iLASIK | Clavenna Vision Institute | Blade Free LASIK

Also serving Royal Oak & Clawson, MI

Clavenna offers iLASIK, as well as LASIK procedures.


You’ve spent your whole life dreaming of better vision. Clear, crisp eyesight – without the hassle of glasses or contacts. The Clavenna Vision Institute wants you to know there is finally a better way to see – iLASIK. With this advanced technology, iLASIK is safer and more precise than ever, so there has never been a better time to experience the freedom of iLASIK and there’s no better place than Clavenna Vision Institute. 100% blade free…100% personalized…iLASIK offers the peace of mind you’ve been waiting for. Carl F. Clavenna, M.D. and Gregory B. Fitzgerald, M.D. are among the very first doctors to be certified to do iLASIK, a groundbreaking laser correction procedure, at Beaumont Hospital in Royal Oak, MI.

iLASIK is a Painless Procedure

The very first step in any lasik procedure is to create a flap on the surface of the cornea. This flap is then folded back and the excimer laser reshapes the cornea under the flap. The flap is then replaced and adheres into place within seconds. Since only the edge of the flap has to heal (taking about five hours) people feel good and see well the following day. There are two devices capable of making this flap; the microkeratome and the femtosecond laser.

Incredible Technology

Microkeratome – LASIK has been traditionally performed using a microkeratome. This is a mechanical device designed to cut a flap on the surface of the eye using a steel blade. Microkeratomes are very precisely engineered machines capable of creating a fairly consistent cut across the cornea every time.

Intralase MachineIntraLase Femtosecond Laser – The “I” in iLASIK – IntraLase is the name given to a very fast (femtosecond) laser also capable of creating a LASIK flap. There are several different femtosecond lasers available worldwide but only IntraLase is approved for use in the United States. Over one million LASIK procedures have now been performed using IntraLase. The term iLASIK is used to describe LASIK using both IntraLase and CustomVue technology.

The Most Advanced Procedure in the World

iLASIK with an IntraLase created flap and CustomVue quality excimer laser is simply the best there is in laser vision correction. The difference is fewer risks, greater precision and better vision than any other procedure. If you are looking for the most advanced procedure combined with experienced LASIK specialists in Michigan and the best possible results, then you have found it in iLASIK at the Clavenna Vision Institute.


What is the IntraLase Method?

The IntraLase Method is a 100% blade-free all-laser iLASIK approach to creating your corneal flap—the thin flap of tissue that the doctor folds back in order to perform your LASIK procedure.

How does it differ from other methods of creating a corneal flap?

The only other way to create a corneal flap is by using an instrument called a microkeratome. A microkeratome is a hand-held steel blade that makes a cut as it travels across the cornea. With the IntraLase Method, a blade never touches your eye.

How does the IntraLase Method work?

Tiny pulses of laser light pass harmlessly through the outer portion of your cornea and form a uniform layer of microscopic bubbles just beneath the surface of your eye. Just prior to LASIK surgery, the doctor can lift the corneal flap by gently and easily separating the tissue where these bubbles have formed.

Besides being blade free, what other benefits are there to the IntraLase Method?

The IntraLase Method virtually eliminates the most severe sight-threatening complications. While LASIK complications are rare, when they do occur they are primarily related to the use of the microkeratome. Also, in clinical studies, more patients achieve vision that is 20/20 or better when their iLASIK procedure is performed using the IntraLase Method. Patients also report better quality of vision overall, particularly in terms of their ability to see well in low light with the IntraLase method.

Is the IntraLase Method proven?

To date, the IntraLase Method has been used in hundreds of thousands of iLASIK procedures around the world.

How long does it take to create a flap using the IntraLase Method?

The creation of the flap itself takes only about 30 seconds per eye. Including preparation time, the iLASIK procedure takes about 10 minutes total.

Is iLASIK painful?

No—the doctor applies drops to numb the eye.

Is there pain after surgery?

A lot of patients ask what the recovery period is like after iLASIK. Like most eye surgeries, patients can experience mild eye discomfort and dryness. However, over-the-counter pain medications can be taken and artificial tears or eye drops administered to help with irritation. The pain is usually manageable, and patients can continue with their normal daily routine after their post-operation exam.

What’s the reaction of patients who have experienced the IntraLase Method?

In a clinical survey, the vision in the IntraLase®-treated eye was preferred by LASIK patients 3-to-1 over the vision in the microkeratome-treated eye (among those who stated a preference).

Additional Vision Correction Procedures

Dr. Carl Clavenna and Dr. Gregory Fitzgerald are committed to improving the eye health and function of all of their cataracts surgery Detroit patients through the use of premium intraocular lenses (IOLs). Once the occluded lenses are removed, Drs. Clavenna and Fitzgerald replace them with an IOL that will restore clear vision and improved the function of the eyes.

To learn more about our iLASIk, schedule your first consultation with our eye experts to see if you are the right candidate for this procedure. Appointments can be made by phone (248) 646 3733 or by filling out an online form.