LASIK, an acronym for laser in situ keratomileusis, is now one of the most successful surgical treatments of any kind in the world today. SBK 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.
Sub-Bowman keratomileusis (SBK) is sometimes referred to as “bladeless LASIK” and is used to treat farsightedness (hyperopia), nearsightedness (myopia), presbyopia, and 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 eye surgery.
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.
Mapping the Eye with Wavefront Technology
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 St. Louis LASIK eye surgeon.
With wavefront-guided LASIK, Dr. Brinton uses detailed maps of your cornea, almost like topography maps in geography, to provide an enhanced view into the tiniest complexities of your eye. Wavefront-optimized treatments preserve the natural shape of your 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.
What happens during the LASIK surgery process?
First, Dr. Brinton uses one of our two femtosecond lasers to create a carefully calculated flap in the cornea. Then he uses one of our two excimer lasers to reshape the cornea underneath the flap. Within seconds, the laser procedure is completed and the protective corneal flap is laid back into place.
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.
What to Expect on the Day of Your LASIK Procedure
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.
What to Expect After LASIK
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 Dr. Brinton 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!
Dr. Brinton is one of the best in the country. It was important to me to be able to go to the best. … My vision now is amazing!