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Free yourself from glasses and contacts with LASIK in Brisbane



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Living with the enemy

Glasses and contact lenses have been a part of you for your whole life. Yes, they do their job but are they always on your team? Not if your visual aids make you feel like you’re missing out.

When confidence overcomes constraint

Now you don’t need to let glasses get in the way of you doing the things you enjoy, like working out at the gym, or your weekly yoga class.

Constraint has overcome confidence

Your visual aids can make you feel encumbered. They get in the way of you doing the things you enjoy, like working out at the gym, or your weekly yoga class.

Stop being comfortable feeling uncomfortable

Reject routine frustration and inconvenience, especially when being active.

See clearly through our hot and humid summers, even when it rains.

You’ve become comfortable feeling uncomfortable

You experience frustration and inconvenience regularly, especially when being active. Hot and humid summers are especially tricky when it rains.

Cut ties with the opponent

Imagine having 20/20 vision without the need for visual aids – that feeling of total freedom.

You’re no longer disadvantaged and able to perform your best whichever activity you pursue. You finally feel like you’re on a level playing field.

Cut your ties with the opponent

Imagine having 20/20 vision without the need for visual aids – that feeling of total freedom.

With LASIK surgery you’re no longer disadvantaged and able to perform your best whichever activity you pursue. You finally feel like you’re on a level playing field.

Enjoy a life free from glasses and contact lenses in 3 easy steps

Young woman in glasses with a tablet, Laser Eye Surgery Brisbane

Reach out

Chat us up, give us a call or book an appointment online. We make it easy to get in touch with us.

Smiling receptionist at the clinic, Laser Eye Surgery Fortitude Valley

We’ll meet

Visit our clinic in Fortitude Valley for a free assessment that will give you a complete understanding of your laser eye surgery options.

happy couple taking a selfie, Laser Eye Surgery Fortitude Valley

Enjoy life

After a procedure that’s over before you know it, you’ll have the life-changing freedom that laser eye surgery brings.


Dr. Matthew Russell explains how you feel after LASIK eye surgery


Useful information about this laser vision correction procedure

Have you spent years relying on glasses or contact lenses for correct vision? If so, LASIK (laser assisted in situ keratomileusis) eye surgery is one of the best gifts you can give yourself.

Refractive surgery can change the way you see the world in minutes. It can give you clearer vision than you ever thought possible without wearing glasses or contact lenses. Most patients’ only regret is that they did not have the procedure sooner. 1

After LASIK vision correction,

  • You’ll have the long term freedom from glasses and contact lenses that you’ve always wanted
  • You’ll enjoy the confidence and convenience that your friends without glasses and contact lenses have always taken for granted
  • You’ll notice all of the little things that are so easy for everyone else — from taking a shower without the blurriness, to not needing to put in your contact lenses in the morning, to exercising without worrying about your glasses, to avoiding the daily risk of a contact lens infection
  • You’ll feel free to face the world without barriers like vision problems
  • You can live life the way it should be – ready to face your future without the needless hassle of glasses and contact lenses.

You may be a suitable candidate for LASIK vision correction if you meet the following criteria:

  • You’re at least 18 years old
  • Your vision prescription/refractive error has not changed significantly in the past six months to a year
  • You are generally healthy
  • You don’t have any active eye infection or inflammation that could jeopardise the safety of the procedure
  • Your corneas are thick enough for us to create a corneal flap (we can only know that when we examine you)

If you are not eligible for this type of laser eye surgery, Dr. Russell can explore long term LASIK alternatives with you.

When evaluating your eye surgery options, you owe it to yourself to find the best LASIK surgeon Brisbane has to offer. Dr. Matthew Russell is:

  • Passionate about providing top-quality laser eye surgery for his patients. Dr. Russell is always looking for ways to make the procedure safer, more comfortable and more successful. He has multiple scientific publications in peer-reviewed journals
  • Experienced. He has performed more than 20,000 eye surgery procedures. He stays up to date with improvements in LASIK technology and techniques so he can ensure that you benefit from the latest and best advances
  • Respected as an innovator among his patients and peers. Dr. Russell has an excellent reputation both locally and internationally. He’s been a professor at world-class universities. Professional organisations invite him to speak to their international audiences. Dr. Russell is frequently the first to bring new eye surgery technologies to patients in Brisbane
  • Provides peace of mind. When you put your trust in Dr. Russell, you can enjoy the peace of mind that comes from being under the care of an exceptional surgeon.

LASIK improves the focusing power of the eye to treat short-sightedness, long-sightedness and astigmatism long term. During the procedure, the surgeon guides a laser to carefully reshapes the cornea, which is the transparent covering of the eye. This improves the way light travels through the front of your eye and focuses on the retina. The result is clearer, crisper vision — without corrective eyewear.

We can perform this treatment on an outpatient basis. We will completely numb your eyes with anaesthetic drops, so you will not feel a thing. We can also give you a sedative medication to help you relax. The entire procedure takes about 5 to 15 minutes, and the laser treatment itself lasts less than a minute. Surgery is over before you know it.

Step 1 – Creating the flap

The first step of treatment is to create flaps in the cornea that are thin and hinged. The flap is created with a femtosecond laser. This thin flap is folded back to reveal the deeper layers of the corneal tissue.

