David T. Vroman, MD
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.
After graduating Magna cum laude with Honors at the University of Delaware, Dr. Vroman received his medical doctorate (MD) at the University of Maryland Medical School in Baltimore, Maryland. He completed his internship in the Department of Family Medicine and his residency in ophthalmology at the Medical University of South Carolina. His fellowship in refractive surgery and cornea and external diseases was completed at the Bascom Palmer Eye Institute, University of Miami in Miami, Florida.
Dr. Vroman’s clinical interests and responsibilities include refractive and cataract surgery, corneal transplantation and external diseases of the eye. He is a member of the American Academy of Ophthalmology, American Society of Cataract and Refractive Surgery, The Cornea Society, Charleston Society of Ophthalmology, Charleston County Medical Association and the South Carolina Medical Association. He earned the Achievement Award from the Academy of Ophthalmology in 2005 and has been voted to ‘Best Doctors in America’ every year since 2005. Dr. Vroman is consistently invited to give lectures throughout the country and has published dozens of journal articles and book chapters, and consistently receives Best Paper of Session at national meetings.
While he has received many academic awards, Dr. Vroman’s major focus is on providing excellent patient care. He enjoys building relationships with patients and derives personal and professional satisfaction from helping patients while obtaining the best clinical results possible. Dr. Vroman is certified by the American Board of Ophthalmology and licensed in the state of South Carolina.
Millin C. Budev, MD, FAAO
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.
Dr. Budev focuses his practice on surgical solutions to eye diseases such as cataract, refractive and glaucoma surgery as well as elective procedures such as eyelifts and Botox treatments for wrinkles.
He has a special interest in the development of intraocular lenses and has performed thousands of eye surgeries using this technology.
After graduating from University of Michigan with Honors, Dr. Budev received his medical degree from the Medical College of Ohio. There, Dr. Budev was selected as a member of Alpha Omega Alpha, the only Medical School Honor Society. He was named Medical Student of the Year in ophthalmology and was elected Student Body Vice President his senior year. Dr. Budev then completed his internship in the Department of General Surgery at the Medical University of South Carolina and went on to complete his residency in ophthalmology at MUSC. Dr. Budev has authored several clinical publications and is involved in developing future clinical trials research at Carolina Cataract & Laser Center.
Dr. Budev is certified by the American Board of Ophthalmology and specializes in cataract and refractive surgery and glaucoma management. Dr. Budev’s interests in providing options for patients desiring spectacle independence have positioned him as one of the leading premium lens surgeons in the area. Dr. Budev is currently affiliated with Trident Eye Surgery Center.
New technologies have made this an exciting time for corneal transplantation. Traditional corneal transplantation, known as Penetrating Keratoplasty (PK), is a highly refined procedure with positive overall outcomes. Traditional corneal transplantation techniques have evolved as well, allowing surgeons to provide even newer techniques, such as DSAEK, to patients with specific corneal needs.
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.
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.