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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…

Don’t Let Cataracts Make You Mr. Magoo

We are all pretty stubborn when it comes to accepting our age, and all the age-related changes that our bodies go through. I think this was best depicted with the cartoon character Mr. Magoo, who would get into comical situations as a result of his MPS1nearsightedness- compounded by his very stubborn refusal to admit the problem! Mr. Magoo would get out of his unfortunate situations with uncanny luck, but let’s face facts, we ‘real life’ characters don’t often see this happening.

Beginning around the age of 40, the natural lens inside the eye begins to harden and become less flexible- reducing the eye’s ability to switch focus from near, far, in between, and back again. By age 50 almost everyone loses their ability to read comfortably without glasses. And most people over the age of 60 experience some level of blurry vision due to cataracts.

If your quality of life is being affected by cataracts or presbyopia, and you yearn to gain independence from glasses for the first time in your life- don’t be a Magoo! Now is the time to talk to your doctor about treatment options.

Recent FDA approvals in multifocal intraocular lenses (IOLs) are being appreciated nationwide by physicians, for their long-term clinical results and unmatched stability. For people who have cataracts, there is a procedure available to remove the clouded natural lens of the eye, and replace it with an advanced IOL. These unique implantable lenses significantly improve vision after cataract surgery in addition to correcting presbyopia.

Claris offers the most up to date versions of the highest quality multifocal lenses- ReSTOR® and Toric® by Alcon and Tecnis® by AMO. These products use diffractive lens designs, which change the way light is directed- depending on the different zones in the lens. Some correct for distance vision and astigmatism while others correct for both distance and near vision. Clinical trial results have shown that having these lenses can result in 20/25 or better distance vision, and 20/32 or better near vision for 93% of study participants.

When you work with Claris, the price quoted for the surgical insertion of an IOL is the price you pay- additional enhancement procedures are covered for one year after the surgery. Contact Claris if you have questions about a multifocal lens procedure or pricing, or need help with financing.

Enjoy an active lifestyle, freedom from glasses and improved vision! Contact Claris today at 612.775.8009 or email them at

And by the way, if you DO actually remember the cartoon Mr. Magoo… chances are, it may be time to schedule an eye exam!!!

New Year, New You | Minneapolis Eye Surgery

I don’t know about you, but for me, this time of year gets me thinking about “the list” of all the things I haven’t “taken care of”. And for some reason, a yearly eye exam, products to keep me healthy and looking my best and updating my prescriptions are usually -still on this list.

So, this year I’ve decided enough is enough. Minneapolis Eye Care New YearsI’m starting the New Year off with a new point of view and I’m getting my friends, family and you dear reader in on it too!

It’s the gift-giving season right? Maybe this year we can give ourselves, and/or our loved ones the most precious gift of all- the gift of sight.

Taking care of aging eyes, enjoying an active lifestyle with the freedom from glasses or simply looking our best is really not that difficult. At Minneapolis Eye Surgery and Claris Eye Care you can go in for an eye exam, where they can evaluate the health of your eyes- testing for glaucoma, cataracts and macular degeneration. You can also get a new prescription for glasses, buy products, enjoy a more youthful look with Botox and dermal fillers or even finally have that Lasik or Lasek procedure done.

Perhaps you happen to be one those rare people who have been on top of your own eye care? Then here are some suggestions for thoughtful gift ideas- to give to those who aren’t thinking about  the health of their eyes- all made available to you through Claris Eye Care and Surgery:

* PRN Physician Recommended Nutriceuticals are distributed through the recommendation of physician partners. They are highly purified & concentrated fish oil formulas high in Omega 3’s developed to target specific conditions.


* OCuSOFT foam cleansers are the key to treating irritated, itchy, inflamed eyelashes, called Blepharitis. If you or a loved one suffer from this, the key to treating it is to keep up with good eyelid hygiene.

* LATISSE is a superior solution used if you have inadequate or not enough eyelashes. Used by growing number of satisfied customers, LATISSE helps to grow thicker, darker and longer eyelashes. Now who wouldn’t like that?

* VIVITE SKIN CARE SYSTEM is a medical grade skin care system based on exclusive GLX Technology that is clinically proven to help rejuvenate and protect the skin. It includes 4 daily anti aging products in addition to a collection of specific products for eyes, lips and body.

* BOTOX and Dermal Fillers are a simple, convenient way to age gracefully and are used to reduce fine wrinkles in the face and to replace the hyaluronic acid your skin has lost. They provide an effective natural looking result. This is the kind of gift that will definitely keep you coming back for more.

