LASIK Birmingham | Clavenna Vision Institute | LASIK Surgery

Also serving Royal Oak & Clawson, MI

Clavenna Vision Institute offers LASIK, as well as iLASIK procedures.

LASIK Surgery

LASIK in Troy, Birmingham and Detroit, MILASIK procedures performed on patients in Birmingham, MI, feature one of the most exciting developments in the history of eye care, the excimer laser – used to treat low to high degrees of nearsightedness, farsightedness and astigmatism. The excimer laser produces a “cool” ultra-violet light that does not cut or burn tissue. An advanced computer guides the laser to reshape the eye’s cornea, producing a sharper image on the retina. The first laser vision correction procedure performed on a human was in Berlin in 1987. Since its introduction in 1988, the excimer laser has been used to improve the vision of more than 32 million people in the world, helping them reduce the need for contacts or glasses. Over the past eight years, our laser eye surgery center has performed over 5,000 laser vision correction procedures for patients of Birmingham and other cities throughout Michigan.

Incredible LASIK Technology

Birmingham LASIK technology: The Visx S4LASIK involves surgically lifting a small flap of the cornea and gently applying the excimer laser on the exposed cornea. The Visx S4 laser is capable of reshaping the surface of the eye by removing tissue as accurately as one cell layer at a time. Our laser is the most advanced and trusted in the world. Some of the new technologies include a tracking system, enlarged optical zones, wavefront technology and iris registration. The tracking system assures that the laser beam is perfectly centered every time, even if you move your eye or look away. The larger optical zones reduce the risk of glare and provide overall better visual quality. Wavefront technology (also known as CustomVue) allows us to more accurately measure your prescription and hence offer better results. Iris registration allows us to compensate for rotational alignment during the CustomVue procedure. No laser has been shown to give results as outstanding as the one we use, the Visx S4. At our Birmingham LASIK surgery center just outside of Detroit, we use the “gold standard.”

CustomVue LASIK in Birmingham – Technology ahead of its time

Wavefront in Troy, Birmingham, & Detroit, MIWavefront LASIK differs from conventional LASIK only in the way your prescription is measured. Wavefront technology was first developed for use in the field of Astronomy to help correct for atmospheric distortion of starlight. This technology was then used to improve the image of the Hubble space telescope. Eye specialists became interested in this technology in the 1990s.

Is LASIK Painless?

The LASIK procedure itself is painless and takes only 10 minutes per eye. No needles are used. All LASIK patients are given a mild oral sedative and eye drops to anesthetize or numb the eye. Patients may experience some mild burning on the evening of the procedure as the cornea begins to heal, but they usually feel fine by the next morning and return to normal activities, including driving. Patients can trust our board certified eye surgeons to provide a quick and painless procedure that involves very little downtime.

Normal Healing Process

Following LASIK, the healing process is very rapid. We recommend our patients wear protective eyewear, during contact-related activities, for one month. Eye rubbing should also be avoided for several months. In most cases, the eyes look normal and feel fine the first day after LASIK is performed.

Few Side Effects

All surgical procedures have risks and LASIK is no exception. You can definitely reduce your risks by choosing the right surgeon and following the recommendations. The term “loss of vision” does not mean blindness. Loss of vision means that an eye cannot see as well as it did before, even with the use of eyeglasses. Loss of vision can be severe or very slight. The national risk for loss of any vision from the LASIK procedure is less than 1%. In Dr. Clavenna’s and Dr. Fitzgerald’s hands, the loss of any vision is less than 0.05%. Possible complications include halos at night, double vision, over-correction, under-correction, infection and scarring.

LASIK Results

Like any surgical procedure, results vary from patient to patient. But, based on the results of approximately 5,000 procedures, excellent outcomes are experienced by the vast majority of our patients, who come to us from Detroit, Clawson, Warren and Troy. Clavenna Vision Institute has tracked and compared the visual quality of our patients to other centers. Our results far exceed those of most. Our goal is to provide you with the best possible results with the least risk. We use a 28-step evaluation to plan your procedure, which we believe is the highest quality of care available.

