For patients who want to reduce or eliminate their dependence on glasses and contacts, the iDESIGN® Refractive Studio is the next generation of personalized laser-assisted vision correction. Refractive surgery, also known as LASIK or PRK, is a laser procedure used to correct nearsightedness, farsightedness and astigmatism. In the procedure, a laser is used to reshape the cornea—the clear, round dome at the front of the eye—to improve the way the eye focuses light rays onto the retina at the back of the eye.
The iDESIGN® system takes over 1,200 measurements of the inside and outside of your eye and maps each data point to create an optical fingerprint unique to each patient’s eye. Using the personalized procedure plan, the laser corrects your vision to your exact needs in only a few minutes.
iDESIGN® technology is approved for patients with myopia, hyperopia, and mixed astigmatism, making laser vision correction available for some patients who were previously not candidates for refractive surgery. iDESIGN® technology is also approved for monovision, a procedure designed for patients over 40 years old who are experiencing blurry near vision due to aging of their eyes, where one eye is corrected for distance and the other for near vision.
More than 90% of people who have refractive surgery perform most of their everyday tasks without glasses or contact lenses. Your doctor will consider your vision needs for work and leisure activities to determine if refractive surgery is right for you.
Some patients may need a second enhancement surgery or might need to wear glasses for certain activities, such as reading or driving at night. Refractive surgery cannot correct presbyopia, the age-related loss of closeup focusing power, so you may still need reading glasses after the procedure.
Contact us at (803) 779-3070 to schedule an exam at any of our three convenient clinic locations to determine if you are a candidate for refractive surgery.
The 13 physicians and more than 100 staff of Columbia Eye Clinic welcome Sarah Lee, M.D. to the practice. Dr. Lee specializes in ophthalmic and cataract surgery and comprehensive ophthalmology including:
- presbyopia and astigmatism correcting cataract surgery,
- management of dry eye,
- medical and laser management of glaucoma,
- medical management of diabetic eye disease, and
- medical management of macular degeneration.
Dr. Lee was Chief Resident at Prisma Health, University of South Carolina, Columbia, SC. She earned her M.D. from George Washington University, Washington, DC and completed her Internship at Medstar Georgetown University Hospital, Washington, DC. She holds a a M.S. degree from Fordham University, New York, NY and a B.S. degree from Cornell University, Ithaca, NY. She is a member of the American Academy of Ophthalmology, American Medical Association, and American Society of Cataract & Refractive Surgery.
Dr. Lee’s interests include traveling, food, yoga, and Zumba. She speaks Korean and Spanish.
She sees patients at Columbia Eye Clinic’s three conveniently located offices in downtown Columbia, Northeast Columbia and Lexington. Call (803) 779-3070 to schedule an appointment with Dr. Lee.
All Columbia Eye Clinic locations will be closed on Saturday, June 1, 2019 and will reopen for normal office hours on Monday, June 3, 2019.