D. Beitman, M.D., F.A.C.S.
E. Rautio, O.D.
Laser Eye Institute
The goal of the Beitman Laser Eye Institute is to help patients achieve
their highest vision potential using our decades-long experience, surgical
skill and advanced medical technology. We aim at all times to deliver
outstanding, industry-leading patient care with integrity, compassion
The Beitman Laser Eye Institute
is Michigan's preeminent custom vision correction center. The Institute
was established in 1981, when Dr. Beitman was among the first surgeons
in the Midwest to offer Radial Keratotomy (RK) refractive surgery. More
than twenty years later, the Beitman Laser Eye Institute continues to
serve as an industry leading, high-tech provider of custom LASIK.
The Beitman Laser Eye Institute was among the first LASIK practices in
Michigan to offer the recently FDA-approved VISX® WaveScan System
for CustomVue laser vision correction. CustomVue, also referred to as
custom ablation or custom cornea, uses wavefront guided technology to
produce superior LASIK outcomes with corrected vision potentially exceeding
20/20 and night vision that frequently exceeds the best night vision possible
with glasses or contacts.
The VISX WaveScan System captures a "fingerprint" of the eye
25 times more precisely than previous measuring methods. WaveScan moves
beyond evaluation of nearsightedness, farsightedness, and astigmatism
to capture more specific imperfections in an individual's vision. This
data is then used to generate a unique, individualized treatment for the
CustomVue procedure. The Beitman Laser Eye Institute was the first in
Michigan to offer CustomVue in tandem with the IntraLASIK® "all-laser,"
bladeless vision correction procedure to ensure our patients the safest,
most accurate LASIK outcome possible.
All surgical technology used at the Beitman Laser Eye Institute is powered
by the industry leading VISX Star S4 laser, which is considered the gold
standard among laser systems. Not only is the VISX Star S4 the most technologically
advanced laser system in the world today, it is approved by the FDA for
the widest range of corrections.
With the availability of CustomVue, IntraLASIK and the VISX Star S4 laser
at the Beitman Laser Eye Institute, many patients who were previously
considered non-candidates for vision correction due to thinner corneas
and other related conditions may now be able to experience the life altering
benefits of LASIK.
D. Beitman, M.D., F.A.C.S.
Medical Director, Surgeon
Dr. Robert Beitman is a world renowned, board-certified expert in the
field of laser refractive surgery and cataracts. He holds a Medical Degree
from Wayne State University and received his ophthalmology residency training
at Detroit's Sinai Hospital, which pioneered the use of lasers in vision
Through the Beitman Laser Eye Institute and Dr. Beitman's previous ophthalmology
private practice, he has served the vision care needs of the Metropolitan
Detroit area for more than 25 years. Dr. Beitman pioneered a number of
new procedures in laser vision and cataract surgery and is recognized
by his peers as a leader in the profession. To further his knowledge and
that of other refractive surgeons, Dr. Beitman founded the Michigan Keratorefractive
Society (MKS) in 1990. He also teaches, consults and lectures other refractive
surgeons on the latest surgical techniques and outcomes as well as his
own extensive research.
In 1996, after training with LASIK leader Dr. Luis Ruiz in Bogotá,
Columbia, Dr. Beitman had the distinction of performing the first LASIK
procedure in Michigan. His early interest and intuitive surgical skill
in the new field of "Laser Refractive Surgery" allowed him to
play an integral role in FDA studies for the initial approval of LASIK
and subsequent evaluations of LASIK treatment for extreme myopia, astigmatism
and hyperopia. Dr. Beitman has performed more than 25,000 vision correction
procedures in his career with a degree of success that surpasses already
impressive LASIK industry standards.
Dr. Beitman was the first surgeon in Michigan to utilize the VISX®
Star S3 Laser with Eye Tracker and has since upgraded his laser systems
further to the VISX STAR S4. He also was the first to offer his patients
the VISX Variable Spot Scanning Technology (VSS) which effectively allows
him to treat up to an 8mm optic zone for those patients with larger pupils.
Further, he was among the first surgeons in Michigan to perform Instant
Vision Cataract Surgery, a procedure utilizing the topical anesthesia/no
stitch, no needle, no patch format. Never one to rest on his previous
accomplishments, Dr. Beitman became the first LASIK surgeon in Michigan
in 2003 to offer the industry revolutionizing custom cornea CustomVue
with wavefront technology in tandem with the bladeless, all-laser IntraLASIK
Among his many honors and awards, Dr. Beitman was named one of the top
five surgeons in 2002 by LVCI, the world's largest supplier of LASIK-related
medical equipment. That same year, the Beitman Laser Eye Institute was
named one of the top 50 practices in the nation for achieving excellence
in refractive surgery. Dr. Beitman is listed in Franette Armstrong's 1999
Edition of Beyond Glasses! The Consumers Guide to Laser Vision Correction
as one of the world's leading experts in laser vision correction. He was
also included for three consecutive years on the VISX Star 100 Surgeons
list based on his VISX laser experience.
E. Rautio, O.D.
of Refractive Services
Jeffrey Rautio, Director of Refractive Services, is responsible
for all pre- and post-operative patient care, patient and staff education,
and quality improvement initiatives at the Beitman Laser Eye Institute.
He is also the coordinator and Optometrist/Physician Liaison for the Institute's
CoMP Care Co-Management Program. Dr. Rautio has worked exclusively in
the field of laser vision correction since 1999 and has successfully managed
over 15,000 LASIK/IntraLASIK and CustomVue cases.
Since joining the Beitman Laser Eye Institute in June 2000, Dr. Rautio
has lectured extensively to optometrists and ophthalmologists in Michigan,
Ohio, and Indiana. As an adjunct consultant for VISX, his discussion topics
have included new technologies in refractive surgery, LASIK co-management,
and the integration of advanced technology into LASIK practices. Dr. Rautio
has achieved certification on the Intralase laser system for the creation
of IntraLASIK all-laser corneal flaps and received advanced training in
the VISX CustomVue wavefront treatment of myopia, astigmatism and hyperopia.
He has also published numerous articles on LASIK co-management, sports
vision, and the Intralase laser system.
Prior to joining the Beitman Laser Eye Institute, Dr. Rautio held a senior
staff position at Henry Ford Hospital -- West Bloomfield Center -- for
14 years. In addition to his duties as Department Head of Optometry at
HFH-West Bloomfield, Dr. Rautio was a clinical instructor in the Ferris
State University College of Optometry - Extern Program. He also served
as team optometrist for the Detroit Lions from 1991-2000 where
his responsibilities included the treatment and management of on-field
ocular emergencies for Detroit Lion players and opponents.
Dr. Rautio graduated with honors from the Ferris State University College
of Optometry in 1986.
As Director of Refractive Services at the Beitman Laser Eye
Institute, Dr. Rautio is committed to providing patients with superior
clinical care and exceptional outcomes in a caring and professional manner.
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