Celebrating World Keratoconus Day!

November 10th is World Keratoconus Day – a day where we at Charleston Cornea & Refractive Surgery help to spread the word and create awareness! To help us do so, here are 10 quick facts about Keratoconus! Keratoconus, often called ‘KC’, is a progressive eye condition where the cornea thins and bulges into a cone-shape. This…

How Corneal Cross-Linking Treats Keratoconus

If you’ve been diagnosed with the degenerative eye condition known as keratoconus, there’s hope. A revolutionary procedure called corneal cross-linking can halt the disease’s progression and preserve the vision you have. At Charleston Cornea & Refractive Surgery, Dr. David O’Day specialize in helping patients retain and regain their eyesight. If you have keratoconus or think…

Are You a Candidate for LASIK?

About 50 percent of Americans are either nearsighted or farsighted — up to 40 percent are nearsighted and 5-10% are farsighted. If you’ve had to rely on either glasses or contacts to see clearly, you may long to shed them. It’s time to investigate LASIK surgery. LASIK surgery has constantly evolved since its inception a…

3 Interesting Facts You Should Know About Your Cornea

Your cornea in the front of each eye is transparent, perhaps seeming to lack substance, but it’s a highly-organized tissue that is important to your overall eye health and function. It safeguards your eye from foreign materials such as dust or bacteria, while providing a smooth surface to absorb oxygen and nutrients from tears. Here…

Is Surgery My Only Option for Relieving Cataract Symptoms?

Even if you maintain excellent vision through your older years, it’s likely you’ll develop cataracts eventually. More than half of all Americans have cataracts or have had cataract surgery by age 80. While you may get away with new eyeglasses, brighter lighting, and anti-glare sunglasses when you’re experiencing the early stages of cataracts, you’ll eventually…

How ThermiEye Works to Rejuvenate Your Eyes

Your eyes are one of the first places to show your age. Years of sun exposure, squinting, smiling, and frowning can lead to wrinkles, lines, and slack skin in the delicate area around your eyes. You can combat aging, smooth out the skin, and, as a bonus, relieve dry eyes with ThermiEye radiofrequency treatments. ThermiEye…

Tired of Living With Dry Eyes? You Have Options

Tears are so much more than simply water coming from your eyes. A complex solution with three distinct components, tears require a balance between these components in adequate amounts to protect your eyes. If you have very watery eyes, you may be surprised to learn you could have a condition called dry eye, where tear…

Understanding the Different Types of Glaucoma

Worldwide, it’s estimated that as many as 80 million people may be affected by glaucoma. Not a single condition, glaucoma is a group of disorders that cause damage to the optic nerve, and collectively, these disorders form a leading cause of blindness in people over 60, though glaucoma can affect anyone at any age. While…

Reversing Aging Around Your Eyes with ThermiEyes

Your eyes are surrounded by some of your body’s thinnest and most delicate skin, which often shows drooping, wrinkling, and other effects of aging long before your time. ThermiEyes® offers a nonsurgical, anti-aging solution that smooths away wrinkles and tightens skin naturally by stimulating your body’s own tissue repair and skin rejuvenation system. Dr. David…

Can I Resolve My Astigmatism with LASIK?

Astigmatism is a very common eye disorder that causes blurry vision for millions of Americans. It tends to run in families and affects both near and far vision. It’s not a disease. Rather, it’s a refractive error that occurs when the light your eyes use to transmit visual images to your brain doesn’t focus correctly…

Is a Medical Condition the Real Reason You Are Experiencing Dry Eye?

There are many work and leisure activities popular in today’s world that can leave your eyes irritated, itchy, and dry. Staring at a computer monitor all day long, playing video games in the evening, or finishing that entertaining novel before you head off to bed can contribute to dry eyes. Your environment also plays a…

What is the Difference Between PRK and LASIK Eye Surgery?

If you’re tired of wearing eyeglasses, contact lenses, or reading glasses to correct vision such problems as nearsightedness, farsightedness, astigmatism, or presbyopia, you may like the idea of having a surgical procedure that can help you see clearly again without assistance. These vision problems are the result of refractive errors — the light entering your…

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Unexpected Benefits of Cataract Surgery

Each of your eyes has a lens, which is a clear membrane that allows light into your eye. When you have cataracts, one or both of the lenses in your eyes become cloudy. This cloudiness can interfere with your vision, making it harder for you to watch television, read, drive, and do other activities. Cataracts…

Can You Prevent Glaucoma?

More than 3 million Americans have glaucoma, which is a group of diseases that affect a major nerve in the eye. Unfortunately, glaucoma can lead to vision loss and is one of the leading causes of blindness in the United States and around the world. The good news about glaucoma is that early detection and…

Could a New Medication Be Affecting Your Vision?

Prescription drugs, over-the-counter (OTC) drugs, and even so-called “safe” herbal and natural remedies can have unexpected side effects, including changes to your visual acuity and eye health. A chronic condition, such as diabetes or arthritis, can also raise your risk for medication-related vision problems. If you’ve recently started a new drug or supplement and you…

A Picture is Worth a Thousand Words in Detecting Eye Diseases in Children

Although you can easily fix red-eye and other photo bloopers with editing tools on your smartphone or computer, you should take note of any eye abnormalities you spot in photos of your children. A strange glow or yellow hue can indicate a number of different eye conditions, some of them more serious than others. At…