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Trailblazers in Ophthalmology

Dr. George Waring is a respected leader in LASIK surgery procedures. He and Dr. Michael DeCourcey are actively engaged in clinical research, collectively authoring over 100 scientific papers, and have been sought after to deliver lectures on advanced surgical treatments across four continents.

Dr. Waring serves as the course director for LASIK at the American Academy of Ophthalmology, where he imparts his expertise to surgeons from across the United States and around the world. He holds the distinction of being the first surgeon in the United States to perform LASIK with a high-speed laser and the first surgeon in South Carolina to conduct high-definition custom LASIK procedures.

In addition to their impressive credentials, their practice is dedicated to providing the ultimate client experience. Instead of enduring lengthy waiting times, patients can anticipate concierge-style service, ensuring a pleasant, luxurious, and comfortable journey throughout their LASIK surgery experience. If you are considering LASIK surgery, we invite you to schedule a free initial consultation to determine your eligibility for this innovative procedure. For more in-depth information, please explore 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 clearly, depending on the degree of farsightedness, while close objects appear 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 distant objects clearly, they may pass traditional eye tests without difficulty. 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 and Dr. Michael DeCourcey 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 & Dr. DeCourcey are leading authorities on eye correction surgery, and some 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 located in the Charleston area, serving the neighboring communities of Myrtle Beach, Mount Pleasant, and Columbia. Dr. George Waring and Dr. Michael DeCourcey are internationally-recognized and highly-respected ophthalmologists who provide premier treatment and compassionate care to each client. They have extensive experience in treating mild to severe eye conditions and are dedicated to exploring all available treatment options. If you are dealing with far-sightedness and are interested in learning about the advanced treatments we offer for vision correction, we encourage you to schedule an appointment with us.

Waring Vision Institute

735 Johnnie Dodds Blvd, Ste 101

Mt. Pleasant, SC 29464

Phone: 843-592-3955

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