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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…

A Vision for You: Best Doctor Dr. Keith Carlson in Minneapolis

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Dr. Carlson of Claris Eye Care & Surgery in Minneapolis

Whether on the lookout for a doctor in Minneapolis for laser vision correction such as LASIK or PRK, cataract treatment, or other laser eye surgery, Dr. Keith Carlson is the best doctor out there! Dr. Carlson is considered one of the best ophthalmic physicians in the nation receiving a variety of honors including being listed by Best Doctors* and selected as a “Top Doc” by Minneapolis St. Paul Magazine for a third year.

The Claris Vision

A visionary is described as someone being marked by foresight and imagination. Being tapped into the trends of modern medicine, Dr. Carlson felt that many aspects of patient care were being lost, and he had a vision for a new and improved quality eye care practice. Claris Eye Care & Surgery, owned and operated by Dr. Keith Carlson, was established in 2009 in Minneapolis, Minnesota, and was created to bring a renewed focus on patient needs and care. Continue Reading…

For Minneapolis Skin Care Secrets, Look No Further!

Claris Eye Care & Surgery of Minneapolis is now providing a medically supervised skin care regimen for our patients.

Your skin condition has many components, such as color and texture. As we age, collagen production diminishes, skin thins, and elasticity decreases causing facial sagging, fine lines and wrinkles.  Rough, dry or oily skin, abnormal skin pigmentation, or fine wrinkles can give you a tired or aged look. Claris Eye Care & Surgery can improve rough skin texture and fine wrinkles with chemical peels, while dry or oily skin and irregular skin coloration can be improved with the prescription strength skin regimen of SkinMedica®, SkinMedica® advanced skin care products are scientifically formulated and clinically tested to rejuvenate skin and help rekindle your skin’s youthful appearance, so you can look and feel great.

SkinMedica® Products

SkinMedica® medical grade skin care products are the result of almost two decades of research and clinical experience.  With scientifically proven ingredients such as growth factors, retinoic and alpha hydroxy acids, and antioxidants, they can enhance the natural appearance of your skin and help to prevent free radical damage.

Chemical and illuminating peels are used to refresh skin texture, reduce fine lines, tighten and improve skin texture. They are also able to diminish skin discoloration, such as sunspots, age spots, and melasma. Mild scarring and certain types of acne can also be treated with chemical peels. During these treatments, a chemical solution is applied to the skin, removing old cells and revealing new cells that form a smoother, less wrinkled, and more even skin tone.

The Minneapolis Office for SkinMedica Medical-Grade Cosmetics

skin careDr. Keith Carlson of Claris Eye Care & Surgery in Minneapolis is a highly skilled and board-certified ophthalmologist who opened Claris with the intent of highlighting customer service. Part of that service includes being able to perform blepharoplasty and ptosis repair surgical procedures to correct eyelid drooping most commonly associated with aging. To further meet his clients’ needs, he has included nonsurgical cosmetic facial treatments. The combination of both surgical and nonsurgical cosmetic facial services makes Claris and Dr. Carlson uniquely qualified to help clients counteract the normal effects of aging by creating a natural, healthier, more youthful appearance.

All of our products are part of a medically supervised skin care regimen. For optimal results, consult the staff at Claris Eye Care & Surgery to help you determine which treatment regimen is best for you based on your skin condition, previous procedures and lifestyle.

Ordering SkinMedica® Products Online or by Phone

If you don’t have time to stop by our office or we don’t have the product you’d like to try in stock, simply login or create a new account and login at, then place your order!

When ordering:

  1. Brilliant Distinctions rewards members will be asked for their Brilliant Distinctions account number (you can also login within this site to retrieve it)
  2. When you are prompted to put in the name of a physician’s office to complete your order, you can put in the zip code 55404 and search for Keith Carlson or enter Keith Carlson in the physician/clinic locator section.
  3. If you haven’t signed up for Brilliant Distinctions yet, it will prompt you to do so, and we highly recommend you do this to receive money off towards future Allergan product purchases.

In the end, vanity is really a good thing: if you are worried about your appearance, then you are probably motivated to eat correctly, maintain a good body weight, exercise, and get enough sleep. Remember, your appearance reflects what’s happening on the inside as well, so if you’re not taking care of yourself – if you’re not getting enough sleep, eating poorly, and not exercising, then you will probably notice negative, visible changes in your appearance.

