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This has been a difficult time for the Lowcountry, but we are so thankful and inspired for the incredible generosity of our local community!

A HUGE thank you to two anonymous donors who will pay monthly health insurance premiums through June for approximately 900 MUSC Health care team members who were temporarily laid off! Details ➡️

MUSC team releases plans for 3D printed masks

We are so proud to be part of an organization that is so innovative and truly changing what is possible! Well done 👏👏👏 A team at the Medical University of South Carolina came up with an idea for anyone with a 3D printer to make a protective mask.

Coronavirus Information

Storm Eye Institute Coronavirus Update: As this situation continues to evolve, we are currently only seeing urgent and emergent patients. Return patients with questions or immediate needs can still call 843-792-2020.

Both our Goose Creek and West Ashley locations are closed until further notice.

For MUSC enterprise-wide updates, please visit the link below! Stay safe and stay home if you can! #FlattentheCurveSC MUSC Health is closely monitoring the outbreak of the coronavirus (COVID-19). The safety of our patients & care team is our number one priority.

Happy National Doctor's Day to our incredible doctors and caregivers at Storm Eye, MUSC, and across the world! Now more than ever we are so grateful for such brave and talented doctors! #NationalDoctorsDay

We would love for you to say a word of thanks below and you can also make a tribute gift to say thanks to a doctor you feel went above and beyond with your care at

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Here is the latest from MUSC on the Coronavirus:

MUSC Health has implemented visitor restrictions due to the Coronavirus (COVID -19) outbreak. Visitors will be screened for entry into the facility. We discourage all children under the age of 12 from visiting.

Experiencing symptoms of Coronavirus? FREE virtual visit with code COVID19 at MUSC.CARE

Foursomes are going fast for our Annual Swing Fore Sight Golf Tournament at Cassique on Kiawah Island! Come play a round of golf for a good cause.

Charleston experts offer straightforward solution to lower risk of child nearsightedness

One of our fantastic faculty, Dr. Mae Millicent Winfrey Peterseim, was recently interviewed by the Post and Courier to chat about pediatric eye health - check out the article below! Since the 1970s, rates of childhood nearsightedness have steadily been on the rise. Some local experts view it as a epidemic.

SEI Swing Fore Sight 2020

Save the Date: Swing Fore Sight 2020 Golf Tournament on Tuesday, June 9th at Cassique on Kiawah Island! Contact Nina Mosher at [email protected] for sponsorship opportunities

Make a life-changing impact this #GivingTuesday with a gift to MUSC Storm Eye Institute! Donate now at and choose Storm Eye Institute in the drop down menu. Every dollar helps prevent blindness, advance research, and support residency programs at MUSC Storm Eye Institute. #MUSCTuesday #changingwhatspossible

Happy Thanksgiving from all of us at Storm Eye Institute! We are truly thankful for each and every one of you. Stay safe this weekend and have a wonderful holiday!

36 Fabulous Foods for Your Eyes

Did you know that your diet can have an effect on your eye health? Read the article below for 36 types of food that can boost your eye health! Eating a diet low in fat and rich in fruits, vegetables and whole grains can benefit not only your heart but your eyes. Here are 36 fabulous foods.

How To Use Cosmetics Safely Around Your Eyes

For all of you who plan on using makeup as part of your Halloween costume - here are some preventative care measures to help prevent any eye injuries! Makeup and cosmetic treatments can be safely used around the eyes if you follow a few basic safety tips. If you have any questions about your cosmetic routine or whether having any particular eye cond

Summer UV Eye Safety

Summer isn't over yet! For those of you still enjoying time in the sun, here are some tips for summer UV eye safety: The sun's ultraviolet (UV) light can harm the eyes. Sunglasses, a broad-brimmed hat and sun screen are your best protection for outdoor activities.

CANCELLED: The Storm Eye Institute Fall Meeting and Alumni Dinner. We apologize for any inconvenience- stay safe Charleston!

Here is the latest update on hospital operations as we prepare for hurricane Dorian - we will do our best to update you as conditions change!

All MUSC Health and after hours clinics and retail pharmacies (Rutledge Tower, University Hospital and Ashley River Tower) are open today, Tuesday, Sept. 3 with normal hours.

MUSC Health clinics and ambulatory ORs will be closed Wednesday, Sept. 4. A determination about Thursday and Friday clinic schedules, ambulatory procedures and possible weekend clinics will be made as we continue to monitor the storm’s path.

MUSC Health pharmacy hours for the remainder of the week will be determined later today and with any community pharmacy closings in mind.

MUSC Health is offering virtual care (online visits) at no charge to all South Carolina residents, as we prepare for Hurricane Dorian, as well as during and after the storm. Using the promo code MUSCDORIAN will waive the regular $25 fee for the visit.

