From time to time, a number of new events take place at Beitman Laser Eye Institute, like seminars, new personnel or books either written by or in which Dr. Beitman is featured. As these events occur, we will post them on our Bulletin Board. If you want more information on any topic posted in this section, please call our office at (248) 855-6200, or toll-free, 1-800-826-EYES (3937). You may also send an e-mail.

Beitman Laser Eye Institute Patient Shares LASIK Experience on Epinions.com: "LASIK - Incredible Results"
The Wall Street Journal: All-Laser LASIK Makes the Cut
The Detroit News: Soldiers fill laser eye clinics
CBS MarketWatch: New Surgeries Restore Boomers' Youthful Vision

Dr. Rautio Invited to Lecture on "Benefits of Integrating Wavefront into Your Practice"

Published Articles
Muscular Dystrophy Telethon
Beitman Laser Eye Institute Welcomes Nationally Renown Ophthalmologist, Stephen Trokel, M.D
FDA Approval of CustomVue
Employment Opportunities
Dr. Beitman in the Wall Street Journal 
Birmingham Lions' Run - Sunday, September 29
Dr. Beitman on Detroit's WJR Radio 760
Laser Surgery Battle - Worthy In Army's Eyes 
Military Discount
LASIK Vision Correction - by Robert D. Beitman, M.D.
Beyond Glasses!
The Consumer's Guide to Laser Vision Correction
  
Dr. Beitman Selected to VISX® Star Surgeons Group





Beitman Laser Eye Institute Patient Shares Experience on Epinions.com: "LASIK - Incredible Results"


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The Wall Street Journal: All-Laser LASIK Makes the Cut


By RHONDA L. RUNDLE
Staff Reporter of THE WALL STREET JOURNAL
January 4, 2005; Page D4

Teaser ads promote "all-laser Lasik" as the latest innovation in vision-correction surgery. The pitch is aimed at consumers who fear the riskiest step in the conventional Lasik procedure. But is the new technology really safer? And does it produce better vision?

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Laser-assisted in situ keratomileusis, or Lasik, has a good overall safety record. But complications can arise when a surgeon cuts a flap in the cornea before reshaping the underlying tissue with laser pulses. The flap is usually created with a hand-held blade but can be made by a computer-guided laser that is different from the one used to carve the cornea. The flap-making laser costs the surgeon about $375,000, which can be more than six times the cost of the manual tool, called a microkeratome.

The pros and cons of the new laser are being debated by eye surgeons at medical meetings in the U.S. and Europe. Many prominent surgeons say they are satisfied with the microkeratome, which has a decadelong track record. They say the laser's growing popularity is driven by consumer marketing that exploits irrational patient fears of rare flap mishaps. Its use can add a couple hundred dollars or more to the per-eye cost of Lasik, which already ranges from $1,500 to $2,800, including state-of-the-art custom software.

But the new laser, sold by IntraLase Corp. is gaining converts among physicians who were naysayers as recently as a year ago. The shift comes as evidence is mounting that laser-made flaps are more precise and produce better vision -- especially contrast sensitivity, a component of vision quality that isn't measured on a standard eye chart. The advantages aren't huge but are enough to sway many ophthalmologists who seek an edge for their patients.

One of the largest studies is being conducted by researchers at the Naval Medical Center in San Diego. They are exploring various technologies to identify the best Lasik treatment options for Navy pilots who perform vision-demanding feats such as landing fighter jets on aircraft carriers at night. The research is funded by the Defense Department and not by IntraLase or its paid consultants.

Preliminary results from a 199-patient Navy study showed that military personnel treated with the IntraLase laser experienced more light sensitivity and had "a scratchy feeling" in the eye on the first day after Lasik, compared with those whose flaps were created using a hand-held blade, said Steve C. Schallhorn, a Navy captain and ophthalmologist overseeing the study. But the IntraLase patients had faster visual recovery, he said.

More important, the IntraLase patients had better contrast sensitivity and acuity "at all postoperative time periods" he said. "The crispness and clarity of vision, especially at night, is a very important outcome for us," he added. The results are preliminary but if confirmed, as expected, "we will likely use IntraLase to cut flaps for our aviators."

Dr. Schallhorn said he saw no evidence of "delayed acute photophobia," a debilitating problem that some surgeons have reported between six and seven weeks after IntraLase use. Based on those case reports, the syndrome "leaves patients incapacitated and unable to tolerate even normal light conditions for up to six months," noted Bausch & Lomb Inc., of Rochester, N.Y., which dominates the market for microkeratomes.

