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



Posted by Michael Forrest on 20 September 2011 | 0 Comments

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Around 1.7 million Australians have diabetes, and almost 6000 children under 14 have type 1 diabetes. Half of Australia’s diabetics probably don’t know they have it.

Lions Recycle for Sight

Posted by Michael Forrest on 28 August 2011 | 0 Comments

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The Lions Clubs have had a long tradition of supporting eye care. I have been very grateful to the Aspley Lions Club in particular for their support in the development and implementation of our Telemedicine program for Retinopathy of Prematurity screening at the Mater Mothers Hospital.

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.

Multiple Sclerosis

Posted by Michael Forrest on 15 June 2011 | 0 Comments

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Multiple Sclerosis (MS) is an inflammatory disease in which a person’s immune system attacks their central nervous system. It most commonly affects young people, with an average age at diagnosis of just 30 years. There is no cure, and it can cause progressive neurological deterioration, affecting mobility, vision and sometimes cognition. About 20,000 Australians have MS.

CATT is Good News for Macular Degeneration Patients

Posted by Michael Forrest on 7 May 2011 | 0 Comments

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Last week the New England Journal of Medicine published the study eye care professionals have long been waiting for, comparing treatments for macular degeneration (AMD). The CATT study (“Comparison of Age-Related Macular Degeneration Treatments Trials”) was funded by the American National Eye Institute (NEI) to compare Lucentis and Avastin head-to-head in the treatment of AMD. 

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.

Telemedicine and Retinopathy of Prematurity at the APAO

Posted by Michael Forrest on 23 March 2011 | 0 Comments


The Asia Pacific Academy of Ophthalmology Congress is being held in Sydney this week, with around 4000 eye health professionals from more than 60 countries. It’s exciting that this is happening in Australia, and it’s an opportunity to see and hear some of the many challenges in eye care, and some of the solutions being offered. 

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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