Am I suitable for flapless laser eye surgery?

Hi, it’s Dr Russell from VSON. When I tell people I’m a LASIK surgeon, some ask me: “Am I suitable for flapless laser eye surgery?”.

An ophthalmic surgeon can determine if you are a candidate for SmartSight surgery, also known as flapless laser eye surgery. This is the best way to ascertain if you’re a suitable candidate.

An initial assessment is required to uncover your eligibility, and what’s more, at VSON, our assessments are completely free.

In order to determine whether you’re a good candidate for the procedure, I will first ask you questions about your medical history, as well as your lifestyle.

Such questions will help us to gauge whether you’re suited to SmartSight surgery, or whether perhaps there is another, more appropriate eye surgery to fit your needs.

As a general rule, you should be accepted for SmartSight surgery if you fit the following criteria:

  • Are at least 18 years of age
  • Have short-sightedness and your prescription falls within 0.50 to -10.00 dioptres
  • Have astigmatism and your prescription falls within +/- 0.50 to +/- 6.00 dioptres
  • Have a prescription that hasn’t changed in at least a year
  • Have thinner than average corneas
  • Participate in contact sports such as football or rugby
  • Have a career whereby recovery needs to be safe and quick, such as if you’re a pilot or policeman or woman
  • Have difficulty or cannot use contact lenses

To learn more about laser eye surgery, or if you have any questions, schedule a free assessment at VSON here

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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!”

Troy and Liana Todd

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The best way to find out if eye treatment 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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