ment for Nov. 19, 2007, and began “How many of these surgeries
the process, which included a thor- have you performed?” I asked.
ough eye exam by her optometrist, “I don’t know,” he replied. “Probably
Dr. Mason Smith. She had to give about 10,000 or maybe 20,000.”
up her contact lenses forever and No doubt. Dr. Solomon was one
wear her old glasses for two weeks of the ﬁrst to bring the Excimer
prior to the surgery. laser to the Lowcountry well over a
The morning of the Lasik proce- decade ago.
dure, Sam was nervous but ready “Have you had a good day?”
to move forward. I picked her up Sam asked.
for the drive to the Magill Vision He laughed and said he was hav-
Center in Mount Pleasant. ing a great day.
“It’s a really pretty place,” she told Sam was ushered into the surgical
me. “It’s all wood and marble and suite, while her brother and I waited
very elegant.” outside. A short time later–perhaps
She was right. The oﬃce was 15 or 20 minutes–it was all over. A
grand but comfortable and profes- ﬁnal check and she was released and
sional. The front oﬃce staﬀ was told to go home for a nap.
courteous and eﬃcient in taking “I can already see better, even with
care of the last-minute details. all the drops in my eyes,” she told us.
The next morning, during her ﬁrst KERRY SOLOMON, MD
“I think I look different.” post-op exam, Dr. Solomon gave
her the good news. Her eyes looked
As Sam relaxed in a recliner–the great and her vision was now 20/15,
uring a career that has spanned
more than 20 years, Dr. Solomon
ﬁrst stop–Clarissa explained the vastly improved from 20/400.
has been ranked as one of the country’s
procedure and gave her a kit with
best ophthalmic surgeons and has been
eye drops, detailed instructions and
The Magill Vision Center oﬀers
the recipient of dozens of awards. He
a pair of very cool shades that must
a variety of corrective surgeries.
be worn following the operation.
was also listed among “America’s Best
Samantha’s procedure was custom
Then it was time to meet Dr.
Lasik, using the latest bladeless tech-
Doctors” for cataract and refractive
Kerry Solomon for a ﬁnal pre-op
nology. For more information about surgery in 2004 and 2005.
exam. Everything looked perfect, he
the Magill Vision Center, visit www.
Dr. Solomon is currently a professor
said, and asked if we had questions.
of ophthalmology as well as director of
cataract, refractive and cornea services
at the Storm Eye Institute. He is also
director of the Magill Research Center
and medical director of the Magill
Vision Center for Vision Correction.
According to Kerry Solomon’s bio
on the Medical University of South
Carolina Web site, “Practicing medicine
is about loving what you do, treating
every patient like family and knowing
that if you do your best, you can
change people’s lives for the better.”
He should know. He changes lives
— Barbara Patrick
No more glasses, contact lenses and messy solutions. Samantha Millen, a therapeutic assistant at
MUSC’s Institute of Psychiatry, couldn’t be happier with the results of her custom Lasik procedure.
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