Visit Claris today for a consultation of your aesthetic and rejuvenation needs and discuss whether SkinMedica® medical grade cosmetic would make a great addition to your daily Minneapolis regimen. Erase the beginning signs of aging now, and begin to feel better by tomorrow. Claris is only a phone call away: 612.775.8009.

Discover Dermal Fillers at Claris Eye Care & Surgery in Minneapolis

Spring is in the air in Minneapolis and everywhere, which means getting out into the sunshine! Because sun exposure decreases hyaluronic acid, this is a great time of year to consider dermal fillers.

Face down those under-eye circles, thinning lips, and facial contours thanks to dermal fillers and volume replacement with Juvederm®. Juvederm®’s secret weapon is hyaluronic acid—a complex sugar that occurs naturally in the body and develops the volume and elasticity of the skin. Dermal fillers containing hyaluronate proteins are used to replace the natural proteins lost with age and add volume, taking years off your appearance. The procedure is fast and nearly painless, and results can last for over a year.

Minneapolis Dermal Fillers

Claris Eye Care & Surgery of Minneapolis cares about keeping your eyes healthy and also about you being happy with what you see. Claris invites you to take a look into the next facial frontier: facial volumizing with dermal fillers. Dermal fillers are a safe and highly effective way to not only turn back the hands of time for a more youthful looking face but also to treat more serious conditions, such as lipoatrophy (the loss of fat in the face) and deeply pitted acne scars. Dermal fillers temporarily add volume to your skin, alleviate facial wrinkles, and give the appearance of a smoother surface.

As always, Claris is at the forefront of technology, even when it comes to cosmetic medicine. That’s why they’ve elected to use Juvederm® Ultra XC and Juvederm® Ultra Plus XC, two formulations enjoyed by Canadians and Europeans for years and now available to patients in the United States. Dr. Carlson performs all cosmetic treatments at Claris Eye Care & Surgery to ensure the highest quality treatment results. Juvederm® is available in two strengths: Ultra & Ultra Plus; Ultra Plus is thicker and better suited for deeper, more defined wrinkles, folds, and lines.

The most commonly treated areas of the face are

  • Glabellar Lines (frown lines)
  • Nasolabial folds (smile lines)
  • Crow’s feet (usually used in conjunction with a muscle relaxant like Botox)
  • Horizontal forehead wrinkles
  • Lip wrinkles
  • Thinning lips
  • Downturned mouth
  • Dark circles under the eyes

What to Expect During and After Dermal Filler Treatment

JUVÉDERM® treatments are relatively pain-free: a topical numbing cream is often applied to the area prior to the injection. If requested, treatments may be performed with an injected local anesthetic for complete comfort. The process takes approximately 30 minutes to 1 hour depending on the number of treatment areas. Results are immediate and last up to one year. Recovery time is quick and easy with Juvederm® as well. Patients are usually able to return to normal activity the same day as their procedure. However, strenuous exercise, excessive heat, and alcohol should be avoided to help minimize any risks to the injection areas.

Most side effects are mild or moderate in nature, and their duration is short-lasting (7 days or less). The most common side effects include, but are not limited to, temporary injection site reactions, such as redness, pain/tenderness, firmness, swelling, lumps/bumps, bruising, itching, and discoloration. As with all skin injection procedures, there is a risk of infection. Since JUVÉDERM® is made of the same hyaluronic acid found in our bodies, allergic reactions are rare, and normal activities can be resumed as soon as the treatment is completed.

Time to Turn that Frown Upside Down

The face is the focus of human interaction. It is commonly accepted that facial appearance can have far reaching effects on self- esteem or even our careers. Reportedly the highest percentage of repeat customers for cosmetic rejuvenation is those who have enjoyed the benefits of treatment with Juverderm® dermal fillers.  Whether it’s medically necessary, you want to delay the outward appearance of aging, or you simply want to look your best, now is the right time to come in to Claris in Minneapolis and let them give you something to smile about!

If you have questions about Dermal Fillers or would like to schedule a treatment, please contact us at 612.775.8009 or by email at