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LASIK and Vision Correction

Tired of the hassle and expense for contacts or glasses, thousands of people throughout South Carolina have found freedom through Magill Vision Center’s LASIK and vision correction procedures.

As South Carolina’s first and most highly regarded laser vision correction center, the eye specialists at Magill Vision Center utilize the latest and most technologically advanced lasers, as well as innovative implantable lens options. 

Magill Vision Center was the first in South Carolina to perform LASIK and now is the first in the country to have the most advanced technology — the blade free Alcon Wavelight EX500 refractive suite — the fastest laser of its type, designed for safety and accuracy.

Dr. George Waring, Medical Director for Magill Vision Center, is the first in the country to perform LASIK and PRK using this revolutionary Wavelight technology with outstanding results. Magill Vision Center patients who have undergone this procedure have realized 20/20 vision or better.

Magill Vision Center is a part of the Storm Eye Institute at the Medical University of South Carolina. Our doctors are vision correction ophthalmologists and LASIK specialists, dedicated to providing you with clear, natural vision. They are board certified, highly skilled LASIK surgeons using the most advanced equipment available today.

The physicians and staff will consult with you on your options, answer all your questions and make your comfort a priority throughout the process. Learn more about each of our LASIK and vision correction procedures below.


LASIK (Laser Assisted In-Situ Keratomileusis) reshapes the cornea using a laser and restores the eye’s ability to focus properly, thus eliminating the need for corrective eyewear.

Magill Vision Center utilizes the WaveLight refractive technology to safely and effectively reshape your eyes in a two-step procedure to restore ideal vision. Many people notice almost immediate improvement and the ability to perform daily tasks without the aid of glasses or contacts.

LASIK may not be the answer for everyone. Individuals with dry eyes, thin corneas, advanced vision loss or other conditions may benefit from other vision correction options. The experts at Magill will consult with you about the best approach for you.


PRK or photorefractive keratectomy, also known as Advanced Surface Ablation (ASA), is a vision correction option for people with thin corneas. The procedure is similar to LASIK and also uses the Wavelight refractive technology, but without creating a flap.

Refractive Surgery (Clear Lens Exchange)

A relatively new procedure to correct vision is now possible for those that might not be a candidate for LASIK, especially those over 40. Refractive surgery, or Clear Lens Exchange (CLE), can be the best option for those with presbyopia (inability to maintain a clear focus as objects are moved closer due to reduced elasticity of the lens with increasing age). It may also be used for those with nearsightedness or myopia (inability to see distant objects as clearly as near objects), farsightedness (problems seeing up close before the age of 40) and astigmatism.

The CLE procedure is identical to cataract surgery, except the lens being replaced is clear, rather than cloudy from a cataract. It can reduce or eliminate the need for glasses or contacts for people over the age of 40. The surgeon selects the best lens for your condition to give you the best quality vision results. Patients have a very fast recovery with excellent outcomes. Since the procedure is the same as cataract surgery, an additional benefit of CLE is the patient will never need cataract surgery, since the artificial lens will not become cloudy with age.

Implantable Contact Lens

Implantable Contact Lens, also called phakic IOL (intraocular lens) is an alternative for those with conditions that can’t be safely corrected with a LASIK procedure, such as moderate to extreme nearsightedness, thin corneas, a history of dry eye and large pupils. Candidates for this procedure are typically under 45 years old.

Unlike clear lens exchange or laser vision correction, nothing is removed from the eye.  A soft, flexible lens is placed inside the eye between the iris and the natural lens, instead of on the surface of the eye like a contact lens. Your surgeon can select the implantable lens that is best for you, such as the Visian ICL.

While the lens is considered permanent, it can be removed or replaced if necessary. Patients with implantable contact lenses are often amazed how much their life changes from reliance on very thick glasses to requiring no visual aid at all.

To find out what the best option for vision correction is for you, call 843-216-2020 to schedule an individual consultation with a skilled Magill Vision Center physician.


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