Am I eligible for laser eye surgery?

Hi, it’s Matt Russell from VSON Laser Vision Specialists. So many people wonder, “Am I eligible for laser eye surgery? In this blog post, I’ll give you a few ideas on how to find out.

Advances in laser eye surgery technology mean that the majority of people are eligible for laser eye surgery. In the past, people used to think that you had to have a certain prescription. But nowadays, we can treat virtually all prescriptions with laser eye surgery.

The limits that the current technology can treat is long-sightedness up to around plus four, right down to the other end of the spectrum, which is short-sightedness up to minus 12. Now that’s a massive range, and most patients fall within that range.

If you don’t fall into that range, we also have new alternative technologies. For example, with ICL lens implant technology, we can treat up to minus 20 and up to eight to nine units of astigmatism. What the patient experiences is not hugely dissimilar to having laser eye surgery.

It’s very rare for a patient to come and see a modern refractive surgeon nowadays and for them to be turned away. That’s really rare.

In terms of astigmatism, when people say, “Oh, I have too much astigmatism to have laser eye surgery”, actually 99.9% of the time, they are wrong. We can treat up to four units of astigmatism. Some lasers can even treat up to five units of astigmatism. If you’ve got more than five units of astigmatism, you are off the scale. That’s incredibly rare.

To learn more about laser eye surgery and discover which eye treatment is best to free you from the hassle of glasses and contact lenses, book a free laser vision assessment today.

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“Very friendly and professional staff. Dr Russell is extremely informative and has a really positive presence. The doctor and all of the staff ensured all my questions were answered fully. I left the surgery feeling as if I’d been really well cared for.”

Suzanne Cooper
“The staff are all friendly and helpful.”
Alana Jenkins
“Dr. Russell and the entire team should be commended for their genuine care and personal attention. They made every possible effort to explain and clarify the treatment required and made sure I was comfortable through the consultation treatment.”
Xerxes Meher

“I was very impressed with the way they run things. It is a well-oiled machine. Everyone knew exactly what they were doing and were very friendly. To top it off, my treatment was excellent.”

Iris Van Quickelberghe
“Dr. Russell is my hubby’s specialist for years. We love him. Such a kind person and always spends time to explain everything.”
Zita Farczadi Kershaw
“Highly recommended. They are always helpful and friendly and the outcomes have been beyond my expectations.”
Brad Gooda

“Many thanks for your care and skill and a big thanks to all your staff for their friendly care and professionalism shown each time I have visited.”

Henry Ellison

“My wife came to see Dr Russell today and we wanted to say thank you to all the staff for the kind and professional service. We are also extremely grateful for Dr Russell’s generosity when it came to us paying for the consultation. We wanted to reach out and say thank you so much!”

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The best way to find out if lens surgery is right for you is to have an in-person assessment. You’ll get a clear answer from our experts on your suitability and vision correction options


Dr. Matthew Russell


Laser eye and cataract surgery specialist

With over 15 years of experience, I enjoy the privilege of helping patients of all ages reclaim clear vision or preserve it for as long as possible.

Vision correction and high-precision cataract surgery hinge on the expertise and skill set of the provider who also has access to the most precise tools for the job. Ophthalmic surgeons like me know how to make treatment safe, comfortable and positive for the patient. They know how to minimise the risk of complications and maximise successful outcomes.

I understand that medical and surgical eye care is a serious undertaking. I take the time to address whatever questions and concerns you might have. I believe everyone’s eyes are unique and require a customised solution tailored to your needs and goals.

My combination of education, training and experience positions me to provide optimal results for patients of all ages. I have a passion for helping my patients enjoy the clear, high-definition vision they need to live rich and active lives. Now, I have hand-picked a team of professionals that share my passion and commitment to exceptional care.

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