What you need to know about getting SMILE in Brisbane

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SMILE LASER EYE SURGERY EXPLAINED

The pros and cons of SMILE laser eye surgery

Are you prepared to SMILE?

We’re currently investigating what’s being touted as the most advanced laser eye surgery procedure to our vision correction offering – SMILE.

SMILE stands for Small Incision Lenticule Extraction and many eye surgeons regard it as the most cutting-edge laser eye surgery for the correction of myopia (short-sightedness), with or without astigmatism.

SMILE provides LASIK-like outcomes in a less invasive surgery. So, you can gain wonderful, unaided vision faster and easier than ever before.

With SMILE, we don’t create a flap, so the eye is more comfortable postoperatively than with other laser eye surgery techniques.

Not necessarily. There will always be a place for LASIK and PRK, because not everyone will be suitable for SMILE. Furthermore, the current version of SMILE has some drawbacks compared to LASIK, specifically.

All three procedures achieve the same fantastic results, SMILE is just less invasive. This has some long term benefits because your cornea will be stronger as we don’t need to create a flap or remove any layers of your cornea, as is the case with LASIK and PRK.

On the flip side, there are some drawbacks:

  • SMILE laser eye surgery visual recovery time (1 week) doesn’t compare well to LASIK (1 day)
  • SMILE does not currently correct hyperopia (long-sightedness)
  • SMILE might produce slightly higher aberrations and therefore potentially night vision that isn’t as good
  • The currently available ZEISS Visumax version of SMILE can’t currently correct astigmatism with the same degree of precision as LASIK

Why?

With the ZEISS Visumax laser, we can’t centre treatment as precisely as we can with LASIK – iris tracking with LASIK, not SMILE because

  • the laser doesn’t offer pupil tracking
  • the laser doesn’t offer cyclotorsion control (you have to “dock and treat”)
  • we cannot adjust for eye movements or decentration of the treatment during the time of surgery – that means treatment of astigmatism will not be as accurate as we can achieve with LASIK

The next generation of SMILE laser eye surgery will enable us to:

  • alter treatment centration at the time of surgery
  • give us more precise control for us to align for the astigmatism correction of the eye
  • use a wider treatment zone which may mean that patients might end up getting a better quality of night vision (especially for those who have larger pupils

You may be suitable for SMILE if you:

  • Have a stable prescription (short-sightedness, with or without astigmatism)
  • A healthy eye and a cornea that is the correct shape and strength to withstand the effects of surgery
  • Do not take any medication that could prevent your eye from healing or have any systemic conditions, including bodily diseases such as diabetes or conditions where the collagen in the body is abnormal

We will need to assess your suitability at your free assessment.

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WHAT OUR PATIENTS SAY…

We’ve helped thousands of Queenslanders enjoy great vision without glasses and contact lenses

“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!”

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WHO CAN LASER EYE SURGERY HELP?

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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FOR MORE INFORMATION ABOUT LASER EYE SURGERY…

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.
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ABOUT THE EXPERT

Dr. Matthew Russell

MBChB, FRANZCO

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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