If you are considering LASIK in St. Louis, don’t you owe it to yourself to find the best LASIK surgeon St. Louis has to offer?
Dr. Jason P. Brinton is a world-renowned LASIK surgeon and founder of Brinton Vision in St. Louis, Missouri. A graduate of Harvard College and Harvard Medical School, Dr. Brinton has helped to pioneer new laser eye surgery procedures. He has been at the forefront of LASIK research and advancement, always ensuring that his patients benefit from the latest and best technological advances in diagnostics and laser procedures.
Dr. Brinton has performed LASIK surgery on professional athletes, media celebrities, military pilots, and fellow doctors and surgeons. He believes that every patient, regardless of status or title, deserves the best possible care, and has invested in the education, staff, and technology to provide quality care. Come see the difference at Brinton Vision!
LASIK, an acronym for laser in situ keratomileusis, is now one of the most successful surgical treatments of any kind in the world today. Sub-Bowman keratomileusis (SBK), or “bladeless LASIK,” is the most modern form of this life-changing laser eye surgery, and we are pleased to offer SBK laser eye surgery in St. Louis at Brinton Vision.
SBK is used to treat farsightedness (hyperopia), nearsightedness (myopia), presbyopia, and astigmatism (click here to learn more about astigmatism). Combined with wavefront technology used to map the surface and interior of the entire eye, it is more precise than ever. Many patients who were told they were too young, too old, or have astigmatism can now have LASIK in St. Louis.
Just a few short years ago, LASIK utilized a mechanically controlled metal blade called a microkeratome. It was a good procedure; it was safe and it helped a lot of people, but it was not quite as precise as many ophthalmologists would have liked.
Then along came SBK. SBK utilizes what’s called a femtosecond laser. Not only do many patients have even better vision afterward, but their results are more predictable. What’s more, many patients who were once excluded from LASIK eye surgery have now been able to enjoy the visual freedom that SBK LASIK can provide.
The latest technology in LASIK includes wavefront-optimized, wavefront-guided, and topography-guided LASIK procedures. Collectively, these are referred to as “custom” treatments. Brinton Vision’s expertise includes the use of a variety of custom and conventional approaches accomplished with four state-of-the-art treatment lasers — more than any other LASIK eye surgeon in St. Louis.
With wavefront-guided LASIK, Dr. Brinton uses detailed maps of the cornea, almost like topography maps in geography, to provide an enhanced view into the tiniest complexities of the eye. Wavefront-optimized treatments preserve the natural shape of the cornea in ways never before possible. The wavefront-optimized laser system Dr. Brinton uses was the first to be certified by the FDA to improve nighttime halo and glare, commonly experienced by glasses and contacts wearers, but also among the common side effects of traditional LASIK procedures.
When determining whether LASIK or any of the six modern LASIK alternatives is best for you, quality care and outcome should be your top priority. Still, we recognize that vision correction must fit into your budget. We take all standard forms of payment (cash, check, credit card, etc.), and we are able to work with health savings accounts (HSAs) and medical savings accounts (MSAs). Most laser vision correction procedures are tax-deductible. We also work with multiple financing companies to provide monthly payment options to fit most budgets. Our
most popular monthly payment options are:
Zero Down Payment & Low Monthly Payments with Fixed Interest Rate for 60 months
Most insurance companies consider LASIK and other vision correction procedures to be elective, and they do not cover the cost. In rare cases, there are exceptions. Please consult your insurance company to determine your coverage eligibility.
Brinton Vision has invested in the latest laser technologies for the best outcomes. First, Dr. Brinton uses one of the lasers to create a carefully calculated flap in the cornea. Then he uses a different laser to accurately reshape the cornea underneath the flap. Within seconds, the laser procedure is completed and the protective corneal flap is laid back into place to self-heal.
The results of LASIK are so predictable and the procedure so safe that Dr. Brinton has performed this eye surgery on thousands of patients, including photographers, professional athletes, artists, surgeons, and other eye doctors.
On the day of your procedure, plan to be at Brinton Vision for about two hours, though the procedure itself only lasts about 15 minutes for both eyes. You will need a driver to take you home after your procedure.
Just as if you were going to an eye examination, you don’t need to wear special clothes or change your attire while you’re here. The only thing we’ll add to your outfit is a small, blue cap which you’ll wear during the procedure.
Some of the tests conducted during your Brinton Vision Ocular Analysis may be repeated to ensure each aspect is checked and double checked prior to your LASIK eye surgery.
When you are ready for the procedure, eye drops will be used to numb your eye, then a small, gentle eyelid holder will be put into place so that you do not need to worry about blinking.
Once the laser vision correction procedure begins, the laser portion typically lasts less than 20 seconds for each eye.
Following your LASIK, our surgical technicians will provide you with instructions as well as eye shields to wear for the first two nights while you sleep.
LASIK laser eye surgery patients typically experience little if any discomfort during or after the procedure. Your vision may be blurry for two or three hours after you return home, but within a very short time, you should be seeing details of the faces and places around you that you probably had no idea you were missing!
Most patients are able to resume regular activities, including returning to work, the day after surgery. A follow-up visit will be scheduled for the next morning, where one of our vision correction specialists will personally evaluate your progress. At that visit, you will be given the final okay to return to your routine while seeing the world much more clearly — without glasses!
Not everyone is a candidate for LASIK. At Brinton Vision, we utilize seven of the most state-of-the-art technologies to determine the health of your eyes from the inside out. Dr. Jason Brinton and Dr. Morgan Poore use these diagnostics and their years of experience and research to empower you with the information you need to make the best decision for your vision goals. Even if you are not an ideal candidate for LASIK, Brinton Vision is one of only a handful of LASIK providers in the country to offer all six modern LASIK alternatives. These proven treatments provide clear, natural vision to people with high prescriptions, steep astigmatism, thick or thin corneas, or who have age-related vision loss that LASIK does not address. Brinton Vision can even provide solutions for many people who have had earlier versions of LASIK in the past.
The bottom line is that, even if you have been told that you are not a candidate for LASIK by another provider, Brinton Vision may have a solution for you.
Don’t take our word for it. Here’s what our patients have to say.
See more Frequently Asked Questions in our LASIK Questions series.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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:
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).
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.
This is a laser that we can use with Visian ICL and RLE surgery.
Most of the lasers and implants at Brinton Vision, including those used for LASIK plus 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 only exception is RLE, which is still safe and effective for vision correction.
Labeling for each of the lasers approved for LASIK can be found by clicking here. The FDA has available on its website general background and risk information concerning use of lasers for LASIK, which can be found on the FDA LASIK website. Some of these lasers were used for years in Europe and across the world prior to approval in the U.S., and for others, Dr. Brinton was one of the doctors selected to be part of the research team conducting the U.S. FDA clinical trial process that led to laser approval.