Dr. M. Farooq Ashraf mastered the excimer laser as a member of the faculty at Johns Hopkins University, and he now wields the ultramodern tool as he adds to his career tally of more than 35,000 LASIK procedures. As founder and medical director of Atlanta Vision Institute, he draws upon his skills as a board-certified ophthalmologist to correct nearsighted, farsighted, and astigmatic vision with refractive surgery. In addition to giving the gift of sight, Dr. Ashraf gives back to the community by supporting local charities and providing discounted services to financially strapped Cyclopes.
Woolfson Eye Institute’s founder and medical director Dr. Jonathan Woolfson is a board-certified ophthalmic surgeon who has performed more than 70,000 laser vision-correction procedures. Such clinical experience has helped him earn the trust of other medical professionals; he has performed more than 300 surgeries on his fellow eye doctors and trained and certified more than 100 North American LASIK surgeons. He has also fine-tuned the eyesight of professional athletes, including Ovie Mughelli, Curtis Lofton, and Kroy Biermann of the Atlanta Falcons.
Dr. Woolfson draws upon this extensive experience each time he customizes a laser procedure to his patients’ needs. He and his staff of doctors begin every treatment with in-depth consultations, where they determine the lasers, instruments, and novelty sound effects needed to successfully enhance eyesight. Once they’ve completed their procedures, they also offer eligible patients a Lifetime Assurance Plan, granting them free lifetime access to any fine-tuning surgeries.
Founded by Dr. Stephen Joffe and Craig Joffe, a father-and-son team who used LASIK eye surgery to correct their own vision, Joffe MediCenter has five locations across the country where expert ophthalmologists use advanced diagnostics to conduct each custom wavefront LASIK surgery. Treatment begins with a free, noninvasive examination with Bausch & Lomb Orbscan and Zywave mapping systems—derived from technology developed for astronomy and physics applications. They generate a 3-D model of each eye, which, like a fingerprint or favorite line from The Princess Bride, is unique to each person.
The highly advanced custom Wavefront LASIK treatments employ an array of meticulously calibrated lasers and microsensors to execute a precise, individually tailored sight correction for every patient, allowing many patients to return to work the next day. Post-treatment, many patients boast clearer vision than they had when relying on contacts, glasses, or vintage View-Masters.
Optometrist Dr. Alan L. Hymowitz has aided eyes all over the world. In Laos, Cambodia, Bolivia, and his current home of Atlanta, he has performed volunteer eye care for those in need, making him the first optometrist to receive the Georgia Lions Lighthouse Foundation Beacon of Hope award for humanitarian work in 2010.
At Eye Haven, Dr. Hymowitz and his colleague, Dr. Rikti Patel, collaborate to provide comprehensive eye care to the rest of the public. The bilingual duo, who speak both English and Spanish, doles out prescriptions and checks eyes for glaucoma, cataracts, and other common diseases. Their team can pair picks from a wide selection of frames—which encompasses designs by Judith Lieber, Tom Ford, David Yurman, Dolce & Gabbana, Prada, and Gucci—with a similarly wide selection of lenses. Their polarizing lenses cut down on glare, for example, whereas their high-index lenses are thinner and lighter than traditional lenses, rendering them ideal for shaving off seconds from the footrace section of the SATs.
If you're willing to let someone operate on your eyes with a laser, what's the one thing they better have? Steady hands are important, sure, but how about experience? All told, The LASIK Vision Institute's doctors have performed more than 950,000 eye surgeries at 46 locations nationwide. Across its network, the company has independent veteran surgeons who are all LASIK experts.
Technology has played a major role in LVI’s success, as well. Each location relies on FDA-approved laser technology that results in minimal discomfort and short recovery times, in addition to helping many patients see 20/20 or better.
Dr. Leonard R. Achiron graduated from the New England College of Optometry with honors, but he?s not just book smart?he?s also laser smart. Dr. Achiron has co-managed more than 50,000 Lasik procedures as former professor of the Emory Eye Center and clinical director of Lasik Vision Institute. Like him, each of his colleagues on the center?s team of ophthalmologists has performed tens of thousands of eye surgeries, alleviating ailments ranging from nearsightedness and farsightedness to cataracts. At their clinic, they also pool their talents to treat eyes with nonsurgical services, such as exams, contact-lens fittings, and glasses for those who never took to their lessons on how to squint harder.