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Beitman Laser Eye Institute Selected to Host National Intralase Training Course
September 29, 2004
Birmingham Lion's Club Aided by Beitman Laser Eye Institute Sponsorship
September 27, 2004
Michigan's Leading Vision Correction Surgeon Anticipates FDA Approval of Implantable Lens for Severe Myopia
August 25, 2004
Beitman Laser Eye Institute's Director of Refractive Surgery Selected as Presenter at American Optometric Association's Annual Meeting in Orlando, Florida
June 10, 2004
First and Only FDA-Approved Vision Technology for Presbyopic Baby Boomers Now Available at the Beitman Laser Eye Institute
April 8, 2004
Dr. Beitman to Speak at Prestigious ASCRS Annual Conference
March 25, 2004
LASIK Welcomes "Mature Industry" Designation
February 27, 2004
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Beitman Laser Eye Institute Selected to Host National Intralase Training Course

Contact: Barbara Fornasiero
(248) 651-7536 or (586) 817-8414
eafocus@bignet.net


West Bloomfield, Mich. -- September 29, 2004 -- The Beitman Laser Eye Institute, under the direction of founder and Medical Director Dr. Robert D. Beitman, M.D., F.A.C.S., has been selected to host a national Intralase training session in its West Bloomfield office on Saturday, October 2, 2004. The session is sponsored by Irvine, California-based Intralase Corporation (www.intralase.com).

Intralase®, introduced in 2002, offers patients the first and only all-laser LASIK approach for safer, more precise corneal flaps without a blade. Intralase technology is the first step in ensuring an excellent outcome in LASIK surgery and is deemed the essential component of better vision by the world's leading laser surgeons. The Intralase course at the Beitman Laser Eye Institute involves review of surgical protocols, case studies and clinical results, and includes surgeons from around the country viewing a live LASIK surgery, conducted by Dr. Beitman, using Intralase technology.

An undisputed opinion leader in his field, Dr. Beitman was the first surgeon in Michigan to offer Intralase in 2002 and the first surgeon in Michigan to combine Intralase with the Wavescan® System for CustomVue vision correction beyond 20/20 in 2003.

Dr. Beitman participated in the FDA trials for the initial approval of LASIK in '95; in June 1996 he was the first surgeon to perform LASIK in Michigan. Dr. Beitman is consistently named among the nation's leading LASIK surgeons and is a sought after authority on technology and surgical techniques in vision correction. 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 ophthalmology. Dr. Beitman is a member of the International Society of Refractive Surgery and the American Society of Cataract and Refractive Surgery and is the founder and past president of the Michigan Keratorefractive Society.

For additional information on vision correction, please visit www.beitman.com.
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Birmingham Lion's Club Aided by Beitman Laser Eye Institute Sponsorship

Contact: Barbara Fornasiero
(248) 651-7536 or (586) 817-8414
eafocus@bignet.net


West Bloomfield, Mich. -- September 27, 2004 -- The Birmingham Lion's Club completed another successful run/walk yesterday to raise more than $15,000 for Leader Dogs for the Blind. The Birmingham Lion's Run, an annual community event held in downtown Birmingham, attracted over 500 participants.

The goal of the Birmingham Lion's Run is to raise funds to train leader dogs and eventually pair them with blind people for enhanced independence, mobility, and overall quality of life. The cost of the program, which operates from the Leader Dogs for the Blind campus in Rochester Hills and serves blind people from across the globe, can cost up to $20,000 per person. The run is made possible by participant fees, donations and numerous local sponsors, including the Beitman Laser Eye Institute, which is a four-year event sponsor.

Robert D. Beitman. M.D., F.A.C.S., founder and medical director of the Beitman Laser Eye Institute in West Bloomfield, is pleased to be among business and community supporters of Leader Dogs' initiatives.

"The Birmingham Lions' Run is an excellent way for the community and individuals to show their support for efforts that directly assist the blind," affirms Dr. Beitman. "It's an honor to be associated with an organization that continues to have a profoundly positive impact on those with limited or no sight."

