ATLANTA, Sept. 20, 2016 /PRNewswire/ -- Dr. Farooq Ashraf of The Atlanta Vision Institute is pleased to announce that he will soon offer the SMILE (small incision lenticule extraction) surgery for patients wishing to reduce or eliminate myopia (nearsightedness). The US FDA has approved the SMILE procedure for the treatment of myopia. A breakthrough in laser vision correction technology, the VisuMax Femtosecond Laser received safety clearance from the FDA last week.
"The LASIK procedure is approaching 20 years of service and no significant advancement in the core aspect of the procedure has occurred during this time period," said Dr. Ashraf. "The SMILE procedure represents the third generation of vision correction. It is PRK without the pain and LASIK without cutting of a flap. SMILE is a simple procedure that requires no flap creation nor any laser tissue ablation. It has the potential of being a safer procedure than LASIK, and offers less discomfort than PRK or LASIK."
During the SMILE procedure, a disc-shaped piece of tissue is removed through a keyhole incision on the surface of the cornea. Removing the tissue reshapes the cornea, correcting the nearsightedness. The procedure takes approximately 10 minutes and recovery time is minimal; most patients are able to resume regular activities the day after treatment. Since no flap is created there are significantly less restrictions on patients. "This can be beneficial for occupations such as firefighters, police, and the military," states Dr. Ashraf. "Also, many of our patients have active lifestyles, and the SMILE procedure may be beneficial to those individuals as compared to LASIK."
The SMILE procedure has been approved for use in Dubai, UAE for the past three years. Dr. Ashraf has firsthand experience with this procedure since he has performed the SMILE procedure in Dubai. He is the medical director of The Atlanta Vision Clinic in Dubai.
Individuals interested in learning more about the SMILE procedure, as well as members of the press that would like to speak with Dr. Ashraf, may contact him by calling him at (770) 622-2488 or emailing him at firstname.lastname@example.org.
About Farooq Ashraf, MD, FACS
Dr. Ashraf received his medical degree from the University of Toledo Medical Center and completed his residency in ophthalmology at George Washington University in Washington, D.C. He completed a fellowship in corneal and refractive surgery at the Wilmer Eye Institute at Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore, MD, where he also served as an Assistant Professor of Ophthalmology. Dr. Ashraf is a fellow of the American College of Surgeons who has personally performed more than 40,000 laser vision correction procedures and thousands of cataract surgeries. He is a well-respected leader in ophthalmology, having published numerous articles in scientific journals and major textbooks.
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SOURCE The Atlanta Vision Institute