Welcome to Coastal Eye Group, PC

Next to life itself nothing is more important than our ability to see the world.  Welcome to Coastal Eye Group, South Carolina's premier group of eye specialists.  Coastal Eye Group can make your vision care goals a reality. Our practice specializes in comprehensive ophthalmology and surgical eye procedures including LASIK, cataract surgery, lens implant procedures, glaucoma procedures, retinal laser and surgery, and general ophthalmology. Our Ophthalmologists and Optometrists diagnose and treat a wide range of medical and optical eye conditions, including glaucoma, macular degeneration, diabetic retinopathy, double vision issues, dry eye, and much more. 

We invite you to browse this website to get better acquainted with cataract surgery, advanced glaucoma management, as well as medical and surgical retinal care. For more information on a specific procedure, contact us today.

Coastal Eye Group Voted

WMBF BEST OF THE GRAND STRAND!

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COVID Masking Policy

As we gear back up to normal operations during the COVID-19 pandemic, we will be requiring ALL patients - and staff - to wear masks or some sort of cloth face covering while inside our clinic. No exceptions will be made without prior approval.

Little River named

"Best Eye Laser Eye Surgeon"

2019 and 2020 Winners: North Strand Readers Choice Awards

Congratulations once again to Jennifer Merritt, MD, Robert Prinzi, MD, Alex McGaughy, MD and all the excellent staff in our Little River office. They were voted winners in the "Best Laser Eye Surgeon" category of the North Strand Readers Choice Awards for 2020!

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COVID-19 Notice

Your health and the health of our community are of the utmost importance.  Please know that we are taking every precaution to keep our patients and staff healthy.

If you are NOT experiencing any of the following symptoms please know that it IS completely SAFE for you to keep your scheduled appointment with our office:

  • Have a fever
  • Are experiencing respiratory symptoms
  • Have reason to believe that you were directly exposed to the novel coronavirus

If you are experiencing any of these symptoms, please contact us and we will be happy to reschedule your appointment.

Healthy Living for Healthy Eyes

As you may already know, June is National Cataract Awareness Month. The importance of this month is to spread awareness and information about cataracts to ...
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Cataract Diagnosis and Treatment

A clear natural lens vs. a cloudy natural lens with a cataract. Our goal during Cataract Awareness Month (a.k.a. June) is to increase the public’s ...
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Cloudy Eyes

It’s June, which means it’s Cataract Awareness Month! Cataracts are one of the leading causes of blindness in the United States. If you have a ...
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May: the month of…

Along with being Mental Health Awareness month, did you know that May is also Healthy Vision Month? That means if you haven’t had a comprehensive ...
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Eyes are the Windows to Your General Health

Regular eye exams are important, a majority of people know that. Eye exams help them see better when it’s time for a prescription adjustment, as ...
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Wheelie Good Benefits

If you ride your bike twice a day, is that recycling? Now that we have your attention... Can you handle our bike jokes? Or do ...
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A day to celebrate!

Happy Saturday and even more importantly, happy National Adopt a Shelter Pet Day! Almost every pet owner will agree that owning a pet is one ...
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A story you want to hear on National Tell a Story Day

Today – Wednesday, April 27, 2022 – is National Tell a Story Day, and Jimmy Abegg’s story is definitely one worth sharing. You may hear ...
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February is AMD and Low Vision Awareness Month

February has been declared “AMD Awareness Month”. AMD stands for Acquired Macular Degeneration, which affects many as they age. While great strides have been made ...
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Reusing masks safely… a simple guide

Based on advice from Dr. Peter Tsai, the inventor of the major filtering component in the impossible-to-obtain N95 masks, the following is a guideline for ...
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Tidelands Health gets “overwhelming” support, as 2,000 volunteers offer to sew crucial medical masks

Tidelands nursing chief Pam Maxwell says the hospital has thousands of N95 masks, which are crucial to medical workers in the fight against COVID-19, but ...
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The big mistake in the U.S. and Europe … is that people aren’t wearing masks

"The big mistake in the U.S. and Europe, in my opinion, is that people aren’t wearing masks. This virus is transmitted by droplets and close ...
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Avoid online contact lens “switches”.

Most online contact lens suppliers just want to ship you the lenses your doctor actually prescribed, but Hubble wants to switch you to a lens ...
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Monovision concerns in visually critical situations…

Monovision is a wonderful way to avoid the need for glasses... but certainly caution needs to be taken in visually critical situations like driving. If ...
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‘SENSELESS, THOUGHTLESS’: Man pleads guilty to blinding stranger with BB gun

History has shown that children often don't understand the potential dangers of BB guns, #paintball weapons, and #Airsoft products, as well. ‘SENSELESS, THOUGHTLESS’: Man pleads ...
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Blue Light and Supplements Continue to be Hot Topics

Blocking blue light and arming the retinal with sufficient nutrients to combat the stresses inherent in our modern society continue to be publicly debated. So ...
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Can cataracts alter one’s color perception?

