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LASIK in Charleston SC

Advances in laser technology offer new types of treatment for many eye conditions, and provide an alternative to wearing glasses or contacts.

The Waring Vision Institute is the destination for premier vision correction treatments with the best LASIK Charleston SC has to offer. Glasses can be limiting as they block peripheral vision and can be easily misplaced. Contacts allow you to correct your eyesight without wearing glasses, but involve the daily routine of placing and removing them, and pose potential eye irritation problems, including chronic dry eye, infection and corneal scarring. Dr. George Waring is an internationally recognized ophthalmologist who has been involved in some of the most advanced treatments available in the USA.

LASIK surgery in Charleston SC is a very popular treatment as it is a technological advancement that can improve problems with eyesight like myopia (nearsightedness), hyperopia (farsightedness), astigmatism and presbyopia. The procedure is fast, involves minimal downtime, and can reduce or completely eradicate your need to wear glasses or contacts.


LASIK is the most common type of laser eye surgery and can successfully treat a wide range of vision problems. In a LASIK surgery procedure, a specially-designed laser device is used to correct vision by flattening the cornea in cases of myopia, enhancing the curve of the cornea for those with hyeperopia, or repairing the eye shape irregularities of astigmatism.

The LASIK Charleston SC procedure is very quick. Your whole visit at the ophthalmologist will last in the range of two hours, but the LASIK procedure itself requires only about 15 minutes. Acclaimed ophthalmologist Dr. George Waring at the Waring Vision Institute in Charleston, SC employs the most advanced systems and procedures for laser vision correction surgery, and is a respected authority in the development of newer and better procedures. Dr. Waring was the first surgeon in the United States to preform high speed LASIK and the first surgeon in the state of South Carolina to perform high definition custom LASIK.

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I want to take a few minutes to thank Dr. Waring and his staff for making my LASIK procedure and experience well worth the money, every minute between the consultation and follow-up. I would highly recommend a consultation with Dr. Waring to see if you are a candidate for LASIK. Again, a huge thanks to Dr. Waring for his expertise, training, and care.
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I want to take a few minutes to thank Dr. Waring and his staff for making my LASIK procedure and experience well worth the money, every minute between the consultation and follow-up. I would highly recommend a consultation with Dr. Waring to see if you are a candidate for LASIK. Again, a huge thanks to Dr. Waring for his expertise, training, and care.
- William W.

LASIK Procedure

The first step in LASIK surgery is a consultation and our advanced ocular analysis with our experienced ophthalmologist. In your consultation, Dr. Waring will evaluate your eyesight and identify your unique issues, whether myopia, hyperopia, or astigmatism to determine if you are a good candidate for LASIK. If LASIK is an appropriate treatment for you, a follow-up appointment for the procedure will be scheduled. Rest assured that Dr. Waring delivers the highest of quality LASIK in Charleston SC. LASIK surgery is performed in the following steps:

Prep for Surgery

The LASIK surgeon will apply numbing eye drops, and may provide additional medication to help you relax. Once you are ready for surgery, the doctor will use a device called a lid speculum to keep the eye open and prevent blinking during surgery. Another device will be used to stabilize your eye during the procedure, which may lead to a slight sensation of pressure, but no pain.

Adjusting the Cornea

Once the eye is prepped, the surgeon will use a laser to gently create a LASIK flap in the outer layer of the cornea (the clear, gel-like covering on the front of the eye). This laser flap provides access to the cornea and the imperfections that need correction. Then, a precise, computer-controlled laser will send pulses of light to the cornea to reshape it. The laser is programmed to correct the small imperfections that were identified in your examination. You may feel a slight pressure but the procedure is easily tolerated, and relatively painless.

Completion of Surgery

Once the cornea has been reshaped, Dr. Waring will replace the flap of cornea into position to heal – no stitches are needed. The incision heals on its own and stays in place naturally. After the surgery is complete, the doctor will examine your eyes once more before releasing you to return home.

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Risks & Recovery

The LASIK recovery process is fast. Some clients may experience mild discomfort, including and itching or burning sensation or increased tear production. These side effects are normal and will subside quickly. You will not be permitted to drive yourself home after your procedure. Our clients report a dramatic change in increased clarity of vision within eight hours of the surgery.

There are a few risks associated with LASIK eye surgery in Charleston. Some risks include under-correction, over-correction, astigmatism, vision changes, complications with the corneal flap, or infection. These complications are rare, and our skilled, experienced ophthalmologist will guide you through the healing process. During your consultation, inform your doctor of any medical conditions you have, medications you are currently taking, and any other eye procedures you’ve had recently. Let us know if you are pregnant or suffer from any type of uncontrolled autoimmune disorder. The professionals at the Waring Vision Institute will monitor your progress after your LASIK eye surgery.

