LASIK Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

Have questions about LASIK? Our team has the answers!

What is LASIK? – LASIK is a procedure that corrects vision by reshaping the cornea with advanced laser technology.

Is LASIK for me? You can find out if you’re an ideal candidate here. But the only way to affirm you are a LASIK candidate is to schedule a FREE consultation with Dr. Solomon and his team of vision experts.

How long has LASIK been around? The laser used for LASIK was invested in the 1970s, however, it was not approved for surgery until 1995. Dr. Solomon was the first surgeon in the U.S. to perform topography-guided LASIK. He performed the first LASIK procedure in South Carolina and was also the first in that state to perform laser-assisted cataract surgery using femtosecond technology. His 25+ years of experience go hand in hand with the evolution of LASIK!

Is LASIK safe? – Yes, LASIK surgery is accurate and safe.

Is LASIK permanent? LASIK eye surgery is permanent for the treatment of vision problems including nearsightedness (myopia), farsightedness (hyperopia), and astigmatism. But, our eyes – like other parts of our body – change over time and some patients may opt for re-treatment. Our ‘Vision for Life’ plan covers any tune-ups you may need in the future.

What is the success rate? While research shows more than 96 percent of LASIK patients are satisfied with their experience, understanding what is important to you about your vision is essential to set up your personal success with LASIK.

How does LASIK work? LASIK uses a computer-guided laser to reshape your cornea and take precise measurements of your eyes. The procedure is usually done within minutes.

Does it hurt? – LASIK is a quick and virtually painless procedure. Before surgery, your eyes will be numbed with anesthetic eye drops, ensuring your full comfort. The entire LASIK procedure takes less than 10 minutes to complete.

What is the recovery process? – Most patients are cleared to return to work and resume normal activities, including driving, the day after LASIK. Click here to learn more about what to expect after surgery.

What if I’ve been told I am not a candidate for LASIK? After undergoing extensive vision testing, Dr. Solomon may recommend an alternative procedure like PRK, Implantable Contact Lenses, or Refractive Lens Exchange based on your vision needs and test results.

Will I have 20/20 vision after my LASIK surgery? – Many patients enjoy 20/20 vision or better, but results can vary. Among patients that still need glasses or contacts after surgery, the majority need a lower prescription or wear them only for certain tasks, like driving at night.

Is LASIK covered by insurance? LASIK is an elective surgery and not often covered by insurance. However, we do offer monthly specials and flexible payment plans through CareCredit. We understand that LASIK is an investment, but in the end, you’ll end up saving hundreds of dollars every year from the cost of contacts, glasses, cases and cleaning supplies. Please contact your insurance provider to learn specifics about your eye care plan.

What’s included in the cost? Included in the cost is your pre-operative exam, surgical facility, including technology that’s among the best in the country, a surgeon’s fee, and postoperative visits.

What’s not included in the cost? Your single quote for LASIK does not include the prescription drops and oral medications that you will use for optimal comfort and healing following your procedure. The prescription can be filed through insurance and coverage depends on benefits.

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Kerry Solomon, MD

Most experienced LASIK &
Laser Cataract Surgeon in SC

A leader in ophthalmic research and education, Dr. Solomon is often
the first in the state to have access to new technology, which he
uses to achieve optimal results for his patients.

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1101 Clarity Road
Mount Pleasant, SC 29464
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2060 Charlie Hall Blvd #201
Charleston, SC 29414
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Our renowned ophthalmologist serves Charleston, and the entire state of South Carolina. Dr. Kerry Solomon's ophthalmology practice is located in Mt. Pleasant, with an additional location in West Ashley. Our practice specializes in refractive lens exchange, PRK, LASIK, laser cataract surgery with multifocal IOLs and toric lenses, and other eye surgery procedures. Dr. Solomon's patients come to Charleston from areas such as Myrtle Beach, Columbia, Beaufort, Hilton Head, Goose Creek, Johns Island, and Kiawah Island, SC; Asheville, NC; and Savannah, GA.

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