Brinton Vision – Lasik St. Louis

Some believe that if they just get a new pair of glasses with the “right prescription” that they will see comfortably and well despite having naturally poor eyesight. This is true some of the time but not all of the time. Patients with strong nearsighted and farsighted prescriptions – the patients who tend to seek us out here at Brinton Vision – will often not like the quality of their glasses vision even with the “right prescription.” Glasses for myopia can make the world look smaller and glasses for hyperopia can make the world look more magnified, leading to pincushion and barrel distortion, respectively. Astigmatism correction in lenses can cause distortions in the vision, particularly when one looks to the side. Even the correct glasses prescription can require several glasses re-makes when significant astigmatism is involved.

Beyond prescription, the following nine factors can mean that even with the “right prescription” the resulting vision gives you headaches or is not what you expected.

  1. Bifocal, trifocal, and progressive add power
  2. Bifocal, trifocal, and progressive add location and height
  3. Optical center of lenses
  4. Distance between lenses (often captured by “pupillary distance” or PD)
  5. Frame width
  6. Lens height
  7. Bridge size
  8. Temple arm dimensions
  9. Lens width

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Our testing is focused on obtaining the optimal prescription and other eye measurements for LASIK and vision correction surgery. When you’re measuring to correct for a lifetime of clear eyesight rather than a pair of glasses that may need to be renewed the next year, the way you measure is different. Since our measurements for LASIK don’t always translate across to the right glasses prescription, we offer a “glasses check” to all of our patients, which is included in their initial BVOA reservation fee. At this visit, our doctors perform testing focused more on glasses. A glasses check appointment is required to receive a glasses prescription from Brinton Vision, and even with this extra visit, if you are not satisfied with the glasses you get online or from your local optical shop, we would be happy to schedule another visit at no additional charge.


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, 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.
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 laser eye surgery 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.