Are you asleep during LASIK?

Hi, it’s Matt Russell from VSON Laser Vision Specialists. So many people wonder, are you asleep during LASIK?

The answer, I’m afraid, is no. While we can appreciate that being awake during a surgical procedure doesn’t sound like much fun. LASIK is far from your typical surgical procedure. Instead, it takes several minutes per eye to perform and, in expert hands, is completely painless.

How do people react after laser eye surgery?

After having Laser Eye Surgery, the first thing many people say, apart from “wow”, is that they were pleasantly surprised by how easy and painless it was.

Laser eye surgery is designed as a minimally invasive procedure. We apply numbing eye drops to your eyes before surgery to avoid any discomfort. This means you’ll feel very little during the actual procedure. To make you feel as comfortable as possible, your laser eye surgeon will also communicate with you throughout, explaining the process step-by-step.

What if I move during laser eye surgery?

Expectedly, one of the most common fears about being awake during LASIK Laser Eye Surgery is that you might somehow compromise the result by sneezing, coughing, or moving at precisely the wrong moment.

However, leading clinics only use the most state of the art laser that includes a system that tracks the movement of your eye more than 4,000 times per second. This ensures meticulous accuracy and means there is virtually nothing you could do to put yourself at risk during the LASIK procedure.

To learn more about LASIK eye surgery, and know which treatment is best for you to free yourself from the hassle of glasses and contact lenses, then please book online for a free laser vision assessment on our website 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.”
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“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.”

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“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.”

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“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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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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