Fort Collins Ophthalmologist, Dr. Gary Foster MD
I am a board certified ophthalmologist and specialize in cataract and laser eye surgery in Colorado and Wyoming. The Eye Center of Northern Colorado is a multi-specialty ophthalmic practice, that is, we specialize in all types of eye disease and surgery. We have 6 offices spread through the towns of Fort Collins, Greeley, Loveland, and Cheyenne.
I grew up in Iowa with my four brothers and two sisters. We had no trouble finding trouble so some of my earliest memories involve our family doctor who always seemed to appear in times of crisis to make things better. That is probably why I always wanted to be a doctor. I wanted to help others in their times of need.
Later in life I became nearsighted and had to wear glasses and contact lenses to see. I viewed this problem as a disability and, when LASIK became available, I jumped at the chance to be cured from my vision problems.
I had LASIK and still can not believe the change it has made in my life.
Since then I have helped many thousands of friends solve their visual disabilities by gaining freedom from glasses and contact lenses through LASIK, SMILE, and advanced technology IOL cataract surgery.
Over the past decade I have been heavily involved in research projects to improve eye care technology worldwide. I have used that knowledge to educate and help other physicians by regularly lecturing, teaching, or inviting them to observe in surgery.
I recently served on the Cataract Committee, chaired the Complex and Challenging Cataract Committee, and co-chaired the Clinical Classroom Committee for the American Society of Cataract and Refractive Surgeons. The Challenging and Complex Cataract Committee was a group of the most experienced cataract surgeons in the world tasked to help train other doctors how to manage complex cases. Each year we would pick a couple of the most vexing surgical problems, collaborate on how to best avoid/treat them, and then publish our results.
I serve on the board of the Central American Eye Clinics and enjoy the time in El Salvador about every other month preforming cataract surgery and training local ophthalmologists at a clinic we created in Santa, Ana.
Outside of work I focus on my family and my church. I have three children, all in college right now, and the most amazing wife in the history of the world. Most of my free time revolves around their interests with wake surfing, snowboarding, scuba diving, mountain biking, hunting, fishing, and now most importantly, with my granddaughter. If you are a grandparent, you KNOW what I mean.
I tend to relax and do my best thinking while digging around in the dirt, so I spend a lot of time puttering around in my perennial garden. This past year I added 5 grow boxes so I am officially a vegetable gardener now.
In my church life, I serve in a lay position as the Stake President for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in Fort Collins and I am grateful for the opportunities it affords me to serve and give back in our community.
I am grateful to all of those that have trusted me to help them with their vision over the years. I hope that the posts in this blog will help you better understand and protect the wonder of your vision. If I can help you in any other way, please click the contact section of the page and drop me a line.