LASIK Alternatives2019-07-11T14:59:07-06:00

LASIK Plus All 6 LASIK Alternatives

There are over seven billion humans on earth, and every one of us has our own unique pair of eyes. It is because of this that there are various LASIK alternatives to help every person gain visual freedom — crisp, clear vision free from glasses and contact lenses. Brinton Vision specializes in LASIK plus all six of its modern alternatives – SMILEVisian ICL, Visian Toric ICL, ASA (Advanced PRK), Kamra Inlay, and RLE. We take great pride in providing proven technology and personalized treatments to help the people of St. Louis achieve their visual freedom, even if they’ve been told they are not candidates for LASIK.

Your Brinton Vision Ocular Analysis will allow our doctors to provide a personalized recommendation to best meet your vision goals.

LASIK Alternatives in Saint Louis, Missouri


Small Incision Lenticule Extraction (SMILE or ReLex SMILE) is a single-step, minimally invasive version of laser vision correction. With the little disruption of the natural state of the cornea, SMILE has less inflammation and reduces or eliminates dryness of the eye after the procedure. Because SMILE uses only a single laser and has a faster treatment time with more comfort, SMILE is sometimes referred to as the next generation of LASIK alternatives.


Implantable Collamer Lens (ICL), often referred to as implantable contact lens, is typically performed on patients with moderate to high nearsightedness and/or people with thinner corneas. The collamer microlens is in sync with the body’s natural chemistry and is comprised primarily of collagen and water. It is placed gently behind the iris (the colored part of your eye) and is not noticeable without a microscope. Because no tissue is removed, ICL has a large treatment range and it allows patients who have been told they are not candidates for laser vision correction in the past to now gain visual freedom. The lens requires no maintenance and can remain in the eye for the patient’s lifetime.


At Brinton Vision, we offer two corneal inlay options to our patients over 40 who want to improve their reading vision. Inlays are an incredible advancement in refractive surgery technology that have the potential to eliminate the need for reading glasses. Inlays are microscopic lenses about the size of a pinhead and thinner than a human hair. It rests under the surface of the eye, correcting your reading vision by gently changing the shape of the cornea. They are comprised of about 80 percent water and is synchronized with your natural body chemistry.

Kamra Inlay

Kamra inlay is a mini ring with a small pinhole in the center that rests beneath the surface of the eye. The KAMRA inlay is extremely thin and smaller than the average contact lens. Its donut-like design blocks out unfocused light while allowing focused light to enter the eye.


Refractive Lens Exchange (RLE) is an increasingly popular LASIK and early cataract surgery alternative for patients over 50 suffering from Dysfunctional Lens Syndrome (DLS). DLS is the natural aging of the eye’s inner lens causing a decrease in visual clarity and an increase in difficulty reading up close. During the RLE procedure, the aging lens is replaced with a new lens that typically gives patients the ability to see up close and far away with both eyes. RLE is a permanent solution because the lens that ages in the eye is no longer present. This prevents the vision loss associated with cataract development and means the patient will no longer require cataract surgery later in life. As long as the eye remains healthy, we expect long-term visual freedom.

Visian Toric ICL™

The Visian ICL, also known as the Implantable Collamer® Lens, or an implantable contact lens, is a type of refractive procedure to help correct the most common visual problem: myopia. This lens implant is typically used in moderate to severe cases of myopia but depending on the needs of the patient, the implant can be used at various levels of myopia. Dr. Jason Brinton is a Visian ICL implant specialist. He is North America’s number 1 inserter of the lens implant and has had tremendous success with his patients. Learn more about the Visian Toric ICL here.