Get to know Dr Matthew Russell

A specialist ophthalmic surgeon in Brisbane and founder of OKKO Eye Specialist Centre

About Dr Matthew Russell

His expertise and experience as an eye surgeon

Dr Matthew Russell, MBChB, FRANZCO

Specialist ophthalmic surgeon

Dr Russell is regarded as an ophthalmic microsurgery specialist with international training in refractive surgery, medical retinal disease, and cataract surgery. He has also served as a clinical assistant professor at the University of British Columbia in Canada.

Dr Russell started in private practice in 2007 with Vision Eye Institute in Brisbane and has since gone on to found OKKO Eye Specialist Centre and VSON Vision Correction Specialists.

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Everything you need to know about his experience as an eye surgeon

Dr Russell earned his medical degree from the University of Otago in New Zealand. Upon graduation, Dr Russell completed extensive specialist training, including three fellowships at institutions in the United States and Canada.

His academic background includes:

  • Clinical Assistant Professor at the University of British Columbia in Vancouver (Canada)
  • Post-fellowship training in refractive surgery (University of Sydney)
  • Subspecialty fellowship training in Los Angeles (USA) at the highly regarded University of Southern California Doheny Eye Institute
  • Subspecialty fellowship training at the University of British Columbia in Vancouver (Canada)
  • Qualified as an ophthalmologist with The Royal Australian & New Zealand College of Ophthalmologists’ (RANZCO) in 2002
  • Completed medical degree in 1994

Dr Russell has been invited to speak all over the world about his experience and interests.

Dr Russell career highlights include: 

  • Early adopter of microincision cataract surgery
  • Pioneer of the introduction of new intraocular lens technologies and microsurgical techniques in Brisbane
  • First surgeon to use extended depth of focus multifocal implants (Symfony™) in Brisbane
  • First surgeon internationally to use the revolutionary Zepto™ capsulotomy system during cataract surgery in combination with next-generation FEMTIS intraocular implants to enhance the precision of implant positioning
  • First in Brisbane to introduce small-aperture intraocular lens for post LASIK presbyopia correcting cataract surgery enhancing the postoperative depth of focus (Acufocus IC-8™)
  • First surgeon in Brisbane to implant a piggy-back small aperture implant (Morcher XtraFocus™)
  • Adapted ICL technology for post-cataract surgery vision enhancement

Dr Russell was awarded the prestigious KG Howsam Medal for the highest-ranked academic performance of Australasian graduates from the Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Ophthalmologists.

Leading the way in expert eyecare

The OKKO Eye Specialist Centre team is highly experienced in the diagnosis, treatment and management of a comprehensive range of eye conditions, including cataracts, glaucoma and macular diseases

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OKKO aims to provide life-changing vision transformation to patients

As a leading cataract clinic in Brisbane we provide:

  • Results that help patients regain their confidence and youthful energy
  • One of the most experienced and most precise eye surgeons in Brisbane
  • An easily accessible state-of-the-art medical facility with free parking
  • Transparent pricing and financing options
  • Easy access to appointments and flexible aftercare
  • A personalised approach to patient-centred care