At Atlanta Vision Institute, we pride ourselves on our ability to not only be leaders in eye care procedures, but to also take exceptional care of our patients. We focus on helping people in the Atlanta area see the future a little more clearly by specializing in multiple vision correction procedures.
Known for outstanding patient care, Dr. Ashraf and his team are dedicated to ensuring every patient has access to personalized care and treatment from the moment they walk in the door. We take great strides towards educating our patients about the procedures offered, and we always discuss the options available to them so they can make an informed choice about their future.
Dr. Farooq Ashraf is a leading surgeon in the LASIK field, having performed over 50,000 successful LASIK procedures and thousands of cataract surgeries. Dr. Ashraf leads the team of qualified eye care professionals to bring the best eye care to your family. All our doctors have the extensive credentials and accomplishments needed to represent their commitment to serving the greater Atlanta community.
Atlanta Vision Institute offers a range of eye care procedures, from LASIK and SMILE surgery to cataract surgery and a variety of advanced treatments for dry eye syndrome. Our commitment to superior eye care shows through with our staff of extensively trained doctors and surgeons, because we believe that our patients should have access to the latest and best treatment on the market.
We are proud to be the first eye care facility in Georgia to offer some of the most advanced refractive vision procedures. We focus on making every patient comfortable and ensuring that each and every patient leaves our facility with peace of mind knowing their total eye health is firmly in the hands of experienced professionals.
The team at Atlanta Vision Institute is extremely qualified to perform high-quality diagnosis and corrective procedures. Our doctors ensure the best quality eye care through consistent and open communication with patients to make certain that all questions are answered and all concerns addressed.
We also offer the latest and most advanced technology on the market, from imaging capabilities to the surgical tools we use in LASIK and other procedures.
Atlanta Vision Institute offers multiple top-of-the-line procedures, including SMILE, PRK, and cataract surgery. SMILE is a procedure recently approved by the FDA that can correct vision without creating a flap on the eye, offering quick results as well as a painless, easy recovery.
Before your procedure, experienced Dunwoody ophthalmologist Dr. Farooq Ashraf will take detailed measurements of your eyes to ensure your new corneal implant will be a perfect fit. This will include custom corneal mapping (also known as corneal topography) and macular OCT imaging. It is standard for a surgeon to operate on one eye at a time. Based on your recovery progress, the second surgery (if needed) may be scheduled within four weeks.
Local anesthetic delivered via eye drops is the most commonly used analgesic, but additional sedation may be provided upon patient request. Most patients report a momentary feeling of pressure as the laser briefly touches the eye, but no real pain or discomfort. A device will be put in place to prevent blinking, allowing your surgeon unobstructed access to the eye. During the surgery Dr. Ashraf makes a small incision in the cornea through which the clouded lens is broken up using a needle-thin ultrasound probe; the resulting debris is then suctioned out and the clear, resilient implant is inserted. In some cases the incision will be closed with self-sealing sutures.
Eye drops are the first line of defense against dry eyes. Applied two to four times a day, they can treat acute conditions. Some underlying causes require more permanent solutions, however. Advanced treatments include eye drops with corticosteroids, which fight inflammation of the cornea. Antibiotics may be appropriate if tear-producing glands are compromised by infection or inflammation. Pilocarpine and related medications are sometimes used to stimulate tear flow. Dissolvable eye inserts that are strategically placed by pulling out the lower eyelid work in much the same way as eyedrops, but last longer.
If these less-invasive approaches do not work, your doctor may try inserting silicone plugs into the tear ducts to keep tears from draining away. There is also a surgical procedure that involves closing the tear ducts permanently.
Sometimes the cause of dry eyes is environmental or dietary. Some medications may cause or aggravate the condition; in such cases, an alternate prescription can be tried. At home, a dry eye sufferer should remove sources of airborne irritants. Outdoors, avoid dry, windy weather and wear sunglasses to protect your eyes from the drying power of the sun. At home or the office, avoid excessive staring at computer screens. If that is unavoidable, try wearing protective lenses or using a special filter for the screen.
PRK was the very first refractive surgery that used a laser to reshape corneas and correct vision. Rather than creating a flap that opens access to the cornea, during this procedure the laser is used to remove the outer corneal surface. The surface cells will ultimately grow back, although this does increase the recovery period. Once PRK was the most common laser correction procedure; today, it is often recommended for patients in very specific groups, such as those born with thin corneas or individuals who engage in vigorous physical activity. In general, LASIK involves less discomfort and your final, improved vision comes into focus more quickly. With PRK, improvement in vision happens slowly over a period of weeks.
At our Dunwoody location, we focus on treating every patient’s needs individually, setting us apart from other vision correction practices in the Atlanta area and beyond. Our board-certified doctors and surgeons ensure that patients only receive the highest quality of care so that they can experience the best that life with clear vision has to offer. Our mission is to make sure that no matter what a specific case demands, we keep our patients at the forefront of our care.
The LASIK procedures performed by Dr. Ashraf and his team have changed hundreds of lives and continue to transform the way patients see the world. Constantly at the forefront of the latest technological advancements in LASIK surgeries, Atlanta Vision Institute sets ourselves apart. We focus on giving our patients their lives back with the newest technologies, offering the fastest recovery and painless procedures.
The Dunwoody location of Atlanta Vision Institute is located at 1611 Mt Vernon Rd #100 in Atlanta Georgia. From the north: head south on Roberts Rd, and continue straight as it turns into Chamblee Dunwoody Rd. Pass the Dunwoody Animal Hospital on the right, and turn left onto Mt Vernon. Atlanta Vision Institute will be on your left, across from Tide Dry Cleaners.
From the south: head north on Chamblee Dunwoody Rd past the Spruill Center for the Arts. Turn right onto Mt Vernon Rd, after the BP on the left. Atlanta Vision Institute will be on your left, across from Tide Dry Cleaners.
We are open Monday-Friday 8:30 am – 10:00 pm and Saturday & Sunday 12:00pm – 6:00 pm.
Call us at (770) 622-2488 to schedule an appointment.