on 17 April 2014 | 0 Comments

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Why didn’t cavemen need glasses?

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Dr Forrest practices at Northside Eye Specialists, based at Chermside, North Brisbane, and at Blackwood Street, Mitchelton.

Northside Eye Specialists
Chermside Medical Complex
3/956 Gympie Road
Chermside QLD 4032
Phone: 07 3359 8886
Fax: 07 3359 5557

12 Blackwood Street 
(Postal address: PO Box 6134)
Mitchelton  QLD 4053
Phone: 07 3855 2605
Fax: 07 3855 3707