LASIK Eye Surgery Lasers and Diagnostic Technology in St. Louis
Refractive laser technology has revolutionized vision correction. In less than a generation, laser science has nearly solved nearsightedness, farsightedness, astigmatism, cataracts, and many other vision issues that have plagued human beings for millennia.
At Brinton Vision, we believe vision is one of our most valuable gifts. Our vision is at the heart of how we perceive and connect with the world around us, and it allows us to fully appreciate life’s beauty. That’s why Dr. Jason Brinton has invested in the education, continued training, and technology he needs to provide the very best laser eye surgery options in Missouri—and in the nation.
Brinton Vision is among only a handful of providers in the United States to have the diagnostic tools and lasers under one roof to provide LASIK plus all six of its modern variations. These advanced technologies come from all over the world and are part of his commitment to provide the best possible patient care.
It should be noted that, while laser technology plays a key role, it is your surgeon’s skill and experience — and your suitability as a candidate — that are the most important factors affecting your LASIK outcome.
What Kind of Diagnostic Technology does Brinton Vision Utilize?
Every great LASIK outcome begins with proper diagnostics. Brinton Vision patients can — and do — attest to the fact that we invest in the time and technology in making sure they have the proper diagnosis and receive the treatment best-suited for their unique eyes.
Our comprehensive Brinton Vision Ocular Analysis utilizes seven painless state-of-the-art diagnostic technologies under one roof — more than any other laser vision center around.
The Acutarget HD, developed by Visiometrics S.L. in Spain, uses double-pass light technology to objectively measure vision quality and light scatter. It guides centration of all seven refractive procedures we perform at Brinton Vision, particularly RLE and Kamra. It also diagnoses early dry eye, stages of dysfunctional lens syndrome, “over-40” vision, and cataracts.
LenStar LS 900 APS
The LenStar LS 900 APS was developed by Haag-Streit AG in Köeniz, Switzerland. It takes 32 highly accurate laser optic measurements of the entire eye. It directs the lens implant power for Tecnis multifocal, Symfony, Tecnis toric, Alcon ReStor, and Crystalens for Refractive Lens Exchange (RLE). It also measures pupil size and corneal astigmatism.
3D Maestro Fundus & OCT
The 3D Maestro Fundus and Ocular Coherence Tomography (OCT) scanner was developed by Topcon Corporation in Tokyo, Japan and provides spectral domain, high-resolution optical coherence tomography. The high-definition fundus camera images it provides aid in assessing overall health of the peripheral retina, macula, and optic nerve. It also provides imaging of the back and front of eye for ICL sizing.
CEM-530 Specular Microscope
Nidek in Gamagori, Japan developed the CEM-530 Specular Microscope to more accurately determine health of corneal cells within the eye. Critical endothelial cells act as water pumps to keep the cornea from swelling, but inappropriate contact lens use can affect corneal endothelium. This technology analyzes corneal health through automated endothelial cell counting of the central and paracentral cornea.
The Pentacam HR was developed by Oculus Optikgeräte GmbH in Wetzlar, Germany. It provides high-resolution tomography and images the shape, size, and position of ocular structures involved in LASIK and refractive surgery, and it captures elevation data, curvature, and thickness of the cornea. It is also used for Visian ICL sizing and post-operative examinations.
Visante Anterior Scanner OCT
Carl Zeiss Meditec in Jena, Germany developed the Visante Anterior Scanner OCT. It produces a high-resolution view of the front portion of the eye, where laser vision correction is performed. It also aids in evaluating complex LASIK cases and shows positioning of KAMRA, and Visian ICL technologies in eye.
Wavescan Wavefront System
The Wavescan Wavefront System is American technology developed by Abbott Medical Optics, Inc. in Santa Ana, California. It features wavefront optical technology engineered by the same company that manufactured the Hubble II telescope. The Wavescan measures a remarkable 240 data points within the eye and allows Brinton Vision to personalize LASIK treatments according to each eye’s unique characteristics. It also determines eye prescription to 0.01 diopter.
What kind of lasers are used at Brinton Vision?
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:
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.
Are your lasers and lens implants FDA-approved?
All of the lasers and implants at Brinton Vision, including those used for LASIK plus each of its six modern variations, are FDA-approved. Many have also been used years longer in Europe and across the world prior to U.S. FDA approval.
The lasers and lens implants used at Brinton Vision’s St. Louis LASIK center are FDA approved. Labeling for each of the lasers approved for LASIK can be found by clicking here [https://www.fda.gov/medical-devices/lasik/list-fda-approved-lasers-lasik]. The FDA has available on its website general background and risk information concerning use of lasers for LASIK, which can be found by clicking here: FDA LASIK website. [make this a hot link to https://www.fda.gov/medical-devices/surgery-devices/lasik] Some of these lasers were used for years in Europe and across the world prior to approval, and for others Dr. Brinton was one of the doctors selected to be part of the research team conducting the US FDA clinical trial process that led to laser approval.