Eye Screening for Children

It's almost time to go back to school - consider bringing your children in for eye screenings to ensure they are able to do their best!

Here is an article by the American Academy of Ophthalmology about the importance of eye screenings in young children: It is essential to check children’s vision when they are first born and again during infancy, preschool and school years. Screening can be performed by a pediatrician, family physician or other proper

Congratulations to our graduating residents and fellows! We are so very proud of all they have accomplished and know they will go on to do great things. Thank you for making our Ophthalmology Resident program one of the top in the nation!

Fireworks Eye Safety

Wishing you a Happy Fourth of July from the team at Storm Eye Institute!

Remember to stay safe this holiday weekend - Here are some tips for firework eye safety! The numbers are clear: fireworks are dangerous, and the month around July 4th is the most dangerous time. The most recent Consumer Product Safety Commission report found that 14% of fireworks injuries

Should You Use Night Mode to Reduce Blue Light?

Like to spend time scrolling on your phone before bed? Here are some tips from American Academy of Ophthalmology about the best settings for your eyes when reading your phone and tablet screens in the dark! Because blue light has been proven to affect the body’s circadian rhythm, our natural wake and sleep cycle, limiting screen time to one to two hours before bed and using night mode on electronic devic

Come check out the new MUSC Health Vision Center in downtown Charleston - we have tons of great designer frames and now accept EyeMed!

Open Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. - 5 p.m.

Storm Eye Institute residents taking advantage of the beautiful new Belinda C. Barker Training Suite!

Save the Date for the Storm Eye Institute Fall Meeting & Alumni Reunion beginning September 6th, 2019!

Physician Spotlight: Emil Say, M.D.

Learn about the pediatric diseases and eye conditions our Emil Say, M.D. focuses on at Storm Eye Institute, and why he feels great support from MUSC for his patients.

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“Heroes are the ones who always manage to get it done, regardless of the hurdles they face.” MUSC Health CEO Dr. Patrick Cawley said as he spoke at the Charleston Regional Business Journal "Health Care Heroes" event earlier this month.

The best of the best, he called them. Join us in congratulating MUSC's 2018 Heroes!!

Jessica Bullington (Health Care Professional)
Laura Barlow (Nurse)
Joshua Lipschutz (Physician)
Sandy Bennett (Volunteer)
Reba (Therapy Animal)

Congratulations and thank you for your amazing work!

Let our team of expert physicians help you achieve your best vision with cataract surgery that uses today’s most advanced technology and state-of-the-art lens implants. With our help, you can reduce or even eliminate your dependence on glasses!

Physician Spotlight: Dr. Edward Wilson

Storm Eye Institute's Dr. Edward Wilson has a special philosophy for his pediatric patients and their parents: to communicate well and make sure parents are partners in the treatment plan.

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Storm Eye Institute is honored to have been named in the top 12 of the Ophthalmology Times' annual Best Programs Survey!

It's about time again for our Charleston Slam Bridge Tournament! All levels of bridge players are welcome – we offer a sanctioned duplicate room and a party bridge room.

All proceeds from the tournament go towards a fellowship in pediatric Ophthalmology!

Register at OR call (843) 792-3040

We hope you have a safe and happy New Year's! Don’t forget to point your champagne bottles at the ceiling and away from any nearby eyeballs! #MUSC #StormEye #HappyNewYear

Physician Spotlight: George N. Magrath, M.D.

"Treat every patient like they're the only patient."

Learn more about Dr. Magrath's patient philosophy and his special area of interest, which includes being the only person in the state of South Carolina who treats cancer in and around the eyes.

Did you know that #vision screenings should start well before school age to catch any potential problems?

Storm Eye's Dr. Peterseim spoke with #MUSC Catalyst News to provide insight into how and why to get your kids eye exams early in life:

Top Tips for Choosing Safe Toys this Holiday

As you finish up your Christmas shopping, don't forget to think about whether the toy you are buying for the favorite child in your life is safe!

The American Academy of Ophthalmology has some tips to follow to make sure you are choosing safe toys this holiday season: No one chooses gifts with the intent to harm, but some popular children’s toys can cause serious injuries. According to the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission, nearly 252,000 toy-related injuries

Giving Tuesday - Making Miracles Happen

Together, we can make miracles happen. Miracles for children like Gus, who was born blind in one eye but can now see out of both eyes. Watch Gus’ journey through his mother’s eyes.

Your support allows us to continue helping kids like Gus! If you'd like to donate to the Storm Eye Institute for #GivingTuesday, visit

Did you know that MUSC Health gets less than 5% of its funding from the state? Your generosity helps us provide the best facilities, scientists, and technologies to our students and the best care and medical innovation to our patients.

Please consider supporting MUSC on Giving Tuesday! Together we can change what’s possible.

