Should you feel scared about LASIK?

Hi, it’s Matt Russell from VSON Laser Vision Specialists. If you’re considering laser eye surgery and feeling a little anxious, in this post, I’ll answer the question: “Should you feel scared about LASIK?”

The reality is that most patients coming in for laser vision correction can feel nervous on the day.

I think that’s completely natural. I can appreciate that people might feel nervous, anxious, and even scared about having laser eye surgery. But, unfortunately, many people have allowed this phobia of laser eye surgery to hold them back from having it – and that’s a pity.

Like most phobias, fear of laser eye surgery isn’t actually grounded in many facts.

Is laser eye surgery painful?

If you’re concerned about pain, the reality of going through laser treatment is that there is no pain.

You feel absolutely no pain whatsoever during the procedure or afterward, and it’s just a matter of lying comfortably on the bed.

I gently talk you through the whole procedure. I’ll put numbing drops in your eye, so you don’t feel a thing. I’ll use an eyelid holder that gently holds your eyelids, and all I need you to do is to look straight ahead. There’s a green flashing light which I’ll ask you to continue to look at. Most people find it quite easy to do.

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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.”
Xerxes Meher

“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.”

Iris Van Quickelberghe
“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.”

Henry Ellison

“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!”

Troy and Liana Todd

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What happens if I move during the procedure?

Now, if you happen to look away or if your eyes move, the laser either tracks that in real-time, or it stops instantly. Because it knows where you’re looking, the laser will resume the treatment when you look at the light again, continuing as if nothing had happened. It starts again right where it left off. That also applies if you cough or sneeze, which some people worry about. It is ultra-accurate.

After LASIK eye treatment, again, there’s no pain. Most patients are very relieved and surprised that it was so simple to get through the whole process. Sometimes they’ll ask me, “when will you start?” or “is that all it is?”

If you’re scared, I understand that. And again, I assure you that you’re not alone. In expert hands, however, there’s almost nothing to fear. So allow me to act as your guide through the process, and you’ll be so glad you did. You’ll wonder what all the fuss was about and why you didn’t get it done sooner.

To learn more about LASIK and discover which laser eye surgery treatment is best to free you from the hassle of glasses and contact lenses, please book a free laser vision 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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