Are you suitable for PRK?

Dr. Matthew Russell discusses suitability for PRK laser eye surgery

PRK is a procedure that we do on a select number of patients, and we do it primarily in patients who are not good candidates for LASIK.

So why wouldn’t you be a good candidate for LASIK? There are a few reasons.

One of them is that you may perform a job or play high-level contact sports where it wouldn’t be good to have a LASIK flap because that flap could become injured. Or if it did become injured, you could be putting yourself or other people in danger – for example, a firefighter, police officer or a pilot, for example…



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


In that case, PRK is the most appropriate procedure because there is no risk of having a flap related issue.

Also, some people can’t have LASIK because their cornea is naturally too thin. It’s just simply not possible to do the procedure safely and leave enough healthy, normal cornea left behind for the cornea to be stable longterm. In that case, PRK is the best procedure to perform.

An excellent place to start when you’re thinking about laser vision correction is to go to our website and take the online suitability test. In that way, you can, in a detailed manner, find out whether you’re likely to be a good candidate for laser treatment and then take the next step to call us and make an appointment for a free assessment.

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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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