In my line of work as a LASIK surgeon in St. Louis, I am fortunate to be part of hundreds of success stories. I get to help people see things they never knew they were missing with their glasses or contact lenses. How great is that?!
Nothing makes me happier than the smiles on patients’ faces following LASIK or other corrective procedures. Occasionally though, I do witness heartbreaking stories of people whose vision is partially or completely lost because of infections related to their contact lenses. Contact lens problems can be devastating, and they are all-too-common.
More than 30 million people wear contact lenses in the United States. According to the CDC, of those contact lens wearers, about 6 percent — 1.8 million people — will develop contact lens problems this year, and about one in every 500 users will develop serious eye infections that can potentially lead to blindness. A recent study conducted by the CDC concluded that wearing contact lenses is the largest single risk factor for developing the infection.
To contact lens wearers, my message is this: You don’t have to put up with the hassle or risk of contacts. There is a better solution. LASIK and its six modern variations offer corrective solutions that can help you get rid of contact lens problems for good. It’s not just a convenience; it’s part of a health-conscious lifestyle.
The majority of the infections contact users contract are the result of poor cleaning, leaving them in too long, or not replacing them when they should. Make-up, cigarette smoke, and other contaminants can accumulate in them before they know it, and these bad habits are all invitations for bacteria and fungus to invade contact lenses.
Even with the best of intentions, it’s easy to neglect contact lenses. We all have days when we’re tired and cut corners. Contacts are one more thing to worry about, and on the big list of priorities, they can easily fall to the bottom.
There is a better way.
You don’t have to live life from behind contacts or glasses. In St. Louis, LASIK plus its six modern variations — Refractive Lens Exchange (RLE); Visian ICL (sometimes called “implantable contact lenses”); SMILE; Advanced Surface Ablation (ASA); LRI, and Kamra inlay — are all available to give you visual freedom to see the world without glasses or contacts. As an added bonus, the contact lens problems, including the hassles and risks, are completely eliminated.
The key is finding an ophthalmologist who has the skill and technology to determine which one is right for your unique eyes, and to perform each of these highly specialized procedures.
At Brinton Vision in St. Louis, we do things differently. You will never feel pressured into a procedure at Brinton Vision. Our goal is to arm you with the information you need to make an informed decision about what you want to see for the rest of your life.
It’s important to know that not everyone is a candidate for LASIK or other procedures, and there is no one-size-fits-all solution. We will never recommend a surgery that isn’t right for you. That means that, instead of a cursory screening, we run a comprehensive battery of painless tests using seven different state-of-the-art diagnostic technologies — something few, if any, LASIK centers in the U.S. are able to say. This gives Dr. Brinton the information he needs to discuss the best options with you — which he will do personally.
We are one of only a handful of practices in the United States to offer LASIK plus all six LASIK alternatives in one St. Louis LASIK center. Surgery is usually quick and painless, and financing plans are available to make restoring your sight within reach of your budget. In fact, if you were to compare the cost of contact lenses, solution, and cases without even taking into consideration the time and hassle of contacts, you’ll likely come out ahead in both dollars and sense.
Wouldn’t it be great to wake up and see the world without glasses or contacts? Wouldn’t it be wonderful to lay your head on your pillow at night without the hassle of contacts? And wouldn’t it be great to trade in risk of infection for seeing the world clearly and naturally?
Let us help eliminate your contact lens problems. For the best LASIK in St. Louis, call Brinton Vision at 314.375.2020 or visit us online to schedule a consultation.
St. Louis LASIK surgeon Dr. Jason P. Brinton, MD is an internationally recognized specialist in the field of refractive surgery. He is a graduate of Harvard College, earned his medical doctorate from the Harvard Medical School, and is board certified by the American Board of Ophthalmology. He has been inducted to America’s Top Ophthalmologists by the Consumer Research Council of America, Leading Physicians of the World by the International Association of Healthcare Professionals, and Top Doctors in America by Castle Connolly. In 2015, he received global recognition as the recipient of the Visian ICL Young Ophthalmologist Award in Barcelona, Spain, and in 2016 was named Ocular Surgery News’ Premier Surgeon 300 Innovators in Refractive Cataract Surgery. He is a dedicated husband, father of four beautiful children, and is passionate about his life, his work, and service to others.