Step 2 – Reshaping the cornea

Next, an excimer laser delivers pulses of light that precisely remove microscopic amounts of corneal tissue to reshape the cornea’s curvature. After we have reshaped the cornea, we restore the corneal flap to its original position over the eye, where it heals on its own.

OHSU Casey Eye Institute, a leader in ophthalmic care and research, recently compared the chance of complications from contact lenses with the risks of vision correction surgery. The information tells us that contact lenses are not always a safer choice than LASIK eye surgery.

In the study, patients had vision loss in one surgery in approximately every 1,250 people. The vision loss was less than people lost from infections related to contact lenses2

Wearing contact lenses puts you at risk of several serious conditions and other long term complications including eye infections and corneal ulcers.3

Not only is this a brief procedure; the recovery time and healing process is minimal. Most patients notice an improvement in vision almost immediately after surgery.

After leaving our centre, we recommend resting your eyes for the remainder of the day. You can likely resume work, driving and most of your daily routine as soon as the day after surgery. You might experience temporarily dry eyes and should use medicated eye drops prescribed by Dr. Russell to reduce inflammation and prevent infection.

Many people dream of clearer vision yet are hesitant to move forward with laser eye surgery. You may have fears or concerns, but you should know that you couldn’t be in better hands. Dr. Russell and our team are committed to educating you about the LASIK procedure so you can make an informed decision about your treatment.

Refractive surgery like LASIK is just one of the surgical procedures Dr. Russell uses to help patients achieve long term vision correction.

Book a free assessment today. You can book online or call us to arrange an appointment. Assessments are free and suitable candidates all meet with highly sought-after LASIK and PRK surgeon, Dr. Matthew Russell before they commit to surgical procedures.


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


Find the laser eye surgery option right for your age. We offer unique solutions for each stage of life

Tired of missing out because you need glasses and contact lenses to see clearly?

Do your glasses prevent you from looking your very best?

We know how it feels to have glasses and contact lenses get in the way of what you most want out of life. That’s why we offer a free assessment in Brisbane to help you make an informed choice about laser eye surgery.

After you’ve had our assessment, you’ll enjoy the clarity and confidence you need to know – without a doubt – if laser eye surgery is right for you.

Do your glasses make you look years older than you actually feel?

Life needn’t go downhill the second you hit some magic number. Why spend half a lifetime in reading glasses when a 20-minute treatment can get you out of them for good?

These days, people in their 40s and 50s are living as actively as their kids. That’s why we offer specific treatments for people whose eyes are changing as they age.

Book an assessment in Brisbane, and we’ll guide you towards the right treatment for you.

Seeking to ditch your lifetime of glasses and contact lenses for good?

Armed with varifocals, bifocals, reading specs, contact lenses and everything else – it can sometimes feel like you’re carrying around a pharmacy in your pockets or purse.

We appreciate how you’ve probably got better things to do than have to worry about your declining vision. Visit us for a free assessment, and you too can join the hundreds of thousands that experience spectacle-free vision from morning till night regardless of age.

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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


Every type of laser eye surgery is equally safe and effective, the only difference is eligibility and convenience

Quality LASIK TransPRK PRK
Recovery time Fastest (1 day) Fast (3-4 days) Fast (5-7 days)
  • Short-sightedness to -10D
  • Long-sightedness to +4D
  • Astigmatism to 4D
  • Short-sightedness to -8D
  • Long-sightedness to +3D
  • Astigmatism to 6D
  • Short-sightedness to -8D
  • Long-sightedness to +3D
  • Astigmatism to 6D
Cost More expensive (3500 per eye) Middle option (2750 per eye) Least expensive (2376 per eye)
Procedure All laser treatment All laser treatment – no touch Mainly laser treatment
  • Shortest recovery time
  • Less discomfort post-op
  • Fastest visual outcomes
  • Shorter recovery than PRK
  • Totally touch free procedure
  • Faster visual outcome compared to PRK
  • Faster procedure than PRK or Lasik
  • Best for low prescriptions (below -1.00)
History First performed 1991 First performed 2007 First performed 1987
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Educate yourself further about laser eye surgery

A guide to LASIK, what it can treat, as well as details on the procedure itself. Click here for more information.

A direct comparison of PRK vs LASIK eye surgery including the pros and cons of each. Click here for more information.

An informative article on PRK, what the procedure is used for and how it is performed. Click here for more information.

A WebMD article and explanation of LASIK eye surgery. Click here for more information.

They say ‘you are what you eat’. Like any aspect of the body, whether it’s the state of your joints, your brain, your digestion, or your eye health. A healthy and balanced lifestyle plays an important role. Both in warding off disease and even the effects of ageing that some may think are inevitable. Though we can’t eat good vision, we can ensure our diet contains all the vital nutrients and compounds. Click here to read more about laser eye surgery in Auckland and find out more about foods for eye health.

If you have to deal with the hassle of corrective lenses, ditching them for perfect eyesight sounds like a dream come true. The best way to achieve that goal is through laser eye surgery. There are a few different laser procedures to choose from, three of the most common being PRK, LASIK, and SMILE. Even if you think your eyes are too difficult to correct with surgery, this may not be the case. Click here to find out about SMILE laser eye surgery and other treatments available.


Check your laser eye surgery suitability online with our free LASIK self-test


Dr. Matthew Russell


Laser eye surgery specialist

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’ve hand-picked a team of professionals for my laser eye surgery clinic in Brisbane that share my passion and commitment to exceptional care.

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