Most frequently asked questions about SMILE laser vision correction, LASIK alternative, in St. Louis at Brinton Vision.

What percentage of patients need enhancement later?

The percentage of patients who need touch-up, or enhancement surgery differs depending on your age, your prescription, and the procedure you undergo. Dr. Brinton will provide you with the information you need about possible later enhancement based on your unique eyes in your Brinton Vision Ocular Analysis (BVOA).

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What is enhancement surgery?

If your vision is undercorrected or overcorrected with a procedure, we can usually perform a touch-up procedure called an enhancement within a few months. Recovery time is similar to that of the original procedure.

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Can you guarantee 20/20 vision?

For many of our procedures, Dr. Brinton consistently obtains a higher rate of 20/20 vision than their contact lenses or glasses allowed them to see. We perform LASIK plus all six modern variations with the utmost confidence. We believe that the safety and effectiveness of our technologies, combined with Dr. Brinton’s extensive experience and education, make vision correction as safe as it can possibly be. Having said that, there are no guarantees or warranties of any kind in medicine, and it would be irresponsible to tell our patients otherwise. In fact, on fda.gov, the FDA states: “Be wary of eye centers that advertise, ‘20/20 vision or your money back’ or ‘package deals.’ There are never any guarantees in medicine.”To-date, Dr. Brinton has never treated a patient whose visual acuity did not improve with surgery. We set a high standard for care, including thorough diagnostics using state-of-the-art technology and expertise, and incorporate years of skill and professional experience so that your results are as predictable and positive as possible for your eyes.

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What are my chances of not having to wear glasses or contacts after surgery?

Thanks to the fact that Brinton Vision is able to provide LASIK plus its six modern variations, there are a number of vision problems — some of them pretty severe — that we are able to fully correct. The likelihood that you will have complete freedom from glasses or contacts depends on what procedure is done and on your own body.For example, even though your refractive error is completely corrected with certain procedures, you may still eventually have over-40 vision problems, or presbyopia, caused by aging lenses. For realistic expectations for your unique vision, please schedule a Brinton Vision Ocular Analysis (BVOA). Statistically, one of every 250 LASIK patients will need to wear a contact to obtain their best vision after laser eye surgery.

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What limitations are there after LASIK or other laser eye surgery?

After LASIK or any laser eye surgery, we recommend you go home and take it easy for a few hours. Using your eyes to read, watch TV, or use a computer is not a problem. You will apply medicated eye drops about four times per day for one week and preservative-free artificial teardrops frequently. Regardless of the procedure, most patients return to work the next day.In a well-known study conducted by Dr. Brinton and Dr. Daniel Durrie of Durrie Vision, 100 percent of patients had 20/20 vision within four hours of their LASIK eye surgery.We recommend that you bring someone with you to drive you home from surgery, as your vision may be blurry for a few hours. Following most surgeries, we will give you protective eye shields to wear at night for a few days to keep you from inadvertently rubbing them. Any other restrictions will be specific to certain procedures and to your lifestyle, and Dr. Brinton will discuss them with you prior to surgery.

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