Frequently asked questions about LASIK in St. Louis, Missouri.

Am I too old or too young for LASIK or any other procedure?

Brinton Vision is a unique practice in that we specialize in LASIK plus all of its modern forms. With that range of tools, we can correct vision in patients ages 18 to 108 years old. We are also different in that we provide a tailored solution for your vision correction needs, rather than just offering one or two blanket treatments to everyone who comes in the door. During your Brinton Vision Ocular Analysis, you will learn what the best option is for you and your individual vision goals.

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Why do I have to remove my contacts before my exam and before surgery?

Contact lenses can alter the shape of your cornea and can also prohibit oxygen flow to the cornea. For that reason, we ask that you refrain from wearing them both before your Brinton Vision Ocular Analysis (BVOA) and before surgery. Soft lenses should be removed three days before your exam, and seven days prior if you wear toric lenses. If you wear rigid gas-permeable or hybrid lenses, leave them out at least 30 days prior to your exam. This is so that your cornea can be restored to a more natural shape before measurements are taken.

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Will you correct both eyes at the same time?

Most of the time we will correct both eyes at the same sitting, but there are a few exceptions. Refractive Lens Exchange (RLE) and Implantable Collamer Lenses (ICLs), sometimes called implantable contact lenses, are sometimes done one eye at a time if Dr. Brinton, your surgeon, deems it necessary. Dr. Brinton will discuss this with you and answer any questions you may have at your Brinton Vision Ocular Analysis (BVOA).

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Does LASIK eye surgery hurt?

At Brinton Vision, your surgical technician will administer numbing eye drops to ensure you remain comfortable during the procedure. After LASIK, ICL, Raindrop, KAMRA, RLE, or SMILE, most patients experience little or no discomfort. Your eyes may feel scratchy, gritty, or watery for a couple of hours. These are temporary symptoms and are not a problem for most patients. The exception to this is Advanced Surface Ablation (ASA), which is an effective procedure for some patients who are not good candidates for LASIK or other LASIK alternatives. If ASA is the best choice for you, Dr. Brinton will discuss what to expect and answer any questions you may have.

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Are LASIK laser eye surgery centers required to use wavefront technology?

No. Wavefront optimized and wavefront guided technology is not required, but it is preferred. Older generation lasers are still approved by the FDA and are used across the United States. Like cell phones, the technology has become increasingly advanced. Many of the best laser eye surgeons stay on top of these advances as they occur. It is important to do your research and select a center that invests in the most advanced technology and expertise in using it to ensure the best LASIK outcome.

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