- Vision Solutions
One thing that sets Mt. Pleasant eye surgeon Dr. Kerry Solomon apart from other ophthalmologists is his dedication to truly customized vision correction. Although he is well established as the LASIK and cataract surgery leader in South Carolina, he does not promote these procedures unless they are the ideal solution for the patient. By offering a full range of state-of-the-art options, he is able to recommend vision solutions based on what is truly best for the patient based on age, vision concerns, and other physical and lifestyle factors.
If you would like to learn more about your vision solutions, request an appointment, or call our office at (843) 881-3937. One of our friendly, knowledgeable staff members will schedule an appointment at a location and time that is convenient for you.
Distant Vision Solutions
The traditional term for poor distance vision is nearsightedness or myopia. This is a refractive error in which the curvature of the cornea is too steep, causing light rays to focus at a point in front of the retina, rather than directly on the retina. Treatment options include:
- LASIK or PRK are often excellent choices for the correction of myopia, because today’s technology allows for very precise and predictable reshaping of the cornea, with results that often exceed 20/20 vision.
- Refractive lens exchange (RLE) is another option for improving distance vision. This procedure removes your eye’s natural clear lens and replaces it with an advanced artificial lens (IOL) that corrects your refractive error.
- Visian ICL® (implantable contact lenses) are often the best option for those with thin corneas or a high degree of nearsightedness. Unlike the IOLs used in cataract surgery or RLE, these implantable contact lenses work with your eye’s own natural lens to correct myopia and help you to see clearly without glasses.
- Cataract surgery is performed when your natural lenses have become thickened and cloudy, usually as a result of aging. This procedure removes the cloudy, thickened lens from your eye and replaces it with an IOL selected to optimize your vision – either at a specified distance or at multiple distances.
Near Vision Solutions
The inability to see well close up is called farsightedness or hyperopia. This occurs when the curvature of the eye is too flat, causing light to focus on a point beyond the retina. People also develop an age-related condition called presbyopia, in which it becomes difficult to focus on objects up close. This occurs as the lens and the muscle fibers surrounding it lose flexibility with age. Treatment options include:
- LASIK or PRK are ideal options for many hyperopic patients, as today’s laser technology enables Dr. Solomon to very precisely steepen the curvature of the cornea and correct refractive errors, often producing results that are better than 20/20.
- Refractive lens exchange (RLE) is often the best option for those with extreme farsightedness or presbyopia who do not qualify for LASIK. Dr. Solomon removes the eye’s natural lens and replaces it with an advanced artificial lens (IOL) that is designed to provide clearer vision, either up close or at a range of distances.
- Cataract surgery removes thickened, cloudy lenses which can develop with age and impair vision. Dr. Solomon replaces the clouded lens with an IOL selected to improve vision and reduce your dependence on glasses.
- KAMRA™ inlay is a device implanted in the cornea of one eye to improve your vision if you have presbyopia. It works by blocking unfocused light rays entering the eye and allowing only central light rays to pass through, improving near vision.
Astigmatism is caused by an imperfection in the curvature of the cornea that causes distorted or blurry vision. Solutions include:
- LASIK or PRK are typically performed to correct nearsightedness, farsightedness, and astigmatism. The technology Dr. Solomon uses so accurately and precisely measures astigmatism that correction often results in vision that is better than 20/20.
- Refractive lens exchange (RLE) may be an option when LASIK and PRK are not. Dr. Solomon can replace your natural lens with an artificial lens (IOL) that corrects your astigmatism.
- Visian ICL® is a good option for those who want to enjoy freedom from glasses but who cannot have LASIK. These implantable contact lenses work with your eye’s own natural lens to correct myopia and help you to see clearly without glasses.
- Cataract surgery — When Dr. Solomon removes cataracts, he can replace your natural lens with one that corrects your astigmatism, or depending on the severity, your astigmatism may be corrected by a laser at the same time you have your cataract surgery.
Monovision is a solution for presbyopia in which vision in one eye is corrected (through lenses or refractive surgery) for distance, and the other is corrected for seeing up close. The eye with good distance vision will be slightly blurry up close, and the eye with good close vision will be slightly blurry at a distance, but when using both eyes, most people will experience acceptable vision at a variety of distances. Solutions include:
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- Monovision can be achieved with LASIK, PRK, cataract surgery, and refractive lens exchange (RLE) in people who have had success with monovision with contact lenses.
- When Dr. Solomon performs cataract surgery, he can replace a thickened, cloudy lens with one designed to see at a variety of distances, or can use 2 different lenses for monovision.
- Like cataract surgery, refractive lens exchange (RLE) is an option for replacing your eye’s natural lenses with either multifocal IOLs or 2 different lenses for monovision.
- Dr. Solomon can implant the KAMRA™ inlay in the cornea of one eye to improve your vision if you have presbyopia. It improves near vision by blocking unfocused light rays and allowing only central light rays to pass through.