As the only practice in St. Louis with multiple femtosecond and excimer laser platforms under one roof, we are better equipped to customize treatment options. We utilize the following lasers:
Intralase iFS laser — 150 Hz
This Intralase laser has been the gold standard of femtosecond LASIK flap makers since its inception in 2002. The iFS is the 5th and newest generation in this laser family, improving the speed of its predecessor by 2.5x. It can create a flap in under 10 seconds and also fashions the pockets we use for KAMRA® Inlay and Raindrop Near Vision Inlay procedures.
VISX S4 IR
This is one of our two excimer lasers. More LASIK cases have been done on the VISX laser than on any other laser in the world. It is also the laser approved for use in U.S. fighter pilots and NASA astronauts.
This is the second of our two excimer lasers used for LASIK. The Allegretto Wavelight laser is the fastest excimer laser in the country (the Schwind laser is the fastest excimer laser in the world).
Zeiss Visumax — 500 Hz
This is one of our two femtosecond lasers. A femtosecond is one quadrillionth of a second. This is our newest laser and is the fastest femtosecond laser in the world, firing at 500Hz. It is also the only laser in the world that can do SMILE, a third-generation laser vision correction procedure. SMILE is a 100 percent femtosecond laser-based procedure.
LASIK plus its six modern variations are used to correct different degrees of refractive errors, including myopia (nearsightedness), hyperopia (farsightedness), presbyopia and astigmatism. Refractive Lens Exchange (RLE) is also used as a cataract surgery alternative, and can actually keep cataracts from forming.
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).
No. With the exception of Refractive Lens Exchange (RLE) which prevents formation of cataracts, laser eye surgery does not prevent diseases like glaucoma, retinal detachment or macular degeneration. LASIK is “disease neutral,” meaning that it does not cause or prevent these diseases. Someone who has had LASIK can develop these eye diseases and be treated just like a normal-sighted person can develop and be treated for a disease.
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, Visian ICL, RLE, ASA, KAMRA® Inlay, and ASA. He does so because he believes in providing personalized, customized care to each guest who walks through the door at Brinton Vision.