Georgia’s FDA Approved Alternative to LASIK: Zeiss SMILE w/ Astigmatism

Farooq Ashraf MD, FACS, Pilots the Introduction Zeiss SMILE with Astigmatism

Atlanta Vision Institute announces Zeiss SMILE, a groundbreaking advancement in laser vision technology is now available in the state of Georgia for patients with astigmatism.

SMILE with AstigmatismDr. Farooq Ashraf, MD, Medical Director of Atlanta Vision Institute, advocates an undiscovered option in laser vision correction, the Zeiss SMILE® procedure for astigmatism. Now accessible in the United States and approved by the FDA, the Zeiss SMILE technique has been deemed an innovative choice for patients with astigmatism by Atlanta Vision Institute experts.

“We are pleased to announce the Zeiss SMILE procedure for astigmatism is available at Atlanta Vision Institute” declares Dr. Farooq Ashraf, MD. “The ability to introduce individuals with astigmatism to this option is an underrated breakthrough in our field and provides our patients with a distinguished laser vision alternative.”

As the first surgeon in the state of Georgia to perform the Zeiss SMILE procedure, Dr. Farooq Ashraf continuously evolves his practice according to technological advancements in refractive surgery. Having personally performed over 40,000 LASIK procedures, Ashraf is an industry leader and pioneer, enhancing the Georgia market for laser vision correction by positioning his team at the leading edge of innovation.

“Our team takes pride in our commitment to operating at the forefront of corrective vision technology,” states Ashraf. “Undervalued in the current market, the Zeiss SMILE technique is a profound development in our industry and especially beneficial for patients who require rapid recovery, are highly active, or prone to eye irritation.”

Accuracy, patient comfort, and recovery time are noticeable advantages the minimally-invasive procedure typically offers. Unlike LASIK, Zeiss SMILE is performed without lifting or folding back the corneal flap and involves a much smaller 4mm incision for lenticule removal. Eliminating the need of two lasers, Zeiss SMILE’s hyper-focused, the singular laser is both quick and efficient, allowing patients comfortability in addition to reduced recovery time.

“Benefits of Zeiss SMILE are primarily attributable to the minimized disruption of the outer layer of the cornea, and because the corneal flap is not lifted, healing time is significantly reduced,” explains Dr. Ashraf. “We’ve seen far fewer postoperative complications with Zeiss SMILE, including reduced incidents of dry eye and fewer problems resulting from flaps drifting out-of-alignment.”

The Zeiss SMILE procedure is gradually gaining recognition in refractive surgery media worldwide, as it combines advantages found in both 1st generation PRK surgery and the 2nd generation LASIK procedure. Globally, over the past decade, roughly 1.5 million Zeiss SMILE® procedures have been performed and over 1700 surgeons have implemented Zeiss SMILE technology into their practice. The targeted Zeiss SMILE with astigmatism procedure will be initially offered by only a select group of doctors in the United States.

For individuals with myopia (nearsightedness) interested in Zeiss SMILE for astigmatism, call Atlanta Vision Institute to schedule a free consultation (770) 622-2488 or visit Atlanta Vision Institute’s website at

About the Atlanta Vision Institute:
Dr. Ashraf is the founder of the Atlanta Vision Institute and is a board-certified ophthalmologist who specializes in corneal and refractive surgery, as well as other treatments for astigmatism, glaucoma, cataracts and other eye conditions. He obtained his advanced training in ocular surgery at Johns Hopkins University and has performed over 40,000 LASIK procedures. In addition to his Atlanta practice, Dr. Ashraf has also founded the Atlanta Vision Clinic in Dubai, UAE. For more information, visit

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