Dr. Beitman is one of the nation's most highly acclaimed eye surgeons, celebrating nearly 25 years in the niche medical specialty of surgical vision correction.
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Michigan's Leading Vision Correction Surgeon Anticipates FDA Approval of Implantable Lens for Severe Myopia

Contact: Barbara Fornasiero
(248) 651-7536 or (586) 817-8414
eafocus@bignet.net


West Bloomfield, Mich. -- August 25, 2004 -- Robert D. Beitman. M.D., F.A.C.S., founder and medical director of the Beitman Laser Eye Institute in West Bloomfield, is expected to be among the first laser eye surgeons in Michigan to offer implantable lenses for severely nearsighted individuals. The new corrective eye surgery, using either a Visian or Verisyse lens, is expected to be approved by the FDA in the fourth quarter of 2004. The procedure was the subject of a FOX 2 Healthworks feature earlier this month. It is anticipated that the addition of the implantable lens to the menu of vision correction options will offer thousands of prospective patients who are not candidates for LASIK an opportunity to experience uncorrected 20/20 vision.

Dr. Beitman was among the first in Michigan to be trained with the implantable Visian lens earlier this year. At this point, the Visian lens is considered by Dr. Beitman and other eye surgeons to be the superior lens option, given its soft, foldable material and small incision requirement. According to an article in the August 17, 2004 issue of the Wall Street Journal, the Verisyse lens is made of hard plastic and requires a much larger incision than the Visian lens.

Dr. Beitman is one of the nation's most highly acclaimed eye surgeons, celebrating nearly 25 years in the niche medical specialty of surgical vision correction. The Beitman Laser Eye Institute was one of the first LASIK practices in the United States to offer wavefront technology via the VISX® WaveScan System for CustomVue laser vision correction following wavefront's FDA approval in May 2003. The use of wavefront guided technology produces superior LASIK outcomes with corrected vision potentially exceeding 20/20.
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Beitman Laser Eye Institute's Director of Refractive Surgery Selected as Presenter at American Optometric Association's Annual Meeting in Orlando, Florida

Contact: Barbara Fornasiero
(248) 651-7536 or (586) 817-8414
eafocus@bignet.net


West Bloomfield, Mich. -- June 10, 2004 -- Jeffrey E. Rautio, O.D., Director of Refractive Surgery at the Beitman Laser Eye Institute in West Bloomfield, has been selected to speak at the American Optometric Association's (www.aoa.org) annual conference, to be held from June 23 - June 27, 2004 in Orlando, Florida. Dr. Rautio's topic is entitled "Incorporating Wavefront Technology into an Optometric Practice."

Wavefront guided technology was developed with research garnered from the Hubbell space craft and captures a "fingerprint" of the eye which is 25 times more precise than what was previously measurable by standard methods. Wavefront moves beyond evaluation of nearsightedness, farsightedness, and astigmatism to capture other more specific imperfections in an individual's vision. This data is then used to generate a unique, individualized LASIK treatment plan referred to as custom cornea or custom ablation, which was approved by the FDA in May 2003. The use of wavefront guided technology produces superior LASIK outcomes with corrected vision potentially exceeding 20/20.

Dr. Rautio was among the first optometrists nationally in the late 1990's to parlay his optometric skills and training into the LASIK vision correction field. The Beitman Laser Eye Institute was one of the first LASIK practices in the United States to offer wavefront technology via the VISX® WaveScan System for CustomVue laser vision correction following wavefront's FDA approval.

Dr. Rautio holds a Doctor of Optometry degree from Ferris State University and a therapeutic certification for the treatment and management of eye disease. He is the author of several articles on sports-related eye injuries, macular degeneration, contact lens wear and LASIK.

Prior to joining the Beitman Laser Eye Institute in 2000, Dr. Rautio served as senior staff optometrist for Henry Ford Hospital and as team optometrist for the Detroit Lions.

