Cataract Surgery

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, West Ashley, 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 Symptoms 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.

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    Your aging mom still likes to drive, but you’ve noticed that she’s having a harder time reading street signs. Or maybe she’s always enjoyed playing tennis, but tracking the ball is getting difficult. It’s possible she’s one of the 50% of individuals who develop cataracts by the time they’re 75. It can be tough for seniors to acknowledge age-related vision…
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    One of the most common uncertainties surrounding cataracts and cataract surgery is deciding when it’s the right time for surgery. Patients often wonder how they’ll know when their cataracts are ready to be removed; meanwhile, others worry about whether it’s possible to wait too long for cataract removal. The simplest answer is this: The right time for surgery is when…
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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
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