• About DSAEK

    The cornea is a remarkable structure that helps to focus light and protect the internal structures of the eye. The shape of the cornea is important to the focusing of light on the retina in the back of the eye. A properly shaped cornea and healthy lens will allow this light to focus clearly, providing crisp vision. It is also important that the cornea remain clear so the light can pass through to the retina without being interrupted. If the cornea gets hazy or cloudy, or if the shape of the cornea becomes irregular, vision can be impaired. Some causes of this include age, trauma or disease. When vision is impaired enough to affect a patient’s daily functioning, it may need to be totally or partially replaced by a corneal transplant procedure.

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  • Corneal Transplantation

    The cornea is a remarkable structure that helps to focus light and protect the internal structures of your eye. The shape of the cornea is important to the focusing of light on the retina in the back of the eye. A properly shaped cornea and healthy lens will allow this light to focus clearly, providing crisp vision. It is also important that the cornea remain clear so the light can pass through to the retina without being interrupted. If the cornea gets hazy or cloudy, or if the shape of the cornea becomes irregular, vision can be impaired. Some causes of this include age, trauma or disease. When vision is impaired enough to affect a patient’s daily functioning, it may need to be totally or partially replaced by a corneal transplant procedure.

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  • Patient Information

    Carolina Cataract & Laser Center surgeons David Vroman, MD and Millin Budev, MD currently perform all corneal transplant and DSAEK procedures at the Trident Eye Surgery Center in North Charleston. This state-of-the-art facility contains the latest technology and most sophisticated instruments needed for this highly advanced procedure. Located off of exit 205 at Interstate 26, Trident is only one exit away from Carolina Cataract & Laser Center, providing further convenience to patients.

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  • Surgeons

    David T Vroman, MD, is a fellowship trained cornea, cataract and refractive surgeon. He also serves as the statewide medical director for Lifepoint Eye Bank, ensuring the best quality possible for tissue preparation and patient safety. Dr. Vroman was the first surgeon to perform the DSAEK procedure in the state of South Carolina and continues to teach other surgeons on this highly refined technique, both in the surgical suite and through speaking engagements around the country.

    Millin C Budev, MD, is a Board Certified eye surgeon and managing partner of Carolina Cataract & Laser Center. He has a long history of treating patients with various eye health issues.

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