How Queenslanders see before they have laser eye surgery in Brisbane

Did you know that you can get an idea of your candidacy for laser vision correction before visiting an eye doctor for laser eye surgery in Brisbane?

Many people want a low-commitment option to see if they are a candidate for the procedure before they visit. Our suitability self-test not only gives them a better idea of what type of procedure may suit them but also help give them insight into their expectations for what they can see after vision correction!

We’ve offered a self-test since 2019 and we thought it’d be a great idea to share the results with you. Now you can see what people like you see before they have laser eye surgery in Brisbane!

Don’t worry, all of the data we collect is anonymous and we’ll never share individual self-test results with anyone but the person taking the test.

We’ve run two versions of the self-test to date.

The first version garnered 3328 responses and the second version has 2366 responses so far, totalling over 5500 people who’ve taken the test so far.

For this article, we’ll choose the most representative answers from the first self-test to give you a picture of who test takers were, how they could see before vision correction surgery and what holds them back from pursuing either LASIK or lens replacement.

Here’s the breakdown of ages for people who took the first version of the 5-minute test. Interestingly, we have a solution for all of these patients. People aged 20-39 tend to be more suitable for laser eye surgery, while people aged 40+ tend to be more suitable for lens replacement surgery:

Just over 2% of people had had laser eye surgery before taking the test. Presumably, they were keen to improve their results with a second treatment. Indeed, it’s true that you can have laser eye surgery more than once.

Most Queenslanders have never seen a specialist eye surgeon before taking the test. This proves that many people who are very early in their decision-making process find the self-test a great way to get started:

While not everyone answered the question, the vast majority of test-takers had moderate prescriptions. Fortunately, we can treat virtually all prescriptions up to -12 with laser eye surgery. And, if your prescription is more than -12 to -20, we can likely treat you with ICL lens implants.:

Most people have astigmatism (and many people didn’t know) 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:

Most test-takers wear glasses to correct their distance vision. That is called myopia (or short-sightedness) and yes, we can fix that with LASIK.

But many wear reading glasses! Fortunately, laser eye surgery can help replace reading glasses for most situations.

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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.”

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“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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We have replaced the images of real patients who provided these testimonials to protect their privacy.


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Of all the people who provided their prescription details, most were short-sighted:

And 17.7% of Queenslanders already knew they had a cataract! We tend to not recommend laser eye surgery if you have a cataract, but you may however be interested in laser cataract surgery.

About 2/3rds of people felt ready to get a free initial assessment after taking the self-test

Of the 1/3rd of people who had concerns, they shared their answers as follows, with laser eye surgery cost being the biggest barrier. What was wonderful to see was that almost no one thought they get could better quality than they could get with VSON:

An even higher percentage of people felt ready to have a lens replacement free assessment.

Of the 1/3rd that weren’t yet ready for a lens replacement free assessment, these were the things holding them back. While lens surgery cost was still the biggest factor, it’s interesting to note that fewer said that was their barrier, even though lens replacement is more expensive than LASIK:

After thinking about what held them back, many people then feel ready to proceed. However, many still want to think about it. And that’s ok! We’ll be here for as long as it takes.

Have you ever thought about what life would be like without glasses? How does it feel to wake up with clear vision every day, not having to worry about the inconvenience of wearing contacts or putting on makeup before leaving for work? If so then take this quick test today and see if you are a candidate for an eye procedure. It only takes 5 minutes and could change your life! Click here now to get started.

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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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