Phillips Eye Institute and Minneapolis Eye Surgery

The mission of an eye institute is to prolong and protect the vision of local citizens by conducting and performing research into treating and preventing diseases that affect the eye or vision–this is the Phillips Eye Institute.

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Phillips Eye Institute and eye surgery in Minneapolis

Claris Eye Care & Surgery is one of Minneapolis’s largest providers of vision and eye care services and we are committed to treating the eye care needs of patients of all ages. We are a unique ophthalmic specialty center that offers a united mission to help our patients address health concerns related to their eyes. Our uniquely placed offices- right next door to the Phillips Eye Institute- and our extensive services are all incorporated into a patient-focused care experience.

The Phillips Eye Institute

Dr. Carlson performs all eye surgery procedures exclusively at the highly specialized Phillips Eye Institute in Minnesota. From around the corner to around the world people come to the Phillips Eye Institute for an array of services, from diagnostic tests and vision rehabilitation to laser eye treatments and specialized laser eye surgery using the latest technology like the femtosecond laser.

Phillips Eye Institute, the product of a creative vision of many people put together, was designed to function as a freestanding eye specialty center associated with Mount Sinai Medical Center. Developed by and for ophthalmologists. The dream of this unique facility was realized in large part thanks to Jay Phillips who was the main benefactor of Mount Sinai Hospital and a strong supporter of Mount Sinai’s Division of Ophthalmology. It is because of his generous philanthropic support that The Phillips Eye Institute bears his name. Continue Reading…

Claris Helps Reduce the Risk of Diabetic Eyes


Did you know that diabetes is also a disorder of the eye? It’s true. In addition diabetic eyes also known as diabetic retinopathy often has no early warning signs. Don’t wait for symptoms. Reduce your risk with Claris Eye Care & Surgery. Be sure to come into Claris to have a comprehensive dilated eye exam at least once a year.

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Claris Eye Care and Surgery Diabetic Eye Exams

Diabetes, (which is a disorder of metabolism), results in excessively high levels of glucose in the blood. Most frequently the very earliest sign of diabetes is actually reflected by a change in vision that is caused by the elevated blood sugar affecting your metabolism which is called diabetic eyes. Fortunately, this is a completely treatable condition, IF you come into Claris for an eye exam! Eye exams can also find some eye diseases, such as glaucoma, that have no symptoms. It’s important to find these diseases early on, when they’re easier to treat. Continue Reading…

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Where to go in Minneapolis: Cataract Surgery at Claris


Cataract Surgery at Claris Eye Care & Surgery

When you want to know where to go in Minneapolis for the best possible eye care, state of the art equipment, years of experience and surgery for cataracts the choice is clear- Claris. Claris Eye Care & Surgery is the number one recommended Minneapolis cataracts specialists.

According to recent statistics, more than 20 million adults in the U.S. have developed cataracts, making it the number one cause of poor vision in the country. Cataracts are specifically the leading cause of vision loss among adults age 60 and older, making everyday activities increasingly difficult- as if they aren’t already difficult enough!

It can be difficult to hear that you have cataracts and hard to know what to expect. Claris will walk you through every step of the way so you can rest assured that you are in good hands. At the Claris Eye Care & Surgery in Minneapolis, we are using the most up to date technology and provide helpful information about cataracts, including: consultations, treatment and cataract surgery. Continue Reading…

Femtosecond Laser for Cataract Surgery


Femtosecond Laser for Cataract Surgery

Let’s not blur things over: It’s time to get “Claris clear” about the hottest trend in cataract surgery: Femtosecond Laser.

There have been several transcending upgrades and enhancements to femtosecond laser procedures used for the treatment of cataracts, thanks to the newest LENSAR Laser System with Augmented Reality.

Cataract surgery is currently the most common outpatient operation, with a very high success rate. That is because at Claris Eye Care & Surgery Dr. Keith Carlson is using the most cutting edge technology- specifically The LENSAR Laser System. Designed for safety, comfort and accuracy, this femtosecond Laser assisted cataract surgery can create incisions with exactitude, while actually softening the cataract lens and decreasing postoperative healing time. In fact, one out of every four of our patients is requesting treatment with this new technology that has reached the paragon of sophistication. Continue Reading…

Claris: The Best For Botox in Minneapolis…Blink & It’s Gone

The Best for Botox in Minneapolis


The Best Botox for Eyes in Minneapolis

Are you ready to blink and have your wrinkles be gone? Then you should call Claris to become “Botox beautiful” today. Because Claris Eye Care & Surgery is the top choice for Botox in Minneapolis. We also happen to have some specials, to make your holidays even happier!