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The Detroit News: Soldiers fill laser eye clinics


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CBS MarketWatch: New Surgeries Restore Boomers' Youthful Vision


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Related press release: FDA-Approved Presbyopic Technology

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Dr. Rautio Invited to Lecture on "Benefits of Integrating Wavefront into Your Practice"


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Published Articles
About or regarding Beitman Laser Eye Institute

The Detroit News --NEW ARTICLE
----[-May 5, 2004---Focus of LASIK widens-]
Detroit Free Press
----[-April 18, 2003---Eye surgeon focuses on services, profits-]
Crain's Detroit Business
----[-October 23, 2000---An eye-opening business-]
The Observer & Eccentric
----[-June 11, 2000---Local surgeon provides painless sight correction-]
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Muscular Dystrophy Telethon

Don Watkins (second from right), Executive Director of the Beitman Laser Eye Institute, represented the Institute at the 2003 Muscular Dystrophy Telethon in Detroit. The Beitman Laser Eye Institute has supported local Muscular Dystrophy fundraising efforts for several years.


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Beitman Laser Eye Institute Welcomes
Nationally Renown Ophthalmologist,
Stephen Trokel, M.D.


The Beitman Laser Eye Institute was privileged to welcome Dr. Stephen Trokel to our West Bloomfield, Michigan office in June 2003 to observe Dr. Beitman performing LASIK with the new, all-laser, blade-less IntraLASIK technology. Dr. Trokel's visit was particularly meaningful because he is hailed as the first ophthalmologist to recognize the significance of the excimer laser for use in corneal refractive surgery and was named one of the most influential ophthalmologists of the 20th Century in 1999. Dr. Beitman and all of the Beitman Laser Eye Institute Staff wish to extend our thanks to Dr. Trokel for his interest in our Michigan launch of IntraLASIK!

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FDA Approval of CustomVue

The Beitman Laser Eye Institute in West Bloomfield is among the first LASIK practices in Michigan to offer the new
VISX® WaveScan System for CustomVue laser vision correction of myopia and astigmatism. CustomVue, also referred to as custom ablation, uses wavefront guided technology to produce superior LASIK outcomes with corrected vision potentially exceeding 20/20. The FDA approval of CustomVue was announced on Friday, May 23, 2003.

Additional information about CustomVue:

VISX
All About Vision
Personal Best Vision
Press release
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Employment Opportunities

The Beitman Laser Eye Institute welcomes applications from qualified candidates for positions in Surgical Counselor, Surgical Assistant, Ophthalmic Technician and other Refractive Surgery Center positions.

Please forward resume to:
Beitman Laser Eye Institute
5813 West Maple Road, Suite 137
West Bloomfield, Michigan 48322
Attn: Employment Opportunities

Experienced and/or qualified candidates may also fill out an employment application form. Click here to open form. Then print, complete and mail to the address above, or fax it to (248) 855-7721.
[ PDF format - download Adobe Acrobat Reader ]
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Dr. Beitman in the Wall Street Journal

An October 9, 2002 article in the Wall Street Journal about bank financing and debt re-payment plans quotes Dr. Beitman on the innovative payment programs available through the Beitman Laser Eye Institute. Dr. Beitman was the first surgeon in the metropolitan Detroit area to offer a 0% financing option for elective laser surgery. If you would like further information, you may go to www.wsj.com.
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Birmingham Lions' Run

Dr. Beitman sponsored the Birmingham Lions' Run through downtown Birmingham on Sunday, September 29, 2002. Thank you to all that participated.

Muscular Dystrophy Association
Dr. Beitman has been involved in recent years with the Muscular Dystrophy Association and wants to thank all of his patients who generously contributed to the MDA telethon over Labor Day weekend!
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Dr. Beitman on Detroit's WJR Radio 760

Dr. Beitman was interviewed by Vanessa Denha on WJR radio's Secrets to Good Health program. Dr. Beitman discussed the newest developments in LASIK surgery and responded to questions about the procedure. A transcript of this program will soon be available on this website.
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Laser Surgery Battle - Worthy In Army's Eyes

Vision Treatment Shown To Give Soldiers an Edge

By Steve Vogel
Washington Post Staff Writer
Monday, April 1, 2002; Page A01

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The Army is building itself a better soldier, one eye at a time.

After years of skepticism, the military is embracing laser eye surgery with enthusiasm, envisioning soldiers in Afghanistan and other hot spots who no longer have to worry about glasses fogging up or contacts popping out during combat. "It makes people into potentially better soldiers, better able to perform their duties," said Bower, director of refractive surgery at Walter Reed, in Northwest Washington.

Just two years ago, anyone who had undergone such surgery would have been disqualified from active duty.

Now, laser eye surgery is not only allowed, but it is also actively promoted by the military. Today, Walter Reed is launching its Warfighter Refractive Eye Surgery Program. There and at other Army hospitals across the country, the surgeons expect to correct the vision of thousands of soldiers in coming years. The Air Force and Navy offer similar programs.

"There's a huge demand for the procedure -- probably more demand than we're going to be able to handle," Bower said.

