Dr. M Farooq Ashraf, MD, FACS has once again been voted Best Ophthalmologist in Atlanta by his peers, a distinct honor that reflects his passion and commitment to providing his patients with top quality eye care treatments and services. Whereas large, corporate laser vision correction centers are struggling to attract new patients, Dr. Ashraf and the team at The Atlanta Vision Institute are proud to be recognized once again as the premier option for vision correction in and around Atlanta. Schedule your free consultation today to learn why Dr. Ashraf’s patients and his peers hold him in such esteem.
LASIK treats a range of vision issues, including nearsightedness (myopia), farsightedness (hyperopia) and astigmatism. The procedure is ideal for anyone seeking clear vision without reliance on glasses or contacts. Most patients will achieve their desired target vision prescription with the LASIK procedure.
In addition to traditional LASIK, there is Wavefront LASIK that uses advanced technology to precisely measure your eye’s focusing ability and identify imperfections in the cornea. This allows the laser to be calibrated using a detailed digital blueprint, for ultra-precise reshaping of the cornea. For patients who do not fit the profile for traditional or Wavefront LASIK, such as persons with very thin corneas, PRK can be an appropriate option. This procedure involves removal of the surface layer of cells of the cornea, rather than the creation of a flap. The cells ultimately grow back, but for this reason recovery periods are longer for PRK than 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.
If you do qualify for LASIK, here’s what you can expect from the procedure:
You can read our LASIK FAQs to answer any questions you may have prior to scheduling your appointment.
For both LASIK and PRK, experienced Atlanta ophthalmologist Dr. Farooq Ashraf uses an advanced laser to reshape the cornea. In LASIK, the laser reshapes the middle layer of the cornea. Dr. Ashraf makes a microscopic incision in the cornea to create a flap. The flap is moved aside to allow access to the cornea, which is precisely reshaped by your surgeon to refocus the image that is projected on your retina. After this reshaping, the flap is moved back into position, allowing for efficient healing. This is an outpatient procedure that takes less than a half hour and uses local anesthetic, although additional sedation may be provided on request. You may notice a feeling of slight pressure on the eye, but most patients report no discomfort.
Your eyes begin healing immediately after your LASIK procedure, and you should begin seeing clearly within 8 hours. Over the next few months, your vision will adjust to the new cornea shape until you achieve maximum clarity. During the recovery period, some patients report slight fluctuations in vision, sensitivity to light, halos around lights, occasional blurring and difficulty with night driving. In addition, it is not uncommon to experience dry eyes for weeks or months. Make sure to keep your follow-up appointments with experienced Atlanta ophthalmologist Dr. Farooq Ashraf, as it allows him to measure the changes in your vision and check for any complications. Give your eyes room to heal efficiently by avoiding makeup, swimming, vigorous physical activity, contact sports and especially rubbing the eyes. Your doctor will also advise you when it is safe for you (and other motorists) to resume night driving.
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:
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.
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.
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.
Patients who were able to wear contacts prior to surgery should be able to wear them afterwards.
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.
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.