Claris Beautiful With Botox

Wouldn’t you like to know how to look years younger, quickly and easily? Continue Reading…

It’s Holiday Time in Minnesota: Get Filled Up on Dermal Fillers!


Dermal Fillers: Everything you need to know.

Dermal Fillers

This Holiday Season, take a look into the next facial frontier with fillers at Claris Eye Care & Surgery. Dermal fillers are a safe and highly effective way to not only turn back the hands of time, with a more youthful looking face but to weather the storm over seasonal indulgences!

You want to look your best at all your holiday parties this year and the face is the focus of human interaction. In fact, it is commonly accepted that facial appearance can have far reaching effects on self- esteem or even our careers. Did you know that plumping up a downturned mouth creates a cheerier expression and therefore a more positive outlook? Neither did I! Continue Reading…

Laser Eye Surgery With Claris

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Laser Eye Surgery with Claris Eye Care & Surgery

A number of years ago, laser eye surgery used to seem like a last resort- something most people worried about and put off and therefore neglected. However, nowadays there is no stigma attached to needing laser eye surgery.  The advent of more efficient and modern techniques and technology have brought with them major clarity and the ability to work with laser precision.

Reflecting the growing popularity of laser eye surgery meant that even the language used for laser eye surgery had to change, as the term “surgery” is usually a little intimidating.  Surgeries are now called “Corrective Procedures” and among these remedies are treatments like LASIK, PRK, Visian ICL and many more, all under the umbrella of what is now called “laser vision correction.”

The dynamic field of laser eye surgery has brought Claris Eye Care & Surgery to the forefront of specialized medicine.  Our specialties are lasik, botox, glaucoma, cataracts, laser treatment, general eye care and so much more. We pay attention to every detail and clearly, at Claris, the most important detail is you. Continue Reading…

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The Latest Advances in Laser Eye Surgery

If you are interested in having laser eye surgery in Minneapolis, there has never been a better time than right now. The latest advancements have made laser eye surgery more precise, efficient, and affordable than in years past, and Claris Eye Care & Surgery is here to help you see your way to a clearer future.

Although laser eye surgery was popularized around 15 years ago and considered a miraculous procedure even then, the newest techniques in modern medicine continue to
innovate providing new and exciting advancements. Today eye care specialists are relying on the efficacy and accuracy of this cutting edge technology. These beneficial advancements for laser eye surgery patients have made it one of the most popular surgical procedures in the United States.

Laser eye surgery refers to any surgical procedure used to correct vision problems. Refractive laser eye surgery is also called laser vision correction and refers to those procedures that correct poor vision due to nearsightedness, farsightedness, and astigmatism. Some of these laser vision correction surgeries work by reshaping the cornea so that light traveling through it is properly focused onto the retina located in the back of the eye. Others involve replacing the eye’s natural lens. The three most common types of laser eye surgeries are called LASIKLASEK, and PRK.

Here are some of the areas of progression and advancement in the field of laser vision correction:

Wavefront Technology

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WaveFront Mapping for Laser Eye Surgery

Incredibly accurate pictures of the cornea can be taken by using light waves and mapping the corneal surface as the waves bounce back. This procedure, known as wavefront technology, can detect incredibly small imperfections allowing a surgeon to be even more precise. At the Claris Eye Care & Surgery in Minneapolis, LASIK, PRK and LASEK are performed with the addition of computer imaging called WaveScan®, a digital technology that identifies and measures imperfections in eyes 25 times more precisely than standard methods. Dr. Carlson utilizes the VISX STAR S4 IR laser, the most advanced laser technology platform available today. By integrating data collected by the WaveScan® Wavefront system, the STAR S4 IR utilizes exclusive VISX technology to deliver precise custom laser surgery. The powerful WaveScan® software then translates the information into a set of CustomVue® treatment instructions for the laser, driving a new level of precision and accuracy. Continue Reading…

Minneapolis, Fend off Crow’s Feet with SkinMedica® and Botox


Say Goodbye to Crow’s Feet

The wrinkles in the outer corners of the eyes can flatteringly be called “laugh lines” or “character lines,” but it’s their other name – crow’s feet – that seems to better describe them. While their resemblance to the real thing is uncanny, those pesky wrinkles may have actually been named after an embroidery stitch in the form of a filled triangle.

Interestingly, a Crow’s Foot stitch is often used in tailoring to strengthen a garment at a point of strain. Unfortunately, crow’s feet wrinkles signal that the fragile, thin skin around our eyes has lost strength. They reflect hours, days and years of regular strain – the inevitable signs of aging. Continue Reading…