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John Kerrison, M.D. on helping people with eye disease.

Dr. Kerrison has an amazing philosophy of patient care, and speaks about his approach in this interview. John Kerrison, M.D. is a retina specialist, and neuro-ophthalmologist, and cares for patients from all over South Carolina. View his full profile HERE

This year, the South Carolina Hospital Association held two SC Mission 2013 events in South Carolina.

SC Mission 2013: Midlands, held August 2-3 in Columbia and SC Mission 2013: Lowcountry, held August 23-24 in Charleston County.

These events were open clinics that provided free health care services on a first-come, first-served basis to adults who are uninsured or underserved.

During both events, thousands of volunteers — including physicians, nurses, optometrists, pharmacy and lab specialists, medical and nursing students, and lay persons participated in providing care to uninsured and underserved South Carolinians.

Dr. Virgil Alfaro and Dr. John Kerrison, both from Retina Consultants of Charleston, along with their talented technical staff, provided ophthalmic screenings and care to over 350 patients during the events.

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Retina Consultants of Charleston Opens Clinic in Lake City

Residents of Lake City now have easy access to one of South Carolina’s leading retina specialists, as John Kerrison, M.D. of Retina Consultants of Charleston opens a clinic at 123 Epps Street.
This practice will offer a full range of ophthalmic services, providing state-of-the-art care in the management and treatment of vitreoretinal diseases including Macular Degeneration, Macular Hole, Diabetic Retinopathy, Epiretinal Membranes, Retinal Detachments, Uveitis, Complications of Cataract Surgery, Sickle Cell Disease and Ocular Trauma. Dr. Kerrison also specializes in neuro-ophthalmology.
“We are very excited to bring our practice to Lake City. Retina Consultants of Charleston participates in many clinical trials, and patients have the opportunity to receive cutting-edge treatments for numerous ocular diseases.”, said Dr. Kerrison.
A Charleston native, Dr. Kerrison graduated from Porter Gaud High School and was then a valedictorian graduate of The Citadel. He is the son of Dr. Horry Kerrison, a long-time respected member of the Charleston ophthalmic community. After graduating valedictorian from Emory University School of Medicine, he received his ophthalmic training at Johns Hopkins Hospital’s Wilmer Eye Institute. Upon completion of fellowship training at Emory and Wilmer, Dr. Kerrison then served in active duty in the United States Air Force, stationed at Andrews AFB and Lackland AFB.
Throughout his medical career, Dr. Kerrison has been a productive member of the academic community at Johns Hopkins, holding assistant professor appointments in the Ophthalmology, Neurology, and Neurosurgery departments. His National Institutes of Health sponsored research has been aimed at developing new therapies for retinal ganglion cell regeneration. Dr. Kerrison has authored more than 50 academic papers and edited three major ophthalmology textbooks, including Walsh and Hoyt’s Clinical Neuro-Ophthalmology 6th Edition, and Macular Surgery, 1st Edition (1999) & 2nd Edition (2011). He […]

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Phase 4 NO SHAM ARM Study – Clinical Trial

Retina Consultants of Charleston, Clinical Trials Division
Now Accepting Patients: Phase 4 Study, NO SHAM ARM.
Looking for Rigorous Evaluation of Vision and Safety after treatment with EYLEA.
Clinical Trial Inclusion Criteria:
1. Naive patients with unilateral wet AMD.
2. VA 20/40 to 20/320
3. Men or women 50 years of age or older.
Clinical Trial Exclusion Criteria:
1. Wet AMD in the fellow eye. If after enrollment the patient developes wet AMD in the fellow eye, EYLEA will be provided for free for that eye.

Participants will receive study-related care at no cost for the duration of the study.


Call our office for details, or visit us on the web to make a patient referral.

(843) 763-4466

Geographic Atrophy Clinical Trials

Now Accepting Patients for Geographic Atrophy Study!
Inclusion Criteria:
1. Patients with Geographic Atrophy in one or both eyes.
2. Visual Acuity 20/200 or better
3. Willing to participate in a clinical research program investigating a potential new therapy to treat geographic atrophy

Participants will receive study-related care and medication at no cost for the 18 month duration of the study

Call our office for details, or visit THIS PAGE to make a patient referral.

(843) 763-4466

Make Patient Referrals Online!

Did you know that your doctor can make a patient referral using our website?
A doctor’s office can be a busy place!  The office support staff can get particularly busy making referrals to other doctors, and accepting patient referrals from outside doctors.  A lot of their time can be wasted waiting on the phone or fax machine. Retina Consultants of Charleston helps make the referral process easier!  Referring physicians can easily send a patient’s information using THIS FORM.  It goes straight to our front desk staff, who will then call the patient to schedule the appointment, and confirm the referral with the doctor who sent it.

Just another way that Retina Consultants of Charleston is working to make your eye care as painless as possible!

Free ‘Fam Jam’ event this Saturday at Marion Square

Check out this Article From TheDigitel.com
Free ‘Fam Jam’ event this Saturday at Marion Square
The Children’s Museum of the Lowcountry is celebrating the power of play with free event at Marion Square and free admission to the Museum.