The Beitman Laser Eye Institute, under the direction of founder and medical director Robert D. Beitman, M.D., F.A.C.S., is one of the nations most highly acclaimed and experienced vision correction surgeons. Dr. Beitman is celebrating nearly 25 years in the niche medical specialty of surgical vision correction. For additional information on LASIK and wavefront technology, please visit www.beitman.com.
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For Immediate Release: April 8, 2004
Contact: Barbara Fornasiero
(248) 651-7536 or (586) 817-8414
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First and Only FDA-Approved Vision Technology for Presbyopic Baby Boomers Now Available at the Beitman Laser Eye Institute
Dr. Robert Beitman, M.D., F.A.C.S., Founder and Medical Director of the Beitman Laser Eye Institute in West Bloomfield, is among the first in Michigan to offer NearVision CK - The Sole Procedure for Millions Who Want Freedom from Reading Glasses.
America's Most Prevalent Eye Condition: 90 Million Have or Will Develop Presbyopia.

WHAT: On March 16, 2004, the FDA approved the first and only vision technology that improves near vision in the millions of presbyopic baby boomers. Presbyopia (Greek for "aging eye") is the most prevalent eye condition in America, affecting most people by the age of 40 and everyone by age 51. LASIK isn't approved for it; neither are IOLs (intraocular lenses).

NearVision CK® (Conductive Keratoplasty®), performed using the ViewPoint™ CK System, is the first vision procedure specifically for baby boomers who are tired of the hassle and age-stigma of reading glasses.
Symptoms of presbyopia include difficulty with all forms of near vision, such as reading, ordering from a menu, checking a price tag, dialing a cell phone, or even doing hobby work. People affected by presbyopia often own multiple pairs of reading glasses (called "granny glasses," "readers" or "half eyes") and must rely on them for even the most mundane of daily tasks, like checking their watch.

WHY THIS IS NEWS
CK has become the fastest-growing new refractive procedure since the introduction of LASIK according to research firm Market Scope combined with sales data on file at Refractec.
Minimally invasive and painless, NearVision CK is performed in less than three minutes in the doctor's office with only eye-drop anesthesia. There is no cutting and no removal of tissue.
The procedure is laser-free and extremely safe. NearVision CK uses radio waves, instead of a laser or scalpel, to change the shape of the cornea and bring near vision back into focus.
You're a candidate for NearVision CK if you're 1) over age 40; 2) had great vision your whole life; and 3) rely on reading glasses to compensate for the loss of near vision.

HOW NearVision CK WORKS
NearVision CK is performed using a probe thinner than a strand of hair that releases radiofrequency energy. Applied to the cornea in a circular pattern, the radio waves shrink small areas of collagen to create a constrictive band (like tightening a belt), increasing the curvature of the cornea to improve near vision.

CLINICAL TRIAL DATA - *Collected at the 12-month follow-up data point
98 percent of patients could see J5 (magazine- and newspaper-size print) in the eye that was treated*
87 percent of patients could see 20/20 in the distance and also read J3 or phonebook-sized print (significantly smaller than news print) when using both eyes*
NO reported serious, sight-threatening or unanticipated safety events*

ABOUT DR. BEITMAN
Dr. Beitman is consistently named among the nation's leading LASIK surgeons based on experience and outcomes. He participated in the FDA trials for the initial approval of LASIK in 1995 and was the first surgeon to perform LASIK in Michigan. Dr. Beitman 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 ophthalmology.

Dr. Beitman is a member of the International Society of Refractive Surgery and the American Society of Cataract and Refractive Surgery and is the founder and past president of the Michigan Keratorefractive Society.


