Cataract Surgery in Charleston

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Cataract surgery specialist Dr. Kerry Solomon is considered one of the best cataract surgeons, not just in Charleston, SC, but in the entire country. As the former president of the American Society of Cataract and Refractive Surgery (ASCRS), he is a leader in the field, and brings to his patients the latest in research, technology, and techniques. In addition to educating his peers, he dedicates a great deal of his time to educating patients and their loved ones about cataracts – what they are and when and how they can best be treated.

Is it time for you or a loved one to consider cataract surgery in Mt. Pleasant, North Charleston, or Summerville, SC? Request an appointment with Dr. Kerry Solomon using our simple online form, or call our office directly at (843) 881-3937 to set your appointment with a helpful member of our staff.

What Is a Cataract?

Affecting nearly 22 million Americans 40 and older, cataracts are one of the most common ocular conditions in the country. A cataract is a clouding of the eye’s lens caused by a buildup of protein. To enter the eye, light must first pass through the lens. The lens focuses the light onto the retina, which is located at the back of the eye. When the lens becomes cloudy, light passes through it less effectively, causing blurred vision – similar to the way fingerprints or smudges obscure light coming through a window. Cataracts are a normal part of the aging process, and everyone will eventually get them if they live long enough. Cataracts can occur in one or both eyes.

What Are the Signs of Cataracts?

Cataracts develop gradually, so patients may not notice them until they’re more advanced. Cataracts do not cause pain, redness, discharge, or other symptoms that would normally merit a quick trip to the eye doctor. Instead, many patients with cataracts often describe feeling as if they’re looking at the world through waxed paper or fog. If you’re over 55 and have any of the following symptoms, you may have a cataract:

  • Cloudy or blurry vision
  • Frequent changes to glasses prescription
  • Trouble reading in low lighting
  • Difficulty with nighttime driving due to glare
  • Losing track of the ball during sports like golf or tennis
  • Colors appearing faded or washed out

How Do I Know When It’s Time for Cataract Surgery?

Although you may undergo cataract surgery at any stage of their development, Dr. Solomon recommends cataract surgery when the condition begins to interfere with your quality of life. His research shows that patients wait an average of 5 years longer than they should to undergo cataract surgery, in large part due to fear and a lack of education about the condition and the surgery.

Do Cataracts Come Back After Surgery?

Once removed, your cataracts will not come back. However, in the months or years after cataract surgery, some patients do experience a secondary clouding called posterior capsule opacification, which can cause symptoms similar to cataracts. The good news is that this clouding can be treated with a very simple procedure called Posterior Capsulotomy.

Benefits of Cataract Eye Surgery

There are many benefits of cataract eye surgery with Dr. Solomon, including the following:

  • Improved vision: After cataract eye surgery, your vision should be much clearer and crisper. You will have less blur and sharper eyesight.
  • Colors look more vivid: Cataract surgery improves the sharpness and contrast between colors. This can make it easier to match your clothes when getting dressed!
  • More independence: With improved vision, you can reclaim the independence you used to enjoy.
  • More socializing: It’s easier and more enjoyable to go out and socialize with clear vision.
  • Improved safety while on the road: You are at a lower risk of getting into a motor vehicle accident when you can see the road and other cars clearly, and read traffic signs and signals.
  • Reduced risk of falls: You are less likely to suffer a devastating fall (and possible fracture) when your vision is clear and not blurry.
  • Enjoyment of your hobbies: You can once again enjoy your favorite hobbies, like watching television, reading, sewing or doing crossword puzzles, thanks to improved vision after cataract surgery.
  • Longer life expectancy: Some studies suggest that improving your vision improves your chances of living longer.
  • Better quality of life: Clearer vision can improve your quality of life and overall well-being. Our Charleston, SC cataract surgeon specialist would be happy to discuss additional benefits of surgery in detail with you during a consultation.

Cataract FAQ

Can I prevent cataracts?

Unfortunately there is no way to prevent cataracts, as they are a natural manifestation of the way our eye ages. But thankfully, cataracts can be removed with a safe and fairly simple surgery.

When do cataracts normally start showing symptoms?

People can start to develop cataracts as early as their 40s, but typically individuals will not notice symptoms until their mid-50 to 60s.

Are there any risks associated with cataract surgery?

Every surgery comes with some level of risk, but modern cataract surgery is a very safe procedure. There are a number of potential complications (e.g., infection, eye inflammation, swelling) but serious complications are exceedingly rare. With Dr. Solomon in South Carolina you are in perfect care.

When can I expect my vision to return to normal?

Our South Carolina patients usually report that their vision improved within a few days of cataract surgery.

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