The Children’s Museum of the Lowcountry is hosting its first free Fam Jam Festival this Saturday, April 21, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Marion Square in partnership with the City of Charleston Farmer’s Market.

Marion Square becomes will be transformed into a giant playground to empower children and their families that being active is fun. Families have the opportunity to take part in a series of fun-filled, outdoor activities and fitness demonstrations, jump around in four jump castles and tower up a climbing wall.

Live music will fill Marion Square along with break dancers, student music group performances and appearances by Mayor Joseph P. Riley, Jr, News 2’s Carolyn Murray and Y102.5’s Brian Cleary. Those that attend Fam Jam will receive a special sticker to gain free admission to the Children’s Museum that day.

Fam Jam 2012 is presented by Lucey Mortgage Corporation, News 2 WCBD, Y102.5 and the Digitel Charleston and is sponsored by Retina Consultants of Charleston, Moe’s southwest grill, Anchor Sign, Anderson Insurance Associates, Other Brother Entertainment, Half Moon Outfitters, McAlister Development, Raising Cane’s, Rehabilitation Centers of Charleston, Retina Consultants of Charleston, Waldorf Family Fund, and Anne Marie, Jimmy & Catherine Hagood.

January is National Glaucoma Awareness Month

Glaucoma is called “the sneak thief of sight” since there are no symptoms and once vision is lost, it’s permanent. As much as 40% of vision can be lost without a person noticing.

Glaucoma is the leading cause of preventable blindness. Moreover, among African American and Latino populations, glaucoma is the leading cause of blindness, and it is more prevalent. Glaucoma is 6 to 8 times more common in African Americans than Caucasians.

Over 4 million Americans, and nearly 70 million people worldwide, have glaucoma. Experts estimate that half of them don’t know they have it. Combined with our aging population, we can see an epidemic of blindness looming if we don’t raise awareness about the importance of regular eye examinations to preserve vision.

In the United States, approximately 120,000 are blind from glaucoma, accounting for 9% to 12% of all cases of blindness.
What is Glaucoma?
Glaucoma is a group of eye diseases that gradually steal sight without warning. Although the most common forms primarily affect the middle-aged and the elderly, glaucoma can affect people of all ages.
Vision loss is caused by damage to the optic nerve. This nerve acts like an electric cable with over a million wires. It is responsible for carrying images from the eye to the brain.
There is no cure for glaucoma—yet. However, medication or surgery can slow or prevent further vision loss. The appropriate treatment depends upon the type of glaucoma among other factors. Early detection is vital to stopping the progress of the disease.
Types of Glaucoma
There are two main types of glaucoma: primary open-angle glaucoma (POAG), and angle-closure glaucoma. These are marked by an increase of intraocular pressure (IOP), or pressure inside the eye. When optic nerve damage has occurred despite a […]

National Diabetic Eye Disease Month

November is American Diabetes Month, and it is a time to raise awareness of diabetes prevention and control.  In conjunction with this National effort, November is also recognized as National Diabetic Eye Disease Month, and Retina Consultants of Charleston has been leading the fight against diabetic eye disease right here in the Lowcountry for over a decade.

There are many problems that people with diabetes face.  Diabetic eye disease is one of the more common complications, and all forms of diabetic eye disease may cause severe vision loss or blindness.

Diabetic eye disease may include:

Diabetic retinopathy—damage to the blood vessels in the retina.
Cataract—clouding of the eye’s lens. Cataracts develop at an earlier age in people with diabetes.
Glaucoma—increase in fluid pressure inside the eye that leads to optic nerve damage and loss of vision. A person with diabetes is nearly twice as likely to get glaucoma as other adults.

“For some patients, diabetic retinopathy is actually one of their first signs of having diabetes. The risk of developing a diabetic eye disease increases the longer a person has had diabetes, but some may develop retinal abnormalities within a year or two of the first appearance of the disease” says Dr. Virgil Alfaro, an Ophthalmologist and retina specialist with Retina Consultants of Charleston.

Because diabetic eye disease may be developing even when your sight is good, having regular dilated eye exams is very important for discovering issues early. Some patients may notice signs of vision changes. If you’re having trouble reading, if your vision is blurred, or if you’re seeing rings around lights, dark spots, or flashing lights, you may have eye problems. Be sure to tell our team about any eye problems you may have.

We proudly announce the publication of Macular Surgery, 2nd Edition!

Macular Surgery, Second Edition

is written for and by retina specialists. It details the surgical indications and surgical techniques in the management of macular diseases.  With the first edition published in 1999, this second book published in 2011 presents a highly illustrated treatise on surgical maneuvers and techniques.
This text serves as a comprehensive and contemporary analysis of macular diseases and their management.  An exhaustive review of the latest proven surgical techniques and therapies for treatment of macular disorders is provided, with emphasis on proven techniques from extended investigations of controlled clinical trials.

This book gives a good and advanced insight to macular diseases and surgery. It touches the sub-macular surgery techniques and macular translocation procedures quite nicely, and the summary of the ETDRS and MPS is also an excellent reference for retina fellows.  Want a copy for your practice?  Click Here!