Atlanta LASIK Surgeon Confronting Increased Pollen Count and Spring Allergies by Offering Ocular Allergy Testing

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Dr. Ashraf, medical director at Atlanta Vision Institute, now offers allergy testing in his offices to identify the underlying cause of common eye ailments including dry eyes.

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Dr. Farooq Ashraf, MD, FACS

Often the pollen is so extensive that it affects people who may not have an official allergy diagnosis, causing symptoms and irritation.

Atlanta Vision Institute, specializing in LASIK surgery in Atlanta, is offering allergy testing services at all of its office locations. Ocular allergies can be caused by a number of irritants but symptoms often mimic those of other more serious eye diseases. By offering allergy testing during eye examinations, the Atlanta Vision Institute is able to identify possible causes of symptoms and prescribe the correct and most effective course of treatment.

The city of Atlanta is well known for its high annual pollen count and this year is no exception. The city has experienced soaring counts resulting in increased allergy symptoms and complaints. Allergies caused by pollen commonly affect the eyes causing red, watery or even dry eyes that may feel itching or burning sensations.

These common seasonal complaints are similar to symptoms caused by more severe eye diseases including dry eye syndrome (chronic dry eyes) or blepharitis, a chronic inflammation of the eyelids. The allergy testing now available at the Atlanta Vision Institute is FDA approved and results are typically available within 10-15 minutes of testing. This eliminates the need for patients to see multiple doctors to determine the cause of their symptoms.

“Allergies are a chronic disease in the US and this time of year is especially difficult for those people who may suffer from allergies,” said Dr. Ashraf, MD, FACS. “Often the pollen is so extensive that it affects people who may not have an official allergy diagnosis, causing symptoms and irritation. Determining the actual cause of red, itchy or watery eyes will help us determine the kind of treatment someone needs. Sometimes, all they need is an over-the-counter allergy medication to alleviate discomfort.”

Dr. Ashraf is the founder of the Atlanta Vision Institute and a board-certified ophthalmologist who specializes in corneal and refractive surgery, as well as other treatments for astigmatism, glaucoma, cataracts and other eye conditions. He obtained his advanced training in ocular surgery at Johns Hopkins University and has performed over 40,000 LASIK procedures. In addition to his Atlanta practice, Dr. Ashraf has also founded the Atlanta Vision Clinic in Dubai, UAE. For more information, visit

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