#givingtuesday #musc #changewhatspossible

Pediatric Vison Screening

Bobbi Conner recently sat down with Storm Eye Institute's Dr. Edward Wilson about #visionscreening for #infants starting at twelve months and throughout #childhood. Listen to the full interview to learn more. This week Bobbi Conner talks with Dr. Edward Wilson about vision screening for infants starting at twelve months and throughout childhood. Dr. Wilson is

What are you thankful for this year? The team at Storm Eye Institute is thankful for our patients, our community and our families! We hope you all have a Happy Thanksgiving!

We are so happy for Gildardo and his improved eye sight, and grateful to our Dr. Cheeseman for providing his expertise along with the other organizations who donated their time and money! Our patients are what drive us each day and to be able to help them gives us great joy.

Student update! Remember the story we ran about Gildardo Lopez- Grenados?, a student at Port Royal Elementary School? Gildardo suffered from an eye condition known as Estropia, which made it difficult for him to be successful in the classroom and negatively affected his ability to catch a ball or ride a bike. PRES school nurse Debra Hughes contacted Dr. Edward Cheeseman at MUSC in Charleston who performed corrective surgery on Gildardo’s eyes free of charge. St. Mark's Episcopal Church, Port Royal and Pluff Mudd Coffee Co, together with other small businesses and community members, raised the remaining funds to cover the additional costs associate with the surgery. The students at Port Royal Elementary also held a fundraiser selling Krispy Kreme Doughnuts. The combined efforts raised $12,000 for Gildardo’s successful surgery. He is now in the fourth grade and doing very well! Thanks to PRES principal Chavon Browne, Port Royal Lions Club, SK Signs & Designs, MUSC Health, and Dr. Edward Cheeseman. Their willingness and compassion has corrected Gildardo’s eye sight and he is forever grateful.

Obesity killed 3 in his family, but SC man who shed 100 pounds is breaking the mold

Our resilient patient Juan Aguayo is focusing on his health and striving to improve his life despite having limited eyesight | via The Post and Courier Juan Aguayo and his family's problems illustrate some of South Carolina's most persistent health disparities. In this state, it is undeniable that the toughest health problems — primarily obesity and

We are so proud to be part of MUSC Health, voted Best Hospital of 2018 for Charleston's Choice Awards!

Thank you to our amazing patients and the Charleston community for voting us the “Best Hospital” in The Post and Courier's 2018 Charleston’s Choice awards!

Award Lectures - ISER 2018 - Biennial Meeting of the International Society for Eye Research

Please help us congratulate our esteemed colleague Dr. Bärbel (Barb) Rohrer on beng awarded the Ernst H. Bárány prize!
This award is presented to a distinguished scientist who has made outstanding contributions in research that increases our understanding of ocular pharmacology.

We are so proud to have Dr. Rohrer as part of our Storm Eye Team! Krzysztof Palczewski laboratory made a historic contribution by solving the crystal structure of rhodopsin, which has been cited over 6,000 times. His laboratory employs classical biochemical methods, crystallography, cryo-electron microscopy, cellular cryo-electron tomography, and two-photon micros...

Children's Eye Health & Safety Tips

It's always a good time to evaluate your child's eye health. Storm Eye Institute's Dr. Ed Wilson shares some of his top tips for parents to help keep their kids' eyes safe and healthy.

Looking for more in-depth information? Check out the MUSC Health blog:

Are you Storm Eye Institute Alumni attending our Academy meeting in Chicago later this month? We cordially invite you to our Alumni Reception on October 28th hosted by Dr. Hawke Yoon - we hope to see you there!

MUSC - Details - UNIV - Marketing and Development Coordinator - Ophthalmology

The Medical University of South Carolina College of Medicine is looking to hire a Marketing and Development Coordinator in the Ophthalmology Department.

To learn more and apply, visit our job listing: Page Description

Our Story

At the MUSC Health Storm Eye Institute, you have access to dedicated experts in every aspect of eye health. You won’t find another eye care team in South Carolina with specialists in eye cancer, glaucoma and corneal disease under one roof. Our program draws people from across South Carolina and surrounding areas. The complex structures in your eyes require specialized care, which you’ll find at MUSC Health. We offer deep expertise in treating both common and complex eye problems.

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Videos (show all)

Physician Spotlight: Dr. Edward Wilson
Physician Spotlight: Emil Say, M.D.
Physician Spotlight: George N. Magrath, M.D.
Giving Tuesday - Making Miracles Happen
Children's Eye Health & Safety Tips
Physician Spotlight: Jeffrey Blice, M.D.
Physician Spotlight: Andrew Steven Eiseman, M.D.
Physician Spotlight : Karolline Maia Rocha, M.D., Ph.D.
Physician Spotlight : James Hill, O.D., Director of Primary Care & Low Vision Services


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