** Special Offer **

Claris is one of the few offices that offers the BRILLIANT DISTINCTIONS PROGRAM.

By becoming a member you can earn points each time you purchase BOTOX, JUVEDERM, LATISSE or VIVITE. You can redeem these points for big saving on future products or procedures, or you can make a difference in someone else’s life by donating your points to Dress For Success and the Make-A-Wish Foundation.

* LASIK and LASEK are the perfect gift for a focus that is more about improvement rather than maintenance.  Dr. Carlson utilizes the VISX STAR S4 IR laser, which represents the most advanced laser technology platform available today. And now you can see better and save money! Visit the Claris website to find out how to receive $200 off per eye on Laser Vision Correction.

* Multifocal Lenses now make it possible to achieve both distance and near vision without glasses after cataract surgery. Reduce the signs of the aging eye, Presbyopia and Cataracts, with these unique implantable lenses. Find joy for yourself or your loved ones in being able to see everything and everyone more clearly.

This year let’s do it right and protect our most valuable sense- our sight.
New year.
New point of view.
Now it’s up to you!

Yearly Eye Exam | Claris Eye Care

We’ve all heard the old English proverb that “The eyes are the window to the soul”, but did you know that your eyes are also truly a window to your body?! Having an annual eye exam can alert your physician to a number of serious underlying diseases, like multiple sclerosis, diabetes or even a brain tumor. As with any other health related issue, early detection is critical for preventative measures to be taken.
Claris is here for you.

At some point in our lives, we’ve all thought it would be interesting to see into our future, right?

Well here’s a future prediction for those of you who don’t make routine yearly eye exams: Failure to take care of your eyes properly, will likely lead to more suffering, cost and possible health issues in your future…There are social, occupational and costly consequences of poor vision and vision loss or blindness.
A survey done by Lighthouse International, a nationwide survey, predicts a “rising prevalence in sight robbing diseases like age-related macular degeneration and diabetic retinopathy that will leave some 61 million Americans at high risk of vision loss”. It also showed that only a small percentage of those MOST at risk get the yearly exam. Hmmm.

So who’s “at risk”?

  • After the age of 40 (hello, been there, done that) having a routine annual eye exam is a generally good idea. At around age 60, it is absolutely recommended because of the increased risk in developing glaucoma, macular degeneration, cataracts and other eye diseases.
  • Diabetes is the third leading cause of blindness in the U.S. If you have diabetes, an annual eye exam should be mandatory.
  • Contact lens wearers need to have a lens evaluation and eye exam annually. Obviously making sure your prescription is up –to- date is important, but your eye doctor also needs to inspect for any small complications related to wearing contact lenses-like curvature of the cornea or abnormal blood vessel growth.
  • Lastly, if you have other chronic medical problems such as allergies, hypertension or arthritis you really should schedule an eye exam annually. I can actually put myself in this category, as I have Rheumatoid Arthritis. My eyes were bothering me, beyond just allergy type symptoms, and I found out, thanks to an eye exam, that I now have, essentially, arthritis in my eyes! There are measures I can take, and of course it’s kind of a drag to have “one more thing to take care of”. However, there is no quantifiable way to measure peace of mind.

What can you expect from an eye exam?

A standard, comprehensive ophthalmic exam is a series of tests that check your eyesight, neurological functions, eye muscle coordination, eye pressure and general health of the internal and external eye structures. The tests cause no pain or discomfort. You will need to avoid eyestrain on the day of the test, and may need some time before driving if the doctor uses eye drops to dilate your pupils.
After reviewing any current issues, your eye care history and overall health/medication questions, the technician and/or doctor will check your visual acuity reading letters on a chart and will then place several lenses in front of your eyes to see if you need glasses. Other parts of the exam may include the following tests:

  • To see if you have proper three-dimensional vision.
  • To check your peripheral vision.
  • To check your eye muscles by asking you to look in different directions at a penlight , as well as checking to see that they constrict properly to light.
  • To check the retina and nearby blood vessels, back of the eye and optic nerve area- using a magnifying glass that has a light on the end.
  • And possibly to check for glaucoma and Color blindness.

Vision is one of your most precious senses and having good eyesight greatly improves your quality of life. So dear readers, it’s worth repeating:
A yearly eye exam can detect a vision or other health related problem and therefore prevent or even reverse it’s progression!

Don’t delay, call Claris and make your appointment at 612.775.8009 or by email at today.