Come to Charleston, SC for Your LASIK Procedure

Dr. George Waring is an internationally recognized and award winning ophthalmologist based out of the Charleston, SC area. Residents of the surrounding communities of Mount Pleasant, Columbia, and Myrtle Beach take advantage of Dr. Waring’s many years of experience, high-level skills, advanced procedures, and technologies. His practice emphasizes personalized care and excellence is surgical results. Schedule a consultation with us to see if you are a good candidate for a LASIK procedure.


When clients are considering LASIK eye surgery in Charleston SC, they have a range of questions. Below are some of the most frequently asked questions that we receive at the Waring Vision Institute regarding LASIK surgery in SC.

Why come to Waring Vision for LASIK?

At the Waring Vision Institute in Charleston SC, Dr. George Waring provides an impressive level of care and experience in performing LASIK surgery. Dr. Waring is an ophthalmologist who is internationally recognized for his contributions to the development of newer, better, and more effective treatments for a range of eye conditions and diseases. You can be confident that your treatment is being performed by a world-renown specialist, in a luxurious clinic built to cater to the client's needs.

LASIK Eye Surgery in Charleston, SC

Dr. Waring has the medical knowledge and the experience to ensure your LASIK surgery yields the most positive results possible. We offer the latest-generation, state-of-the-art systems for LASIK surgery. Our highly-skilled medical staff assists in the LASIK procedure, and is focused upon client health and safety from start to finish.

Am I a candidate for LASIK?

LASIK Charleston SC surgery is not the right procedure for every client. You must be over the age of 18 to qualify for the procedure. To ensure that you are a candidate for LASIK, you schedule a consultation with us, so we can evaluate your eye condition, and determine whether this treatment will be effective and safe for you. LASIK must be performed on healthy eyes, so if you have dry eye syndrome, any type of eye injury, or an eye infection, you are probably not a good candidate for the procedure until those issues are fully resolved.

Clients must have sufficient thickness of the cornea. LASIK surgery works by reshaping the cornea, so if your cornea is too thin or has irregular thickness, you are not a candidate for LASIK. If your pupils are too large, LASIK is not right for you as it will make your eyes too sensitive to light.

The ideal candidate for LASIK is in good physical health, is over the age of 18, and is not pregnant. Clients with vision that is rapidly worsening are not good candidates for LASIK. If your vision has been stable for at least a year, LASIK is likely a very effective treatment to give you crisp, clear vision - at last.

How Much Does Lasik Surgery Cost?

Per Realself, the typical cost for LASIK ranges from $1,250 - $5,300 with an average cost of $3,325.

How long will the LASIK procedure take?

LASIK generally requires an appointment lasting about two hours, but the procedure itself is fairly quick. It takes an average of about 10 minutes to treat each eye during a LASIK procedure.

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Do I need someone to drive me to my LASIK procedure?

After your LASIK in Charleston SC, you will need someone to transport you home. Clients commonly experience blurry vision for a few hours after the surgery. Your eyes will also be sensitive to light after the procedure. Your doctor will test your eyes in a follow-up appointment soon after your treatment to ensure your vision is clear enough to drive, but until given the okay, do not operate a motor vehicle.

Most clients are given a sedative to make the treatment more comfortable. It is best to find a family member or a close friend that can act as a caretaker. Once you are home, you should take a nap or lie down and rest your eyes.

How long will my recovery take after LASIK?

After your LASIK procedure, you should be able to go back to work after a few days, but your eyes may take months to completely heal. For about six months, you will need to schedule follow up appointments with your doctor to make sure recovery is proceeding as it should.

You may experience some blurry vision or dry eyes during your recovery, but most clients find that they are able to resume their regular daily activities with very little time away from their regular activities or work.

Will LASIK improve my vision for my lifetime?

In most cases, LASIK surgery produces very long-lasting results. Most clients find that the improvement in their vision continues for years. Once the eyes have healed there is typically no need for a follow up procedure.

Although LASIK surgery produces long term improvements in vision, it does not halt the aging process. For some, blurry vision or astigmatism can return as the eyes continue to change with age. In these cases, a follow up procedure may be necessary.

Is LASIK right for me?

If you have problems with your vision and are fed up with glasses and contacts, you may be interested in finding out more about the LASIK procedure. Waring Vision Institute, under the guidance of George Waring III, a leading authority in the field of ophthalmology, can assist you to correct vision problems with LASIK or other advanced, innovative treatment. As a recognized authority in eye and vision care, Dr. Waring and his staff offer the most advanced, innovative treatments to treat a full range of vision problems.

Check out the areas we serve for LASIK eye surgery other than in Charleston:

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Waring Vision Institute

735 Johnnie Dodds Blvd, Ste 101

Mt. Pleasant, SC 29464

Phone: 843-592-3955

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