For additional information, please visit www.beitman.com or www.refractec.com.
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Dr. Beitman to Speak at Prestigious ASCRS Annual Conference

Contact: Barbara Fornasiero
(248) 651-7536 or (586) 817-8414
eafocus@bignet.net

West Bloomfield, Mich., March 25, 2004 -- Robert D. Beitman, M.D., F.A.C.S., founder and medical director of the Beitman Laser Eye Institute and a national opinion leader on vision correction surgery and technology trends, has been invited to speak on the advantages of Intralasik femtosecond technology in refractive/LASIK surgery at the annual American Society of Cataract and Refractive Surgeons (ASCRS) meeting in late April, 2004. The ASCRS Convention, held this year in San Diego, is a highly anticipated gathering of the nation's leading eye surgeons and is often used as a vehicle for introducing new technology and research study outcomes.

Dr. Beitman will be representing the Intralase Corporation as part of the Cataract & Refractive Surgery Today's "On The Edge" Seminar during ASCRS. The event was launched last year at ASCRS to showcase new technologies and modalities in cataract & refractive surgery.

Dr. Beitman is the first surgeon in Michigan to use the all laser IntraLASIK® procedure for safer, more precise corneal flaps without a blade. Further, Dr. Beitman is the first surgeon in Michigan to combine IntraLASIK with the Wavescan® System for CustomVue vision correction beyond 20/20.
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LASIK Welcomes "Mature Industry" Designation
21st Century Technology Advances Perfect LASIK Outcomes and Enhance Patient Satisfaction


Contact: Barbara Fornasiero
(248) 651-7536 or (586) 817-8414
eafocus@bignet.net


West Bloomfield, Mich., February 27, 2004 -- The 21st century has brought an array of technology upgrades to the LASIK vision correction procedure, heralding a new level of medical consumer acceptance and patient satisfaction. According to Robert D. Beitman, M.D., F.A.C.S., founder and medical director of the Beitman Laser Eye Institute in West Bloomfield, Michigan and a sought after advisor on national LASIK industry trends, the current status of LASIK in the medical field is that of a safe and respected procedure. In the Detroit market alone, an estimated 20,250 LASIK procedures were performed in 2002.

"Less than 10 years after its approval by the FDA, the LASIK market is now considered a mature industry," explains Dr. Beitman, who participated in the FDA trials for the initial approval of LASIK in 1995 and in June 1996 was the first surgeon to perform LASIK in Michigan. "That is a testament to the diligent enhancement efforts made by surgeons and LASIK hardware and software technology researchers and manufacturers, particularly in recent years."

According to Dr. Beitman, superior technology options made available since 2000 have virtually eliminated the initial complaints of early LASIK, such as halos and compromised night vision, and patients are making the decision to have LASIK with a new level of confidence.

Dr. Beitman cites the following significant LASIK Advances since 2000:

Custom cornea; uses wavefront guided technology to produce superior LASIK outcomes with corrected vision potentially exceeding 20/20 and night vision that may surpass best previously attainable night vision with glasses or contacts. The FDA approved VISX® CustomVue and related wavefront technologies in May 2003. The VISX WaveScan System for CustomVue captures a "fingerprint" of the eye 25 times more precise than what was previously measurable by standard methods. WaveScan moves beyond evaluation of nearsightedness, farsightedness, and astigmatism to capture other more specific imperfections in an individual's vision. This data is then used to generate a unique, individualized treatment for the CustomVue procedure.
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IntraLASE®; all-laser technology for safer, more precise corneal flaps without a blade, introduced in Michigan in 2002.
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Variable spot scanning software; an advanced method to correct farsightedness, introduced in 2000.
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Technologically advanced laser systems introduced in 2002, such as the VISX Star S4, that are FDA-approved for the widest range of corrections and may allow patients who were previously considered non-candidates due to thinner corneas and other related conditions to now have LASIK.

Dr. Beitman was named to LaserVision Centers, Inc. Top 5 Surgeons list for 2002, a list of the nation's leading LASIK surgeons based on volume. He was the first surgeon to perform LASIK in Michigan. Dr. Beitman 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 ophthalmology. He is a member of the International Society of Refractive Surgery and the American Society of Cataract and Refractive Surgery and is the founder and past president of the Michigan Keratorefractive Society.

For additional information on L
ASIK vision correction, please visit www.beitman.com, www.VISX.com, and www.intralase.com.

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