Dr. Tim Forster was educated in Queensland at the Church of England Grammar School (Churchie) and the University of Queensland obtaining his post-graduat fellowships in 1980.
Dr. Forster practices as an independent Ophthalmologist with his central consulting rooms at the Wesley Medical Centre and branch practices at Oxley and Wynnum.
Dr. Forster believes in providing expert eye care (equal to the best in the world) based on many years of experience and delivered in a personal, compassionate, convenient, cost effective manner utilising the latest state of the art equipment resulting in quality ophthalmic care.
While he practices as a comprehensive adult Ophthalmologist, Dr. Forster has special interests in the treatment of the ageing eye, particularly cataracts and glaucoma and also regularly sees patients with macular degeneration and retinal vascular disease such as diabetic retinopathy. The operations he commonly performs are cataract surgery, refractive lens exchange, pterygium excision with auto-conjunctival transplant, glaucoma surgery and minor lid surgery.
Dr. Forster has vast experience and a special interest in the treatment of cataracts and has sophisticated equipment for measuring patients pre-operatively to assess the power and type of intraocular lens to be implanted. As well as the standard mono-focal intraocular lenses he is now implanting a large number of toric intraocular lenses to correct astigmatism and for selected patients, a tri-focal intraocular lens for those patients who wish to be spectacle independent.
Dr. Forster is happy to perform refractive lens exchange for those patients with refractive errors who wish to be less dependent on spectacles or spectacle independent and, as with cataract surgery, implants mono-focal, toric and tri-focal intraocular lens for appropriate patients.
Dr. Forster has a special interest in the treatment of pterygia and this is done under local anaesthesia in a day surgery with removal of the pterygium and to reduce the risk of recurrence of the pterygium, an auto-conjunctival transplant is performed at the same time.
Dr. Forster, being an expert glaucoma specialist, has a special interest in the management of glaucoma and has equipped his practice with state of the art equipment for early detection of glaucoma and the monitoring of structural damage which usually precedes further visual field loss by several years. As well as the usual equipment, Dr. Forster has now installed a Heidelberg Spectralis OCT (optical coherence tomography) which is proving invaluable in the diagnosis and management of macular disease and glaucoma.
Dr. Forster believes in continuing medical education to enable his patients to benefit from the latest in medical knowledge and techniques and regularly attends meetings and conferences.
Dr. Forster has been actively involved over the years in the functions of the Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Ophthalmologists as a federal councillor, a state branch chairman and, for many years, a member and subsequently for about 15 years, chairman of the Medicare Advisory Committee.
Dr. Forster is a foundation share holder/surgeon of the Queensland Eye Hospital and has served on the Medical Advisory Committee for over 20 years. He believes the facility and staffing is second to none and he uses the Queensland Eye Hospital for all his surgical procedures.