LASIK Options You Should Know About

Submitted by Clavenna Vision Institute on October 9, 2014


At Clavenna Vision Institute we offer the LASIK procedure that is custom tailored for your eyes in Detroit, Birmingham & Troy in Michigan. The number one deciding factor when considering vision correction should be quality of vision obtained as a result of the best care possible.  Our doctors are pleased to offer iLASIK which is safer and more precise than ever; 100% blade free…100% customized.  It reshapes the cornea to correct the refractive imperfections in the eye (these imperfections are essentially the reason why near or far images could be distorted and blurry). And when you have the iLASIK procedure, each step of your treatment will be completely integrated and fully personalized, utilizing advanced vision correction technology.

The first step in the iLASIK procedure is to perform a wavefront diagnosis using the WaveScan WaveFront system. The WaveScan WaveFront system creates a 3-D map that provides detailed information of your vision correction requirements to develop an individualized laser vision correction plan.

The next step is to create a flap on the surface of the eye.  Our doctors use IntraLase which is a very fast laser that allows for an all LASER LASIK to be possible; meaning no blade and no mechanical device.  This makes for a safer and more precise procedure.

Once the LASIK flap has been made, a second, ultra-precise laser is used to gently reshape the cornea to the desired curvature, based on the digital information from your personalized WaveScan WaveFront map.   Dr. Clavenna and Dr. Fitzgerald were among the very first doctors performing iLASIK at Beaumont Hospital, Royal Oak, MI.

With all of this in mind, it’s easy to see why so many Americans choose to undergo LASIK eye surgery. However, approximately 25% of people who want LASIK are not good candidates for the procedure. For some, their corneas are too flat or too thin. For others, their vision problems are too extreme to be corrected by LASIK. Fortunately, Advanced Surface Ablation (also known as LASEK, PRK, or Epi-LASEK) is ideal for patients who are not candidates for LASIK but do qualify for Advanced Surface Ablation. The procedure is efficiently performed on an outpatient basis using only anesthetic eye drops. During the procedure, your surgeon will first remove the surface layer of the eye (epithelium) with a solution application.  Once the epithelium is removed, the cornea is then carefully reshaped with a LASER to correct vision. The advanced LASER used during this procedure customizes vision correction for each individual patient to ensure successful results. A bandage contact lens is then placed over the eye to promote proper healing and maintain comfort.

With LASIK, iLASIK, and Advanced Surface Ablation our doctors can correct for nearsightedness, farsightedness, and astigmatism. In addition you may consider monovision LASIK for reading vision. Monovison LASIK is a specialized technique in LASIK surgery to reduce or eliminate the need for reading glasses. Monovision works by correcting one eye for distance and the other eye for near vision. A trial period with contact lenses will help determine if monovision is a good option. If you have any questions or are thinking about LASIK for yourself or someone else please call 248-646-3733.  Melissa will answer all your questions and schedule a free LASIK consultation if you are interested.