Patient Testimonial Videos

Julie Miller, Ann Arbor Mi (Lasik Patient)


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Collin Otto, Commerce Twp, MI (Lasik Patient)

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Additional Information

What it Means

Some are calling it supervision. The results of this technology are nothing short of amazing. Almost everyone is seeing 20/20 or better. Not only are people reading the eye chart better; many are saying that they now see better than they have their entire life. The potential side effects of lasik such as glare, halos, and loss of contrast sensitivity are even more rare. In fact, these symptoms are usually better after wavefront LASIK than before with glasses and contact lenses. NASA has ruled that astronauts may now have LASIK, but only if it is CustomVue.

How it Works

First the eye is tested and its optical imperfections are measured. This is done by projecting a perfect beam of light into the eye. If the eye were also perfect, then the light would reflect back out of the eye and still be perfect, but this is never the case with the human eye. Instead, an irregular beam of light comes back out of the eye and is measured by a device called an aberrometer. This device detects all of the aberrations created by the eye such as nearsightedness, farsightedness, astigmatism and newly recognized higher order aberrations. Now a computer determines how to reshape the cornea to correct for those imperfections created by the eye.


Why should I have a vision correction procedure performed?
Vision correction procedures are for people who suffer from blurred vision in the distance or at near, and want to experience the freedom of no longer having to wear eyeglasses or contact lenses to see clearly.
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Is vision correction surgery performed on an outpatient basis, or am I admitted to a hospital?
Vision correction surgery is performed on an outpatient basis. The procedure usually takes no more than 15-30 minutes for both eyes and your appointment typically lasts no more than two hours.
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How long does it take to recover from a vision correction procedure?
The majority of patients notice significantly improved vision the first day after surgery. Most people resume normal activities within 1–2 days.
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Can I drive home after the LASIK procedure?

Patients should not get behind the wheel after surgery. We strongly advise you to coordinate with a driver to come pick you up from our facility and drive you back home. Your recovery time should be quick and you should be able to drive in no time. But we recommend that you refrain from getting behind the wheel until after a follow-up appointment.

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Will my eye become irritated after surgery?

Dry eyes is a common side effect of laser eye surgery. However, this side effect does not last very long and it can be easily treated with prescribed eye drops.
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What kind of anesthetic is used?
Patients are given a mild oral sedative and eye drops to anesthetize or numb the eye.
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Is LASIK Painful?

Very few people experience discomfort during the procedures. Following LASIK most people feel mild burning for several hours afterwards. Most people resume normal or near normal activity the following day.
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Who is the ideal candidate for vision correction surgery?
The ideal candidate for vision correction surgery is 21 or older with healthy eyes, stable vision, and has the desire to enjoy the freedom of not having to wear glasses or contact lenses.
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Are there any risks involved in vision correction procedures?
As with virtually any surgical procedure, there are certain potential risks and complications with vision correction procedures. The risk of a complication is less than 1% with vision loss occurring in approximately 0.1% (one in one thousand). We have not had a single case of severe vision loss or blindness. Our doctors would be happy to discuss with you the potential risks and any other concerns you may have in detail. We want you to be totally comfortable with your decision to have a LASIK procedure performed.
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What kind of success rate has been achieved through vision correction surgery?
The overall results of vision correction surgery have been nothing short of excellent, with more than 99% of our patients satisfied with their results.
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How long does it take to recover from LASIK?
The majority of patients notice significantly improved vision the first day after surgery. Most people resume normal activities within 1–2 days.
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Additional Eye Surgery Procedures in the Detroit suburb of Birmingham, MI

Dr. Carl Clavenna and Dr. Gregory Fitzgerald are well versed in several refractive surgery procedures. In addition to LASIK surgery, they offer surgical solutions for cataracts patients. The Clavenna Vision Institute offers intraocular lenses (IOLs) such as AcrySof Toric, occluded lens. After receiving cataract surgery at the Clavenna Vision Institute, patients are able to enjoy clear, unobstructed vision once again.

Patients who want to correct their vision with our LASIK treatment can schedule an appointment by calling our office in Birmingham, MI at (248) 646-3733 or by filling out an online form. Dr. Clavenna and Dr. Fitzgerald are currently accepting new patients for laser eye corrective surgery.


“I had my Wavefront LASIK done with Dr. Fitzgerald. I really like that they did the surgery at Beaumont Hospital. It has only been a few days and I can’t believe how well I see, they did an amazing job.”

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