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How to Qualify for LASIK

You’ll know if you qualify for LASIK eye surgery after a complimentary consultation performed by our LASIK surgeon, Dr. Farooq Ashraf. During the consultation, he will ask you a series of questions and perform the eye tests necessary to determine whether or not you’re a candidate for LASIK. You’re welcome to take our quick online Vision Test that will be a good indicator of whether or not you should schedule a consultation for LASIK.

What To Expect from the LASIK Procedure

If you do qualify for LASIK, here’s what you can expect from the procedure:

  • Plan to arrive at our Johns Creek office location where the surgery will be performed (you should have a relative or someone you know and trust drive you to your LASIK surgery and back to your home when it’s over).
  • Before the LASIK surgery, our staff and surgeon will explain everything in detail so you feel confident about what to expect before, during and after the surgery. You can also expect our staff to numb your eyes with eye drops just prior to the surgery. You will be AWAKE for the surgery.
  • For most patients, the entire process of LASIK takes 10 minutes; the actual laser treatment time takes just 15 to 90 seconds, depending on the degree of correction required. Total time at the center on the day of the procedure will be about an hour.

You can read our LASIK FAQs to answer any questions you may have prior to scheduling your appointment.

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Why Choose Dr. Ashraf for LASIK?

2018 Top Doctor Awardee Farooq Ashraf, MD, FACS in Atlanta
With three convenient, easy-to-get-to locations in Atlanta, Johns Creek, and Dunwoody, Atlanta Vision Institute makes getting clear vision simple. Each location offers professional, friendly staff that will go above and beyond in every step of the procedure’s process to ensure that every patient is confident they are getting the best care possible.
Dr. Ashraf and the entire staff at Atlanta Vision Institute are committed to helping each and every patient with his/her eye needs. From consultation to your post-op checkup, we’ll be here for you throughout the entire process. Here are just some of the reasons why people opt for having their LASIK eye surgery performed at Atlanta Vision Institute:

  • Our open and consistent communication with our patients, which includes taking all the time they need to address and answer all questions and concerns
  • Our LASIK surgeon’s experience, qualifications, professionalism, and personable and caring bedside manner
  • Our pleasant, warm and welcoming staff that delivers a personal touch to every patient’s experience
  • The latest and most advanced technology that we’ve invested in so each patient can have the best for their eyes

We’ll go above and beyond for you! Just read our patient reviews and watch our video testimonials to learn more.

LASIK FAQs

Why has LASIK Become the Procedure of Choice for so Many Patients and Surgeons?

Because the healing occurs in the interior of the cornea, no regrowth of surface cells is necessary. The corneal flap protects the treated area and there is usually little, if any, post-op discomfort. Visual rehabilitation is much quicker than other refractive surgical procedures, and regulation of the healing process with long term post-op drops is unnecessary since the center of the cornea tends to have much less of a healing reaction than the surface.

If I Have LASIK, What Kind of Vision can be Expected the Following Day?

Most patients experience a large improvement in their vision the first day after LASIK, usually 20/40 or better. Results depend to a large extent on the patient’s preoperative prescription. In general, patients can expect to regain approximately 90 to 95 percent of their vision in the first two to three days after LASIK. The remainder of their vision will improve gradually over several weeks. Patients with significant astigmatism or who are very nearsighted or farsighted may experience slower sight recovery and stabilization.

How Do LASIK and PRK Work?

In both procedures, a specially-trained ophthalmologist uses the computer-guided excimer laser to gently remove a thin layer of tissue from the cornea to achieve a desired correction. Prior to the procedures, drops are placed in the eye to numb it (similar to what an eye doctor uses to check eye pressure for a glaucoma test) and an instrument called a speculum is placed in the eye to prevent the patient from blinking. In PRK, the surgeon first removes the surface cells of the cornea using the laser before sculpting the underlying tissue, and then surface cells regenerate over the next 48 to 72 hours under a bandage contact lens. No needles are used, and the patient does not normally experiences any pain. In LASIK, a femtosecond laser is used to separate a thin layer of the corneal tissue, which is left attached on a hinge. The excimer laser is then used to sculpt tissue from the corneal bed and the flap is floated back into place, reattaching without the need for sutures.

Can I Wear Contact Lenses after Laser Surgery?

Patients who were able to wear contacts prior to surgery should be able to wear them afterwards.

What are the Side Effects of this Surgery?

The vast majority of patients have no serious side effects. The most common complaint after laser vision correction is dry eyes. Patients at particular risk are those who have dry eyes prior to vision correction. Dr. Ashraf will perform a complete eye exam prior to laser surgery and if called for, he may initiate dry eye treatments prior to the procedure for some patients. The majority of dry eye cases usually resolve within a few weeks following surgery. Another complaint after surgery is the “halo” effect and some glare at night around lights. However, these problems are no worse than what most contact lens and eyeglass wearers often experience and the majority of patients function without any visual impairment at night. Using the Wavelight Allegretto laser, we can expand the treatment areas, thereby reducing the risk of side effects in patients with larger pupils.

Is There a Limit to the Degree of Nearsightedness LVC Can Correct?

The corneal thickness measurement is a very important test and can be the major limitation for LASIK. This measurement is a standard test at the Atlanta Vision Institute. In these situations, PRK is an alternative to LASIK.

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