Which LASIK procedure is best ?

Hi, it’s Matt Russell from VSON Laser Eye Surgery in Brisbane. One of the most common questions I hear is, “Which LASIK procedure is best?”

LASIK is one of the many procedures available to free yourself from the hassle of glasses and contact lenses.

LASIK surgery is the procedure most people think of when they consider their options for laser eye surgery. The 15-minute operation doesn’t use any blades. Instead, it uses a femtosecond laser to reshape your cornea by cutting away a small flap of tissue.

Whether you’re nearsighted, farsighted, or have astigmatism, LASIK can help you get rid of glasses once and for all. Good candidates for this surgery are people between 20-50 years old with a moderate and stable corrective lens prescription.

If you don’t qualify for LASIK due to thin corneas, PRK surgery may be a good option for you. This procedure uses an excimer laser to remove and reshape a thinner layer of the cornea. While the method is slightly different, the results are similar to LASIK.

ReLEx® SMILE surgery is an updated laser procedure that’s great for people who are active or involved in contact sports. It’s minimally invasive and can correct more severe short-sightedness than LASIK. In addition, because surgeons don’t create a corneal flap created during the procedure, you don’t have to worry about accidentally tearing it open.

Presbyopia is a condition in which your eyes lose their ability to focus as you get older. This condition results in blurred vision when you look at objects close up and make it difficult to read books or use a computer.

PresbyMAX, also called laser blended vision, can correct this age-related vision problem. It’s an excellent choice for adults over 45 who don’t qualify for the above procedures. The surgeon will optimise one of your eyes for close viewing and the other for far-away vision, removing the need for reading glasses or bifocals.

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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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