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Dr. George Waring is a respected leader in LASIK surgery procedures. He is active in clinical research, has published over 100 scientific papers, and has been called upon to lecture on advanced surgical treatments on four different continents.

He is the course director for LASIK for the American Academy of Ophthalmology, responsible for teaching LASIK to surgeons from around the United States and around the world. Dr. Waring was the first surgeon in the United States to preform LASIK with a high-speed laser and the first surgeon in South Carolina to preform high definition custom LASIK. Beyond his impressive credentials, his practice has been built around achieving the optimum client experience. Rather than a long waiting time, you can expect concierge-style service and an experience that is pleasant, luxurious, and comfortable. For LASIK surgery, you are invited to have a free initial consultation to determine if you are a good candidate for this innovative procedure. Get more in-depth information in our LASIK Surgery page.

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LASIK Surgery

For those who must wear glasses or contacts for vision correction, LASIK surgery may be the right way to correct nearsightedness, farsightedness, astigmatism and presbyopia and allow you to set aside the glasses or contacts. LASIK stands for laser assisted in situ keratomileusis. In this procedure, a tiny beam of laser energy is used to reshape the cornea (the clear, rounded front portion of your eye) so that the incoming information is correctly focused on the retina, forming a clear image.

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Determining Candidacy

To find out if you are a candidate for LASIK, your eyes, age, and health must be evaluated. You must be at least 18 years old, and cannot be pregnant or breastfeeding. The medications you take must be reviewed before your candidacy can be confirmed. Take advantage of a free initial consultation.

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Read answers to the most frequently asked questions about LASIK so you understand the basics about the procedure.

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Farsightedness, or hyperopia, is a common condition where clients may or may not see distant objects are clearly depending on the degree of far-sightedness, while close objects are blurry. Hyperopia is not detected as often as myopia, or nearsightedness, as vision tests are commonly performed using distance charts. As clients with hyperopia may see distance clearly, they pass traditional eye tests without trouble. However, blurred vision or headaches can be indicative of hyperopia and may warrant a visit to one of our nation’s leading eye correction surgeons, Dr. George Waring at the Waring Vision Institute in Mount Pleasant, SC.

Symptoms & Causes
of Hyperopia

If you have hyperopia, you may experience some of the following symptoms when reading or performing other close-range activities:

  • Eyestrain
  • Squinting or closing of the eyes
  • Fatigue
  • Headaches
  • Difficulty focusing on objects
  • Aching or burning feeling around the eyes

Hyperopia is caused by a deformity of the eye, in which it is shorter, or the cornea lacks the correct curve, or the lens of the eye is further back in the eye structure than it should be for clear vision. This defect causes light and images to be in focus, while close objects appear blurred. Hyperopia is not to be confused with presbyopia, which is also a form of farsightedness caused by age, rather than by genetic factors or eyeball shape.

At Waring Vision Institute in Charleston, SC, we can help you determine if you have hyperopia and help you to explore the various treatment options. We offer the most advanced diagnostics and treatments available in the USA, and Dr. Waring is a leading authority on eye correction surgery, and one of the nation’s most respected ophthalmologists.

Hyperopia Diagnosis and Treatment

A comprehensive eye exam is the only way to accurately diagnose hyperopia. Our ophthalmologist will administer our advanced ocular analysis to determine the degree of the condition. Our testing procedures analyze your eye structure to establish the cause and the appropriate, most effective correction options. An instrument with a magnifying glass and light, called an ophthalmoscope, is used to examine the back of the eye structure.

The other type of test uses a device called a phoropter, testing eye focus by placing a series of lenses in front of your eyes. A retinoscope is used to analyze how light bounces of the retina to isolate any specific anomalies in your eye structure. A high definition wavefront aberrometer is also used, which is the most advanced technology available in the United States to measure myopia, and the Waring Vision Institute is the first to offer this ground-breaking technology to his clients. Once we have identified the cause and degree of hyperopia, one of the following treatment options may be determined to be appropriate:

  • Non-surgical: Glasses or contacts. If the farsightedness is mild, or you do not wish undergo surgery, glasses or contact lenses can correct your vision. We will determine your specific prescription, which may need to be altered over time, as the condition worsens.
  • Surgical: LASIK. LASIK is the most common form of refractive surgery and can decrease or eliminate your need for glasses or contacts. In LASIK surgery, a small incision is created to access the inner cornea, and a laser is used to carefully remove tissue from the cornea to correct the eye’s ability to focus.
  • Surgical: Refractive Lens Exchange (RLE). Refractive lens exchange is a common procedure for the correction of hyperopia, particularly in higher degrees of far-sightedness or when a client has both hyperopia and presbyopia (the age-related inability to focus at near). Refractive lens exchange has the advantage of preventing cataracts in the future and has gained widespread popularity as a result.

Get Treatment for Hyperopia in Charleston, SC

The Waring Vision Institute is in the Charleston area, convenient to the nearby communities of Myrtle Beach, Mount Pleasant, and Columbia. Dr. George Waring is an internationally-recognized, and highly-respected ophthalmologist who delivers premier treatment and compassionate care to each client. He is experienced in treating mild to severe eye conditions, and will explore all available treatment options. Schedule an appointment with us if you are suffering from far-sightedness and want to find out about the advanced treatments we offer for vision correction.

George Waring IV MD FACS

735 Johnnie Dodds Blvd, Ste 101

Mt. Pleasant, SC 29464

Phone: 843-592-3955

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