Hi, it’s Matt Russell from VSON Laser Vision Specialists. Whether you’re just beginning your research into vision correction, or you’ve been looking for a while, there are a few things that you need to look out for when searching for an eye specialist in Brisbane.

What to look for when choosing an eye surgeon

Has the surgeon undergone extensive training?

The first thing you need to look out for when choosing an eye specialist, is whether they have undergone extensive training to get where they are today.

I’m a qualified ophthalmic specialist and surgeon. I qualified almost 20 years ago now. And following that, I went on to do sub-specialty training in the United States and in Canada. Also, I’m one of the few ophthalmic surgeons that’s taken on formal master’s training specifically in the area of cataract surgery and refractive laser surgery.

How many procedures has the surgeon performed?

Another factor to consider is whether the surgeon has performed a high number of procedures. I’ve completed over 20,000 ophthalmic procedures and many of those are procedures, which involve transforming people’s vision to a level where they can become independent of glasses and contact lenses.

Will you see the same surgeon throughout your eye care journey?

The third and final thing to think about is whether you want to see the same surgeon throughout your eye care journey.

At VSON, we think consistency is essential. We believe that a patient should see the same surgeon at every visit, from the initial consultation through to the aftercare and beyond.

Your surgeon should know your eyes, your motivations and your goals like the back of their hand. This kind of rapport only comes with recurrent interactions. Meeting your surgeon for the first time on the day of your surgery is a sign that the clinic is trying to keep costs down and could be compromising on quality.

What do you do once you’ve found your surgeon?

Once you’ve found a private cataract surgeon that ticks all the boxes, you should make an appointment to meet them face-to-face.

This is the best way to establish whether they are a good match for you, and it will also allow you to ask any additional questions that are unique to your circumstances.

Finally, get a second opinion…

There’s also nothing wrong from getting a second opinion if you’re still unsure.

If you would like to find out how I can help you achieve the wonderful natural vision you desire, please book online for a free laser vision assessment on our website today.

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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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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


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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