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There are over seven billion humans on earth. Every single one of them has a unique pair of eyes. It is because of this that there are LASIK alternatives to help every person gain visual freedom, or crisp, clear vision free from glasses and contact lenses. Brinton Vision specializes in LASIK in St. Louis, plus all six of its modern alternatives – Advanced PRK, Kamra Inlay, RLE, Light Adjustable Lens (LAL), SMILE and EVO ICL . Specializing allows us to be sure we are providing the best-proven technology and personalized treatments to help the people of St. Louis achieve their visual freedom.
Dr. Brinton and his personally-trained, expert staff guide each patient through our Brinton Vision Ocular Analysis. It is among the most advanced and thorough eye analyses available anywhere in the world.
Dr. Brinton believes that investing extra time and effort into this analysis is a crucial part of identifying whether or not you are truly an excellent candidate for laser vision correction. After we have a fully detailed assessment of your eyes through our seven diagnostic technologies, your doctor will review your results with you and recommend which advanced laser vision correction procedure, if any, is best for your unique eyes. You will have the information you need to create a personalized vision plan that’s right for you.
Dr. Brinton Checking Eyes
Sub-Bowman’s Keratomileusis (SBK) is a modern and advanced LASIK alternative. SBK is individually customized to each eye using only bladeless technology. It offers a rapid recovery with incredibly accurate results. In fact, vision improvement is almost instantaneous following the procedure, and most patients return to work within 24 hours. Like all of our LASIK procedures in St. Louis, SBK typically takes less than 15 minutes to treat both eyes.
PRK reshapes the cornea resulting in significantly improved vision. Rather than creating a flap in the cornea, PRK eye surgery removes the outer layer of the cornea, known as the epithelium, thus allowing the laser eye surgeon access to the cornea. Thereafter, a laser reshapes the cornea providing a lasting change to the shape and curvature.
PRK surgery is both effective and an advanced modern alternative to LASIK. Dr. Brinton is deeply experienced, having performed thousands of these procedures. In fact, Dr. Brinton and his staff are highly educated and robustly trained in performing PRK eye surgery.
Small Incision Lenticule Extraction (SMILE) is a single-step, minimally invasive version of LASIK in St. Louis. With little disruption of the natural state of the cornea, SMILE typically results in 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, some refer to SMILE as the next generation of LASIK alternatives.
EVO Implantable Collamer Lenses (EVO ICLs), sometimes called implantable contact lenses, are a removable microlenses implanted in patients with moderate to high nearsightedness and those with thinner corneas. Each microlens is comprised primarily of collagen and water and is in sync with the body’s natural chemistry. The lens is gently placed behind the iris (the colored part of your eye) and is not noticeable without a microscope. Because no tissue is removed during the EVO ICL procedure, and because it has a large treatment range, EVO ICL allows patients who have been told they are not candidates for laser vision correction in the past to now gain visual freedom. EVO ICL lenses require no maintenance and can remain in the eye for the patient’s lifetime.
At Brinton Vision, we offer multiple LASIK alternatives in St. Louis, including corneal inlay options, for our patients over 40 who want to improve their reading vision. Inlays are an incredible advancement in refractive surgery technology because they can eliminate the need for reading glasses.
Kamra inlay is a mini-ring with a small pinhole in the center that rests beneath the surface of the eye. It is extremely thin and smaller than an average contact lens. The KAMRA inlay uses its donut-like design to block out unfocused light while still allowing focused light to enter the eye, much like a camera aperture.
Custom Lens Replacement (CLR) is an increasingly popular LASIK alternative for patients over 50 suffering from dysfunctional lens syndrome (DLS). DLS is the natural aging of the eye’s inner lens which causes a decrease in visual clarity and an increase in difficulty reading up close or in low-light situations. During the CLR 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. CLR is a permanent solution, and not only does it allow patients to see life more clearly, but it also means they will never have to worry about losing their vision to cataracts. So long as the eye remains healthy, patients can expect long-term visual freedom.