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Kerry D. Solomon, M.D.

Cataract, LASIK, and Advanced Vision Correction
Director, Carolina Eye Research Institute
Adjunct Clinical Professor of Ophthalmology


Kerry D. Solomon, MD, is a cataract, LASIK and advanced vision correction specialist at Carolina Eyecare Physicians, which he joined in 2009. He is also the director of the Carolina Eyecare Research Institute; Clinical Professor of Ophthalmology at the Medical University of South Carolina (MUSC) and is the former President of the American Society of Cataract and Refractive Surgeons (ASCRS). 

Dr. Solomon completed his fellowship in cataract and refractive surgery and corneal transplantation at Johns Hopkins Hospital in Baltimore, Maryland. Prior to his fellowship, he completed his residency in ophthalmology at the University of Kentucky Medical Center in Lexington, Kentucky and an internship in medicine at Yale University in New Haven, Connecticut. In addition, Dr. Solomon completed a fellowship in ophthalmic pathology at the University of Utah Health Sciences Center in Salt Lake City, Utah.  He received both his doctorate in medicine and bachelor degree from the University of Vermont in Burlington, Vermont.

Over his 24 years of practicing medicine, Dr. Solomon has achieved status among the country’s best ophthalmic surgeons.  He was one of the first in the country to perform laser-assisted cataract surgery, implant multifocal and astigmatic correcting lenses, and to perform topography-guided LASIK. He has received dozens of awards, including the Lee Nordan Refractive Surgeon of the Year Award, an award given to the surgeon who has had the greatest impact in the field, by Cataract and Refractive Surgery Today.  He has been ranked in the top 1% of ophthalmic surgeons nationwide in US News and World report. He has been ranked as one of ‘America’s Best Doctors’ annually for cataract and refractive surgery since 2003. He has also been voted in the Top Fifty Opinion Leaders in Ophthalmology in the world by his peers since the inception of this award in 2005. He routinely speaks at both national and international meetings and hospitals and to date has presented more than 600 lectures and live surgical demonstrations worldwide.

 Finally, Dr. Solomon’s work has been recognized by multiple popular magazines and newspapers including the New York Times, Wall Street Journal, USA Today, Money, The Los Angeles Times, Chicago Tribune, Washington Post, The Saturday Evening Post, Redbook and Reader’s Digest. He has also been featured on The Today Show, ABC World News Tonight and in television specials such as PBS’s “Cataract Surgery” as part of the ‘Healthy Body, Healthy Mind’ series, which aired across the United States and in over 140 countries.


Locations Served: Mount Pleasant I, West Ashley I

“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.”

  • Tell us about your experience in academia:
    Dr. Solomon was Professor of ophthalmology at the Medical University of South Carolina   where he practiced for 17 years.  He held several key positions at MUSC, including Director of cataract, refractive and cornea services at Storm Eye Institute, Medical Director of the Magill Vision Center, and Director of the Magill Research Center.  Additionally,  he was the initial recipient of  the Arturo and Holly Melosi chair which he held from 2007 until he left MUSC to became a partner at Carolina Eyecare Physicians in 2009.
  • Educational contributions:
    In addition to speaking globally, he has written over 170 publications including book chapters, book reviews, monographs and magazine articles, and produced more than 30 surgical videos. He has received awards for many of his videos which are used as teaching tools throughout the world.

Board certified in Ophthalmology.

  • Bladeless LASIK
  • Cataract Surgery
  • Premium lens implants
  • Glaucoma treatment
  • Macular degeneration treatment
  • Diabetic retinopathy treatment
  • High school: Choate/Rosemary Hall
  • Medical school: University of Vermont College of Medicine
  • Internship: Yale University, St. Raphael’s Hospital
  • Residency training in Ophthalmology: University of Kentucky Medical Center
  • Fellowship training: Ophthalmic Pathology, University of Utah Health Sciences Center
  • Fellowship training: Cataract and refractive surgery and corneal transplantation: Johns Hopkins Hospital

In addition to his local clinical practice and administrative duties, Dr. Solomon is active in multiple ophthalmic organizations.  He is certified by the American Board of Ophthalmology and is a member of the National Board of Physicians and Surgeons.  He holds memberships in a number of professional and scientific societies and is actively involved on a national and international basis with many of these societies. He is a fellow with the American Academy of Ophthalmology where he has served on several committees.  In May he will be inducted as the 2016 president of the American Society of Cataract and Refractive Surgery (ASCRS). ASCRS is an international society of more than 9,000 members whose primary focus is to support and promote advancements in ophthalmic surgery and to deliver high quality eye care. Additionally, Dr. Solomon serves on the executive board for the American and European Society for Ophthalmic Surgery (ACEOS), is an active member of the Society for Excellence in Eyecare (SEE), and is involved with the South Carolina Medical Association, Charleston Ophthalmological Society, South Carolina Society of Ophthalmology and the Charleston County Medical Society.

  • Adjunct Professor of Ophthalmology, MUSC
  • Medical Director, Carolina Eyecare Research Institute
  • President, American Society of Cataract and Refractive Surgery (2016)
  • Executive Committee Member, American Society of Cataract and Refractive Surgery (2012 – 2018)
  • Executive Board Member, American/European Congress of Ophthalmic Surgery
  • Chairman of ASCRS FDA Committee (2003 – 2010)
  • Secretary, American Society of Cataract and Refractive Surgery (2013)

“I highly recommend Dr. Solomon and his staff at Carolina Eye Care. The entire process was smooth and painless. I’m so thankful I finally decided to do it and found him. If you’ve put off Lasik for years like I did, do it. You will love it and have no regrets, but use Dr. Solomon!” – Kim F.

“I had an incredible experience with Dr. Solomon and his team. From the first meeting, I felt like I was in good hands. They really helped me set aside any anxieties about the procedure (I was definitely concerned because of the rumors that go around about it). But they answered all of my questions, walked me through the procedure, and helped me understand that my main focus was to do what I needed to heal. I was able to see very clearly immediately and I couldn’t believe how quickly it happened. 1 week later and I can’t believe I didn’t do this sooner. I recommend Dr. Solomon to anyone considering LASIK or vision correction surgery!” – Chris B.

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