Brinton Vision – Lasik St. Louis

Brinton Vision Ocular Analysis

Behind every successful procedure at Brinton Vision is the solid foundation of a comprehensive diagnostic exam. At your first visit, you will undergo a Brinton Vision Ocular Analysis (BVOA), the most advanced and proven panel of assessments available today. This is the first and most critical step in your journey toward visual freedom.

More technology, better diagnostics

Brinton Vision is among only a handful of practices in the United States that uses these seven state-of-the-art technologies to evaluate and map every aspect of your eyes. These tests check your overall eye health and look for potential problems such as macular degeneration, glaucoma, or cataracts; they also provide our doctors with the information they need to determine if you are a good candidate for LASIK plus any of its six modern variations — EVO ICLSMILE laser eye surgeryKamra InlayPRKRefractive Lens Exchange (RLE), and Light Adjustable Lens (LAL).

BVOA Suite
BVOA suite

Are you ready to take the next
step in your vision journey?

What happens at your BVOA?

Your Brinton Vision Ocular Analysis is a 90-minute experience that revolves around you. When you arrive, you will be greeted by a medical technician who will accompany you throughout your visit. They will explain what is happening and answer any questions you have along the way as they walk you through your tests. None of the tests are painful; in fact, the devices are similar to cameras, each taking a picture of your eye from a different point of view.

“There was no paperwork to fill out!
My consultation at Brinton Vision was truly unique.”

Next, you will meet with one of our doctors. You and one of our doctors will review your results and have a comfortable, no-pressure discussion on whether LASIK can help you. Like fingerprints, every eye is different, and there is no one-size-fits-all solution at Brinton Vision. If you are a good candidate, one of our highly-trained doctors will talk about which procedure(s) can give you lasting vision correction based on your unique pair of eyes.

Returning yearly for future BVOAs

When Dr. Sherman Brinton arrived at Barnes Hospital in St. Louis as an ophthalmologist in the 1940’s, charting was done on a paper. He looked at a patient’s eyes with a microscope and wrote down what he saw for comparison with future exam notes. Brinton Vision now uses a highly sophisticated electronic charting system that saves detailed information on your eyes from a number of sources — including objective measurement sources that don’t rely primarily on human interpretation and estimation. With today’s technology, precise photographs of the curvature of the eye can document thousands of data points that can be compared year over year by your Brinton Vision eye doctor. For all of our surgery patients, one year of follow-up is included in their surgery fee, so the cost of their first Brinton Vision Ocular Analysis after surgery — but prior to the 12 month mark — is waived. Exams after the 1-year follow-up period are charged at our regular health-of-eye BVOA rate of $240, and include meeting with one of our highly-trained eye doctors — Dr. Brinton, Dr. Poore, or Dr. Schmidt — to discuss how you can optimize the long-term health of your eyes.

Remember, whether you wear glasses, contacts, or choose LASIK eye surgery, just because you have clear vision doesn’t mean you don’t need to take care of your eyes. Come see us yearly, long-term, so we can make good on your laser eye surgery investment!

Exam Room
Exam room

Patients who would like to request a copy of their records can do so by submitting a records request. Please allow seven (7) business days for processing.

See which vision correction procedure
is best for your vision journey.


Once I get a BVOA, how long are my results valid?
Your Brinton Vision Ocular Analysis results are valid for three months. That means that, if you do plan to have LASIK or any other procedure, you will need to schedule it within that timeframe. If you plan to wait longer, the BVOA will be repeated prior to surgery. This is because eye conditions can change. We will not perform surgery on someone without taking the steps needed to ensure accurate results.
Do you have financing plans available for laser eye surgery?
Yes. We accept all traditional forms of payment, including cash, credit cards, and checks. We also accept funding from FSAs and HSAs, and we work with financing companies to provide a range of payment plans based on approved credit. The two most popular plans our patients opt for are a convenient and affordable 60-month plan with no pre-payment penalty, and a 24-month, zero down, no interest plan. Once we know you are a candidate for a particular procedure, we will work with you to find the best plan for your budget and individual situation.
Why do you offer so many options when other places only have a couple? Isn’t LASIK just LASIK?
No two people have the same fingerprints, and no two people have the same eyes. LASIK is a good option for some people, but there are other procedures that can be a better fit, depending on your eye anatomy, health history, and vision problems. All of this is evaluated using state-of-the-art technology in a Brinton Vision Ocular Analysis (BVOA) in our St. Louis laser eye surgery practice. Dr. Brinton is the only full-time, comprehensive refractive surgeon in the state of Missouri, and one of just a handful in the United States to provide LASIK plus its six modern variations (LASIK alternatives) to his patients. These include SMILE, EVO ICL, RLE, ASA, KAMRA® Inlay, and PRK. He does so because he believes in providing personalized, customized care to each guest who walks through the door at Brinton Vision.
Other St. Louis lasik centers advertise free screenings. Why does Brinton Vision perform full evaluations and charge a fee?
In a short answer, we’re different. We are a specialty laser vision correction practice that performs LASIK plus all of its modern variations. This is what we do, and we do it well. We are the only such LASIK eye surgery center in St. Louis and Missouri, and one of just a handful in the country. We don’t cut corners, and we are not interested in talking you into a procedure that isn’t right for you. By putting your needs first in an exceptionally personal consultation, not only will you feel more comfortable with your decision, but Dr. Brinton rests more easily knowing that you are receiving the best LASIK for your unique eyes. If you are a candidate for a refractive procedure and you book your Brinton Vision Ocular Analysis directly through Brinton Vision, your payment will be applied to that procedure. At the very least, you will have the most comprehensive analysis available of your eye health and vision, and can be armed with that knowledge moving forward.