The about-face came after a Department of Defense medical panel, after evaluating several years of research by the Navy, concluded that concerns about laser surgery damaging the structure of the eyes had not been borne out and that -- to the contrary -- the surgery was a way to improve the fighting forces. Congress subsequently approved $15 million for the program.

Officials are quick to point out that the laser surgery is strictly voluntary.

Eyeglasses have long been troublesome for soldiers, and modern warfare has made the problem worse. Increasingly, the military is employing sophisticated weapons and gadgets where glasses can get in the way. Soldiers who wear glasses need prescription inserts to wear gas masks. The same is true of goggles being developed to protect soldiers from enemy lasers.

"If your glasses steam up or fall off, you've become a liability," Madigan said. "You're no longer part of the solution -- you're part of the problem."

In harsh environments where U.S. troops often are deployed, contact lenses can be even worse. Many soldiers who wore contact lenses during the Gulf War ended up ditching them and wearing glasses, Madigan said.

Laser eye surgery was approved by the Food and Drug Administration in 1995. Since then, more than 3 million Americans have had the surgery.

As part of its review, the Army monitored how members of its elite combat force, the Rangers, fared in rugged training conditions after having the surgery. "They could jump out of planes at night, fight with pugil sticks, slog through the swamps for weeks and not have problems," Madigan said. "They reported that it gave them an edge. They didn't have to worry about fogging up their glasses or losing their [contact] lens."

The Army has established criteria for who should get the surgery first, according to Madigan. Top priority will be given to infantry and Special Forces, followed by others deemed likely to face combat, including armor, artillery and combat engineers -- "The people actually mixing it up," Madigan said. Within a unit, commanders may decide the priority, Madigan said.

The services estimate that 35 percent to 50 percent of service members need corrective lenses, but eligibility for laser surgery depends on the type of eye problem and other medical factors. Initially, officials predicted that perhaps 30 percent of eligible troops would opt for the procedure. But given its increasing popularity, the figure may be 70 percent to 80 percent, Rimm said.

Walter Reed's refractive surgery center has corrected the vision of nearly 200 service members since opening in January. Soldiers who have had the procedure have given it rave reviews.

"It was 15 minutes, and I was out and seeing," said Spec. Antoine Flowers, assigned to a satellite control battalion at Fort Meade, while reporting for his one-week checkup. "This is the best thing since sliced bread. I can see."


©2002 The Washington Post Company
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Military Discount
Attention military personnel and families of military personnel!

Be sure to ask one of our surgical advisors about our military discount.
Call our office at (248) 855-6200, or toll-free, 1-800-826-EYES (3937). Please see the
article above announcing the U.S. Army's recent approval of LASIK.

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LASIK Vision Correction
by Robert D. Beitman, M.D.


Dr. Beitman co-authored this book in April of 2000 to provide a thorough understanding of LASIK vision correction for those considering the procedure. The book is a comprehensive look at what has made LASIK the procedure of choice among eye surgeons worldwide. The book explains refractive disorders and explains what refractive surgery is and how it works, allowing readers to make an educated choice about their decision. LASIK Vision Correction also covers how to choose a surgeon, presents patient testimonials, covers risks and complications and provides answers to commonly asked questions.

A copy of the book can be obtained at Barnes-&-Noble
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Beyond Glasses!
The Consumer's Guide to Laser Vision Correction
by Franette Armstrong



This book was recently featured in an article published in Better Homes & Garden Magazine.


Text on back cover
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By the writer/host of the PBS Documentary Beyond Glasses & Contacts, this book is the essential guide that has helped thousands find out if one of the new vision correction procedures is right for them.

Beyond Glasses! gives you the answers you need, and the questions you need to ask, before you make a decision that will change the way you see... forever:


A Resource Guide to the most experienced doctors in the U.S. and Canada - including those who offer procedures now in clinical trials [Dr. Beitman is one of the three surgeons listed in the book for Michigan].

A Complete Care Guide to help you get the best results, with the least possible discomfort and downtime.

A Complete Analysis of the possible side effects and complications - and whether you should worry about having them.

A Complete Comparison of procedures such as PRK, LASIK, LTK, RK, implantable contacts and rings, as well as the nonsurgical methods.

The True Stories of 35 real patients including stars and star athletes!

The Advice and Experience of over two dozen of the world's leading eye surgeons... the pioneers of vision correction.


A copy of this book can be obtained at Barnes-&-Noble!
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Dr. Beitman Selected to VISX® Star Surgeons Group

For the second consecutive year, Dr. Beitman was named to the 1999 VISX® Star Surgeons Group by the manufacturer of the Excimer laser. Dr. Beitman also received this recognition in 1998, the inaugural year of the program. As a member of this elite group, he is recognized as one of the top vision correction surgeons in the country, based on experience and results with the VISX® laser used in conjunction with vision correction surgery.
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