Your LASIK Experience in Charleston, SC
LASIK specialist Dr. Kerry Solomon performed South Carolina’s first LASIK eye procedure, and later, its first iLASIK eye procedure. He is considered by many to be one of the best LASIK surgeons in the country. Patients routinely come to his practice from Myrtle Beach, Goose Creek, Johns Island, and beyond, due to his excellent reputation for LASIK. Despite the fact that he has performed thousands of these procedures, he understands that, for you, eye surgery is not routine, and you may feel anxious about the procedure. He and his staff are dedicated to making you feel comfortable, informed, and cared for at every step of your LASIK experience.
We’d love to talk to you about LASIK, and help you determine whether or not you’re a good candidate. Request an appointment or call our center at 843-620-2020 and one of our helpful staff members will schedule your appointment. We have offices in North Charleston, Summerville, Mt. Pleasant, and West Ashley, South Carolina.
"...After wearing contacts and glasses for nearly 31 years, I still surprise myself with how well I can see...."
- LASIK Patient of Dr. Solomon
Your LASIK experience begins with your consultation. You will meet with Dr. Hood or Dr. Solomon for an evaluation, which includes corneal mapping, prescription assessment, and an eye exam. The doctor will look over the topography of your eyes to be sure that you are a good candidate for LASIK. Patients with thin corneas, asymmetric astigmatism, keratoconus, and other conditions may not be candidates, but Dr. Hood or Dr. Solomon will present you with other options to improve your vision without corrective lenses, should they be available.
After the doctor has answered all of your questions, you will meet with our LASIK surgery coordinator, who will discuss cost and any promotions or discounts for which you are eligible. All of this information will be provided to you in writing as well. If you are ready to proceed, she will schedule your surgery, and discuss the details of your pre-op planning, your surgery, and what to expect after your procedure.
You’ll want to have a friend or loved one drive you to your procedure appointment, and you’ll want to be sure to wear comfortable clothing. We will schedule you to arrive an hour before your procedure for prep, which includes antibiotic and anesthetic (numbing) drops. We also use this time to go over your post-op medication schedule and care instructions, and answer any last minute questions you may have.
We ask that you let us know what music you’d like to listen to during the surgery. During the procedure you are lying flat with your head and eyes stabilized. Afterwards, you will relax in a comfortable recliner for about 45 minutes. Dr. Solomon will then examine your eyes one more time and you will be discharged into the care of your driver. Plan on being at the office for approximately 2 to 3 hours.
During recovery your eyes may feel scratchy and uncomfortable, so we recommend that you sleep for 4 to 6 hours once you arrive home and follow your post operative drop instructions to improve your comfort and promote healing. After the surgery it is very important that you wear the protective eye shield while you sleep.
“Dr. Solomon and his staff were fabulous during my procedure. I felt calm and relaxed. It was over before I knew it!”
Recovery From LASIK
You’ll come in the day after your procedure so that the doctor can examine your eyes, assess your vision, and answer any questions you may have. Patients are typically able to drive themselves to this appointment. Most people appreciate this opportunity to ask about their medications and to get reassurance that what they are experiencing is “normal.” While individual results vary, most patients are seeing much better (if not 20/20) at this point. It is not unusual at this time, however, for patients to experience glare, vision fluctuations, and for the eyes to heal at different rates over the course of several weeks.
A Note for Farsighted Patients
Up until a few years ago, patients with farsightedness (hyperopia) weren’t the best candidates for LASIK. The more common application of LASIK involves making the cornea flatter by removing tissue in the center of the dome. This works for correcting nearsightedness and astigmatism. But since farsighted patients require a steepening of the cornea, the only option is to remove tissue around the periphery. Until the Wavelight laser was introduced, the results for patients with farsightedness were not reliable or long-lasting. However, thanks to advanced technology, we can now achieve 20/20 vision almost 100% of the time in qualified farsighted patients, and the results are long-lasting.
It is important, however, for farsighted patients to understand that their recovery may be different from what their nearsighted peers experience. Farsighted patients’ results tend to take longer to stabilize after LASIK. Some farsighted patients will experience vision refinement over as much as 6 months. The important thing is to stay in close contact with your doctor, and to follow his advice closely.
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