LEI: The LASIK Institute for Better Vision

Laser Eye Institute (LEI) is one of the leading corrective vision institutes in the USA and it’s right in your backyard! In fact, in 2021, Dr. Haddad was ranked as the #1 SMILE surgeon in the entire country. Who better to trust with your vision? 

We’re committed to treating each patient like an individual, bringing our full attention and decades of expertise to bear for each patient. Everyone who enters Laser Eye Institute’s door will receive a custom mode of vision correction that considers each person’s occupation and lifestyle needs. LEI will never compromise a patient’s well-being for any reason and uses the most advanced diagnostic and laser technology to ensure the best outcomes possible. All of this is carried out by our amazing team who has decades of training and decades more of experience in vision correction.

Ways LEI Can Help Improve Vision

Laser Eye Institute has three different treatments (LASIK, SMILE, and PRK) as well as tree unique laser systems (Visumax, MEL80, EX500)  available to best treat each patient according to their needs


Laser-Assisted In Situ Keratomileusis is one of the most popular corrective vision procedures because of its simplicity. With LASIK, a thin flap of the outer layer of the cornea is temporarily removed to expose the tissue underneath. Once the flap is peeled back, a laser reshapes the cornea in a process called ablation. LEI only uses the bladeless version of LASIK to promote a shorter recovery time. The whole surgery takes around 15 minutes and patients are normally able to return to daily activities the next day.

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Small Incision Lenticule Extraction is the latest generation of corrective vision procedures that is even less invasive than LASIK. Instead of creating a flap on the cornea, Dr. Dan Haddad uses the laser to cut a small disk-like section of the cornea (called the lenticule) without creating any flaps. Then a microscopic incision is made to remove the small lenticule. This method is significantly less invasive compared to LASIK. SMILE has the shortest recovery time of all the different corrective procedures and only takes around five minutes per eye to complete.


Photorefractive Keratectomy is an incision-less corrective vision procedure. PRK starts with chemically removing the epithelial cells (outer layer) of the cornea with an aqueous solution. The solution is localized to the cornea to prevent damage to the rest of the eye. Once this layer of epithelial cells comes free, a laser is used to reshape the surface of the eye to improve vision. Since the outer layer of the cornea has been removed, a contact lens bandage is applied to the eye to promote healing. While PRK is the least invasive of the three surgeries, it also paradoxically has the longest recovery period

The LEI Difference

In everything we do, Laser Eye Institute is marked by our uncompromising commitment to excellence and patient satisfaction. From the moment our patients walk into LEI, they can feel the difference. LEI has three different laser platforms which helps us fit the treatment to you rather than making you fit to the treatment. The other aspects of our care are also similarly patient-oriented. Laser Eye Institute doesn’t charge for extras or add-ons–our focus is entirely on the patient’s well-being.

Our Doctors

Dr. Haddad and Dr. Rautio are the two physicians leading the fight against poor vision at Laser Eye Institute. Dr. Haddad is a native New Yorker who earned his medical degree from New York Medical College and trained in his specialty at Wayne State University. In 1987, Dr. Haddad founded the Laser Eye Institute to bring the latest in laser vision correction to the people of Southeastern Michigan. Dr. Haddad has consistently been at the forefront of vision correction technology, even developing the Custom RK procedure in the mid-90s which became the gold standard for patient safety and procedure success.

Real Patients. Real Stories.

Testimonials from patients sharing their Laser Eye Institute experience.

Dr. Rautio joined Dr. Haddad and the Laser Eye Institute in 2017. Having graduated from the Michigan College of Optometry at Ferris State University, Dr. Rautio has been providing pre- and post-operative care for patients for over three decades. Dr. Rautio also specializes in the medical diagnosis and management of eye disease, glaucoma, and diabetes. One of the most exciting parts of Dr. Rautio’s career was when he served as the Detroit Lion’s team optometrist for 9 years from 1991-2000.

Schedule an Appointment

If you’re considering LASIK, SMILE or PRK, consider contacting Laser Eye Institute and setting up your free consultation today. Not ready to commit to a consultation just yet? Schedule a 15-minute phone call with a LASIK, SMILE, or PRK coordinator to find out which is right for you.

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David Lemieux, BA from Oakland University is a LASIK expert and marketing professional that has worked with Dr. Dan Haddad and the Laser Eye Institute since 2017. David believes in education and cutting through the noise to deliver facts and opinions about LASIK, SMILE, and all things Laser Vision Correction.