Cataract Surgery in Charleston

What are Cataracts?

Cataract is the leading cause of blindness in the world, but fortunately it is correctable. It is the most common surgery for Americans over the age of 65. 95% of people 85 years old have cataracts. Almost 50% of people 65 have a developing cataract.


  • Aging – when our vision starts to require glasses for reading, the cataract process begins, but takes 20+ years to form.
  • From birth – This can be genetic or from infections while in the womb
  • Traumatic – severe injuries to the eye can cause a cataract to form
  • Oxidation stresses – UV radiation,” therapeutic” radiation, medication, and toxic chemicals Lifestyle again is preventive.

Cataracts are the leading cause of visual loss in adults age 55 and older. A cataract is a clouding of the natural lens inside your eye. This lens is a clear, disc-shaped structure located behind the iris (the colored portion of the eye). The human lens acts much like the lens in a camera, focusing the images on the retina of the eye. The retina then transfers the visual image to the brain, which permits vision.

When a cataract develops, the lens becomes opaque or cloudy and vision may become impaired. Cataracts are most often a result of aging although anyone can get them. When the lens becomes cloudy and causes vision loss great enough to interfere with normal daily activities, surgical removal is required to improve vision.


Common symptoms of a cataract include:

  • a painless blurring of vision;
  • light sensitivity
  • poor night vision
  • double vision in one eye
  • needing a brighter light to read
  • colors looking faded or yellow

The cloudiness and pattern of a cataract can vary. If the cloudiness is to the side of your field of vision, you may not be aware that you have a cataract.

There are many misconceptions about cataracts. A cataract is not a film over the eye and does not spread from one eye to the other. How quickly a cataract progresses varies among individuals and may even differ between the two eyes. Most age-related cataracts progress gradually over a period of years.

Lifestyle Lens Options

Lifestyle Lens OptionsMultifocal Lens

Restoring Vision For Cataract Patients in South Carolina
FDA Clinical Trials Show 80% of Patients Are Spectacle FREE after surgery.

Multifocal Lenses such as ReSTOR and Tecnis are foldable IOLs that represent breakthrough technology because of their unique, patented optic design, which allows patients to experience the highest level of freedom from glasses ever achieved in IOL clinical trials.

Multifocal IOLs use a combination of three complementary technologies: apodization, diffraction and refraction, to allow patients to experience a full range of high quality vision without the need for reading glasses or bifocals. This range of vision is achieved through the optical properties of the IOL.

During U.S. clinical trials, the results were remarkable:
80% of patients reported that after lens implant surgery with ReSTOR lenses, they no longer needed glasses or contact lenses to see clearly at all distances. 94% said they could drive and read the paper without contacts or glasses. Nearly 94% were so satisfied that they would have the procedure again.


Toric Lens Implants

For Patients with Astigmatism

 Toric Lens Implants

Many patients suffer from a common eye condition known as astigmatism. Often astigmatism can lead to blurred or impaired vision if it becomes moderate or severe. The cause of the blurred and impaired vision is the result of the eye’s cornea having an irregular shape. A normal cornea and lens has a circular shape (like that of a basketball), whereas an eye with astigmatism has a longer more oval shape (like that of a football).

Carolina Cararact & Laser Center is pleased to offer Toric lens implants for astigmatism correction after cataract surgery. The recent advancements in Intraocular Lens (IOL) technology have now made it possible to provide an effective solution for patients that have astigmatism. Until recently, patients that were IOL candidates and had astigmatism, had no option built into the lens, which would correct the astigmatism aspect of their visual condition. Surgeons would typically perform refractive surgery or LASIK after the insertion of an IOL to correct the complete visual picture. If patients did not have astigmatism correction after IOL implantation then contacts or glasses would be required to deal with the astigmatism. With advancements in the optics of IOLs the manufacturers have now been able to accommodate for astigmatism.

