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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. 

Femtosecond Laser - New Data

Posted by Michael Forrest on 29 June 2012 | 0 Comments

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Last month the first major review so far of outcomes from cataract surgery with the new femtosecond laser was published. It is an important paper, representing the experience of expert cataract and refractive surgeons adopting this new technology in an advanced Australian surgical facility. The first 200 surgical cases performed by 6 surgeons were reported.

Smoking and Vision

Posted by Michael Forrest on 26 February 2012 | 0 Comments

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Last year a study published in the journal Optometry reported that Australian smokers are far more likely to know that smoking causes blindness than smokers in the US, UK or Canada. The investigators, who measured the health knowledge of smokers through telephone surveys, found that less than 10% of smokers in the US and the UK were aware of the link between smoking and blindness, but that in Australia, the only country of the 4 with a national awareness campaign about smoking and eye health, almost half of smokers were aware of the effects of smoking on vision.

Flowmaxtra and the Floppy Iris

Posted by Michael Forrest on 31 July 2011 | 0 Comments

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People often ask me why they need a current referral to see an ophthalmologist. The bureaucratic answer is that without a referral you can’t access the medicare rebate, but this may actually be the least important reason. Many people find it hard to remember details of their medical history, or their current (and past) medications. And it may not be immediately obvious which of these details are significant for their eye health.

Laser Cataract Surgery on "A Current Affair"

Posted by Michael Forrest on 16 April 2011 | 0 Comments

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After last night's "A Current Affair" story about laser cataract surgery I expect to be fielding a lot of questions next week. 

Femtosecond Laser Cataract Surgery

Posted by Michael Forrest on 9 April 2011 | 0 Comments

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The American Society of Cataract and Refractive Surgery (ASCRS) conference was in San Diego last week, and most of the hype and excitement was centred around Femtosecond Laser-Assisted Cataract Surgery. Although only one machine is in commercial use in the USA (the LenSx), the marketing drive is in full swing and this is set to continue, as three other companies are readying to launch their machines over the next 12 months (OptiMedica’s Catalys, Lensar, and Technolas Customlens from Germany). Alcon recently bought LenSx for more than $360 million, so it’s unsurprising that they’re trying to push home the advantage of being first on the market.


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Dr Forrest practices at Northside Eye Specialists, based at Chermside, North Brisbane. He also consults 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
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