About Our Surgeon
Dr. Thomas Eshun-Wilson
MBChB: University of Natal, Durban, South Africa (1988 -1993)
FC Ophth (SA): University of Cape Town, South Africa (1999 -2003)
FRANZCO Perth 2007
FC Ophth (SA) Part 1 Oct 97 Passed
USMLE Step 1 Oct 97 Passed 92%
USMLE Step 2 Mar 98 Passed 90%
FC Ophth (SA) Part 2 Oct 01 Passed
ICOBasic Science & Optics May 02 Passed
COClinical Sciences May 02 Passed with Merit
ICOInternational Council Scholar for outstanding achievement in exams
International Eye Units Visited
Moorfields Eye Institute, London, UK 1998
Jules Stein Eye Institute - Los Angeles, USA 2003
Wilmer Eye Institute - Baltimore, USA 2004
Massachusetts Eye and Ear Infirmary, Boston, USA 2004
Bascom Palmer Eye Institute - Miami, USA 2002, 2003, 2004, 2005
Singapore National Eye Centre - Singapore 2017
In Feb 2003 Dr Wilson started working as a fulltime refractive surgeon under the tutelage of Prof Emmanuel Rosen, for the Boots Lasik clinic in Bristol in the United Kingdom. In the course of that year he was able to perform over 400 Lasik procedures, with thousands of preoperative and postoperative consultations.
In Jan 2004 Dr Wilson started working for NetcareUK Ltd, as an ultrahigh-volume cataract surgeon in Southern England on their mobile units. Weeks in the outpatients department involved seeing on average 45 preoperative cataract patients per day performing a comprehensive eye examination, biometry assessment and consenting. Some weeks involved seeing on average 60 postoperative patients per day. He was fortunate to be with the company from the outset and so was able to influence the structure of the OPD patient experience, equipment acquisition, staffing ratios etc. In the mobile operating theatres he would personally perform cataract surgery by phacoemulsification under topical anaesthesia on over 23 patients per day, 6 days per week. This enabled him to operate on over 2900 cataracts in 2004-2005 for NetcareUK Ltd, with an anterior vitrectomy rate of just 1%.
Following the disappointment of not being able to start a double fellowship (in Neuro-Ophthalmology, Paediatric Ophthalmology & Strabismus at the Bascom Palmer Eye Institute in Miami, Florida, due to new US government regulations in 2005), a new non-academic career path was embarked upon. In 2006, Dr Wilson worked as a locum consultant in the UK in various units, whilst waiting for his visa to come through for an appointment in Australia. From July 2006 he worked as a Senior Registrar at Fremantle Hospital in Perth, Western Australia in a General Ophthalmology teaching capacity.
From March 2007 Dr Wilson started private practice in Hervey Bay, as a Comprehensive Ophthalmologist working for Central Queensland Eye Centre (CQEC) as part of Vision Group Holdings. In June the practice moved locations to a new 450 meters squared premise which houses 6 consulting rooms, a minor operating theatre and ‘state of the art’ diagnostic equipment. He performed his surgical (cataract, glaucoma, pterygium,) cases at St Stephen’s Hospital, Hervey Bay. In May 2009 he operated on his 1000th Cataract patient on the Fraser Coast as part of the rebranded Vision Eye Institute-Hervey Bay & Maryborough. Dr Wilson’s subspecialty interest remains complex cataract surgery. He now routinely performs cataract surgery under topical anaesthesia through a 2.2mm sutureless incision in under 10 minutes, with Toric Intraocular Lenses (IOL’s) to correct pre-existing astigmatism.
(In December 2018 Dr Eshun-Wilson’s personal cataract surgery experience passed 14,470 cases.)