Clinical Study Data for the Acrysof IQ Toric®
94% of patients achieved uncorrected distance of 20/40 or better
Improved contrast sensitivity in low-light situations
Significant reduction in both spherical and total high order abberations
Improved functional vision in challenging environments such as night driving, glare and fog
Premium lenses are implanted through a highly refined surgical procedure at a local surgery center. During surgery the aging lens is removed from the eye and replaced with a permanent intraocular lens. New technology and surgical advancements have made surgery a relatively quick, painless outpatient procedure. David T. Vroman, Millin C. Budev, MD, Kristiana D. Neff, MD and Michelle S. Ying, MD are known leaders in the field of lens implantation, already helping thousands of patients achieve visual freedom. Your surgeon will discuss all of your options with you in detail to determine the best plan for your individual needs.


Surgery is the only way to cure a cataract. Cataract surgery can be performed when your vision needs require it. During cataract surgery your cloudy lens is removed from the eye and replaced with a permanent intraocular lens. New technology and surgical advancements have made cataract surgery a painless, outpatient procedure. Exciting new lens offerings provide options to patients as well, allowing cataract patients to see well at all distances without the help of glasses, bifocals or reading glasses.

Cataract removal by David Vroman, MD, Millin Budev, MD, Michelle S. Ying, MD or Kristiana Neff, MD at Carolina Cataract & Laser Center is handled through a relatively easy, outpatient surgical procedure at a local surgery facility. Your surgeon will work with you to evaluate your cataract, discuss recommended treatment options and to schedule surgery if needed.

If you, or a loved one, is over the age of 55, experiencing decreased or blurry vision and would like to receive a cataract evaluation, please call to schedule an appointment at (843) 797.3676.

Refractive Lens Exchange (RLE)

Refractive lens exchange is a surgical option for some patients where the natural lens of the eye is replaced with an artificial Refractive Lens Exchangelens, similar to cataract surgery. Benefits of refractive lens exchange include the elimination of the need for future cataract surgery and rapid recovery. For patients already having cataracts, premium lens options can now be included with traditional cataract surgery to provide the same freedom from glasses as those patients undergoing refractive lens exchange surgery. Your surgeon will discuss multifocal and Toric® lens options to find the solution that is best for your individual needs.

Because the cornea is relatively untouched, RLE may be a better option for patients with thin corneas, large pupils, dry eyes or other minor cornea problems than LASIK. RLE may be used to treat nearsightedness, farsightedness and, because of exciting new advancements, presbyopia, or the need for reading glasses.

Refractive Lens Exchange with or without cataracts is performed at l local surgery center. This state-of-the-art facility allows Carolina Cataract & Laser Center surgeons to use the latest and most advanced technology available today. Your Carolina Cataract & Laser Center surgeon and patient educator work with each and every patient to identify the most appropriate treatment options for the best visual outcomes.

Cataract Surgery with Carolina Cataract & Laser Center

Carolina Cataract & Laser Center welcomed patients to its new state-of-the-art facility in the spring of 2008. With offices in three convenient locations, Ladson, Mt Pleasant and West Ashley, quality surgical eye care is now more available than ever.

Carolina Cataract & Laser Center surgeons Michelle S. Ying, MD, David T. Vroman, MD, Millin C. Budev, MD and Kristiana D. Neff, MD are well-known and respected leaders in the field of ophthalmology and have helped thousands of patients achieve their own visual freedom through surgical treatments. Cataracts, LASIK, corneal transplants and refractive lens exchange options have all made this an exciting time for vision correction while providing patients more treatment options than ever before.

The surgeons and staff of Carolina Cataract & Laser Center know that you have a choice when deciding who to trust your vision to. Our highly-skilled surgeons and staff treat every patient as they would their own family member and are committed to providing the best care possible. Every patient. Every time.

From your first phone call inquiry through your last exam, our staff has your personal satisfaction in mind. Patients are encouraged to call us at (843) 797.3676 or to email: for more information or to schedule a surgical evaluation.

Ready for your own visual freedom? Call today to schedule an evaluation at (843) 797.3676