Is there a less invasive laser eye surgery than LASIK?

Hi, it’s Dr. Matthew Russell from VSON. When I tell people I’m a LASIK surgeon, some ask me: “Is there a less invasive laser eye surgery than LASIK”?

Established vision correction procedures such as LASIK and TransPRK have helped thousands of people enjoy improved vision but they aren’t suitable for everyone. In LASIK’s case, this is due to the use of blades when creating a flap on the surface of the cornea. With TransPRK, we are removing the top surface of the eye’s epithelium (skin) to get to the treatable surface.

One common reason why people aren’t candidates for LASIK procedures is due to having thin corneas. And, the relatively longer recovery period and mild discomfort after TransPRK can put some people off. Fortunately, there are advances in laser vision correction that can help people with both issues.

SmartSight is a new development in laser eye surgery that offers a less invasive alternative to traditional surgery. SmartSight is a trade name (like SMILE) that means small incision lenticule extraction. The very name gives a clue as to why this is a preferred treatment for many patients and eye surgeons. It is used to correct short-sightedness (myopia), with or without astigmatism.

This form of keyhole surgery corrects vision by using a high-precision laser to create a small incision in the cornea. The laser then remodels the tissue around the incision, correcting the shape of the cornea and improving vision. The whole procedure takes less than 30 minutes, and there is no need for stitches or bandages. Patients typically experience rapid recovery times and have excellent results.

Why choose SmartSight eye surgery?

SmartSight laser eye surgery has many benefits, including:

  • SmartSight is a laser eye surgery technique that doesn’t create a flap, making the eye more comfortable during and after the procedure.
  • The minimally invasive treatment reduces the risk of possible complications by using tiny incisions and microscopic equipment.
  • SmartSight can also correct astigmatism, as well as shortsightedness, making it a flexible choice of surgery.
  • There is less dry eye with SmartSight than with LASIK.
  • With accurate centring, even in higher degrees of astigmatism, it can achieve precise treatment and results.
  • This technique for lenticule extraction features eye-tracking technology to keep up with the movements of you eye during surgery.
  • Patients can return to applying eye make up, as well as taking part in physical activities such as swimming and sports, sooner.

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

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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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“Highly recommended. They are always helpful and friendly and the outcomes have been beyond my expectations.”
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“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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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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