Dr. Jason Brinton of Brinton Vision in St. Louis, Missouri performed one of the first EVO ICL procedures in the United States after FDA approval on March 28th, 2022. Dr. Brinton performed the procedure on Dr. Steven Tersigni, a vision correction surgeon from Portland, Oregon. Here is what Dr. Tersigni has to say about Dr. Brinton, Brinton Vision, and his experience with EVO ICL.
Hi, my name is Dr. Steven Tersigni. I’m a vision correction surgeon based out of Portland, Oregon, and I had the EVO Visian ICL done here at Brinton Vision. When I was about, I think 13 or 14, my parents took me to the eye doctor. I found out that I needed glasses and contacts. I got them and it was, kind of, not to, no pun intended, eye-opening for me that… what I was missing. And from then on, I was just kind of tied to glasses and contacts to be able to see clearly.
Part of the big reason why I pursued vision correction was I, myself, am a vision correction surgeon. The biggest reason was to get that freedom from glasses and contacts, to not have to think about it, to be able to just go to the operating room, sit down, look through the microscope, not have to worry about, you know, glasses fogging up with masks in the operating room, you know, being able to do all those things and not…just have it be seamless and natural and it’s been, it’s great.
You felt kinda just like at home here. You felt comfortable, like you knew the people around you cared about you, not just as a, as a potential patient, but just as a person, and there just, there’s just a good feeling here that, and a feeling of thoroughness that everything was thought of, everything possible was taken care of. I was kinda interested, you know, to see what experience was gonna be like. I always explain it to my patients what to expect, but until you have it yourself, it’s always kind of theoretical. You’re like, “This is what other people tell me it’s like.”
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Nothing hurts. If I didn’t know ahead of time because of my background what was going on, I would have no idea what was- what was occurring in the surgery. And it’s just basically I saw a light, it moved around a little bit, and I could, you know, feel a little movement, but that’s, that was about it. The whole thing took about seven minutes for each eye and when I was all done, it was kind of amazing how simple and easy it was.
To somebody who’s on the fence about vision correction surgery, if you’re a good candidate for it and it makes sense for you, I would 100% recommend it. For those people who are candidates, it’s- it’s life-changing. Being able to experience what my patients have been experiencing has been amazing and- and so great.
So far, life without glasses or contacts is great. I- There have been a couple times where I, you know, you reach, like, “Oh, I gotta put my glass on.” Like, when I woke up this morning, I was like, “Oh,” and then I stopped, and it’s just like, “Wait, I don’t need to do that.” Ten out of ten, I would recommend for those doctors there. It was a pleasure working with them, and it was a pleasure being a patient of theirs as well.