Can cataracts alter one's color perception? Absolutely. Many of our cataract surgery patients at Coastal Eye Group are surprised at how colors shift and become ...
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Blepharitis

Eyes feel gritty? Sandy? Burn? You may very well have Blepharitis, one of the common conditions we deal with every day at Coastal Eye Group. ...
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Macular Degeneration impairs vision in millions…

Macular Degeneration (AMD) continues to impair vision in millions of people as they age. While nutritional improvements, reducing or eliminating smoking, and supplementation can help ...
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Cataracts – What To Look For

Did you know that Bay Microsurgical Unit, Coastal Eye Group's ambulatory eye surgery center in Georgetown was the just the second such eye surgery center ...
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LRS – Lens Replacement Surgery

LRS? Lens Replacement Surgery is the removal of the natural lens in the eye and replacing it with a small artificial lens, also known as ...
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Protecting Your Children’s Eyes This Summer

This article from France hits all the high points. Yes, protecting your kids' eyes is a good idea. Research shows that a lifetime's exposure to ...
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Sleep Apnea Can Cause Serious Eye Problems?

Sleep apnea can cause eye problems? It can happen. The low oxygen levels caused by sleep apnea can lead to a host of significant issues ...
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Iowa doctors seeing more cases of rare painful, blinding eye disease among contact wearers

Poorly chlorinated swimming pools are a common source of Acanthomoeba. Wearing contacts in these risky pools are a bad combination. Private pool owners need to ...
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Hepatitis A Outbreak in SC

From SC Department of Health and Human Services (May 15, 2019): On Monday, the South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Control (DHEC) announced that ...
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Relying on Dr. Google to Diagnose Eye Problems may be Dangerous to Your Health

OCT 29, 2018 - Academy of Ophthalmology https://www.aao.org/newsroom/news-releases/detail/relying-on-dr-google-may-be-dangerous Study shows popular online symptom checker was incorrect 74 percent of the time, often assesses symptom severity ...
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Macular degeneration linked to aging immune cells

From the Washington University of St. Louis School of Medicine website: As people age, their immune systems age, too. And new research at Washington University ...
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Welcome to Dr. Jenna Benson

We're excited to have Dr. Jenna Benson join our practice. She'll be providing medical and surgical care for patients in both our Georgetown and Murrells ...
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"I can't believe I waited as long as I did..."

"I just recently had cataract surgery on both eyes. Dr. John Hazelton of the Coastal Eye Group performed the surgery and boy am I one happy camper. Closing in on my 83rd birthday, I can't believe I waited as long as I did. The difference in my vision is astonishing. The procedure was quick and painless and I knew I was in good hands as all the staffers I came in contact with had nothing but respect for the good doctor. In closing, I would very happily like to report that my golf handicap has gone from 19 to a 15 and trending lower."

Philip L. (Murrells Inlet, SC)

Our Medical Team

Twelve doctors providing general ophthalmology, optometry, and sub-specialty services, including cataract surgery, glaucoma surgery, retinal surgery, a wide range of laser and refractive procedures, as well as all aspects of medical eye care.

General Ophthalmology
General Ophthalmology
Medical & Surgical Glaucoma

Catherine Doegg, MD

General Ophthalmology
General Ophthalmology
General Ophthalmology
Medical & Surgical Glaucoma
Medical Retina
General Optometry
General Optometry

Brede Skillings, MD

General Ophthalmology
General Ophthalmology

Cataract Surgery

If a cataract grows large enough to impair your vision, and affect your daily activities, cataract removal may be recommended. Cataract removal is a common procedure, and is safely performed millions of times each year. During the procedure, the cataract surgeon removes the clouded lens that has affected your vision, and replaces it with a clear, artificial, intraocular lens. As a result, most patients can achieve a noticeable improvement in their vision.

At Coastal Eye Group, our experienced ophthalmologists are some of the top cataract surgeons in South Carolina with an unsurpassed success rate. To lean more about cataract surgery, view the video featured here.

Insurances Accepted

Coastal Eye Group, PC participates in dozens of the most popular insurance plans, including but not limited to:

Our Locations

Georgetown

1200 Highmarket St
Georgetown, SC 29440
Phone: 843-546-8421
Toll Free: 800-768-8421
Fax: 843-546-1173

Myrtle Beach

401 79th Ave N
Myrtle Beach, SC 29572
Phone: 843-449-7115
Toll Free: 800-682-0836
Fax: 843-497-2960

Murrells Inlet

4055 US Highway 17 Bypass South
Murrells Inlet, SC 29576
Phone: 843-652-3937
Toll Free: 888-357-3937
Fax: 843-652-3939

Little River

90 Cedar Light Ln
Little River, SC 29566
Phone: 843-280-8779
Toll Free: 877-628-2020
Fax: 843-280-6669

Lake City

123 Epps St,
Lake City, SC 29560
Phone: 843-374-5487
Fax: 843-374-7342