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…

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…

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…

Look Out Minnesota! At Claris, LASIK is better than ever

In Minneapolis, for the best quality eye care, the best customer service and the top eye surgeon in the state of Minnesota for LASIK, you need not look any further- Claris Eye Care & Surgery stands alone.

Thanks to the Internet and readily available information at our fingertips, we can now research the best possible person to go to for all of our health needs and issues. Look up Dr. Carlson and Claris Eye Care & Surgery and you will see numerous accreditations, amazing referrals and background information pertaining to why Claris is the best choice for LASIK in Minneapolis.

LASIK With Dr. Keith Carlson

Recently a friend who lives in the northwest region of the U.S. asked me if I knew of a trusted, qualified and experienced LASIK surgeon I could recommend. I said of course, Dr. Keith Carlson is highly recognized as one of the best!

After going online and spending probably too much time obsessing, (the internet is great for that), my friend called me back and said Dr.Keith Carlson - minneapolis, st. paul lasik eye surgeon“ Wow, Dr. Carlson and Claris is hands down looking like the best place for me to go for my LASIK”.

Dr. Keith Carlson created his own practice, Claris Eye Care & Surgery, to bring a renewed focus on patient needs and care. Since it’s inception, every day, every step has been taken to insure they follow through in their mission to “ Improve Vision and Promote Healing”.

What brings loyal patients and referrals in to Claris is the incredible training, experience, accomplishments, and accolades of Dr. Keith Carlson. For nearly 20 years, thousands of patients have trusted Dr. Carlson with their eyes. He is a Mayo Clinic trained and board-certified ophthalmologist. Dr. Carlson was among the first to work in laser vision correction, having begun before the opening of today’s mega-surgery centers. He is one of the most highly experienced vision correction specialists in the region. Thousands of pairs of Minnesota eyes see better today because of his abilities. Dr. Carlson holds a long list of certifications, including LASIK, LASEK, VISX, Custom Wavefront Laser Vision Correction, and small incision multi-focal intraocular lens surgery with ReSTOR and ReZoom IOLs.

The Best LASIK At Claris

Why choose LASIK at Claris? One of the many features that makes Claris the best choice for LASIK in the Minneapolis/ St. Paul region is the VISX STAR S4 IR- the most advanced laser technology available today. Used exclusively at Phillips Eye Institute, this Wave Scan based digital technology identifies and measures imperfections in your eyes 25 times more precisely than standard methods.

Wondering how to make LASIK an affordable option? Money shouldn’t be the reason you’re putting off having the iLASIK Procedure. Always look at what is included in the price and the reputation of the doctor and medical facility.  At Claris, you are getting the most experienced, technologically advanced and fully inclusive care in the Minneapolis & St. Paul area. Financing is available, and NOW you can also see better and save money. Here’s how:

  • Claris Eye Care and Surgery can help you with financing through Care Credit, and many times the payments can be as low as $93 a month (*Based on $3.900 fees at 14.9% APR over 60 months.)
  • When we surveyed consumers, they admitted that they were confused about the pricing of laser vision correction surgery; what’s more, they were suspicious about advertisements that touted “on sale” LASIK.
  • A few facts about the iLASIK Procedure:
    • A customized procedure as advanced as the iLASIK Procedure typically cannot be done for $500
    • Your iLASIK Procedure fees will typically range between $2,000 to $3,000 per eye, or on average $5,000 per individual
    • This price usually includes all of the pre-surgery evaluation and post-surgery follow-up exams

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(Allina employee discount, save $500 per eye on LVC; Military and MERSC Employees discount, save $300 per eye on LVC)

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For convenience, comfort and better vision, call Claris today to find out about the best LASIK in the Minneapolis/St. Paul area. At Claris, your choice is 612.775.8009.

It’s About Time, Book your Eye Consultation Today!

We live in an extremely “Time” obsessed culture…
“ What time is it? ”
“ We’re running out of time! ”
“ Time is money! ”
“ Time flies! “

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Worrying about time and being “ time efficient ” are two totally different things. We’ve all found ourselves saying, “Hey, it’ll kill two birds with one stone” (another time obsessed statement btw) and being genuinely excited because this usually means more outcome for less effort.

When going to most doctors’ offices for a consultation, like most of you I have found that it is only a very cursory discussion of what might be some options for whatever is going on with my health. I then have to return for a “real” exam, and then usually tons of follow up tests etc… only to find that after the procedure is done, I end up back in the doctors office many times for a multitude of reasons!

However, at Claris, Dr. Carlson spends more time UPFRONT during eye consultations and with diagnostic testing to insure that they achieve the very best surgical outcomes! And Claris has the success rates to prove it.

Talk about saving time- and money… And more importantly than all of that: peace of mind.

For the most part, surgeons and doctors seem cold or distant, reserved and uncaring- which is ironic because their job is to take care of us and make us well. But we just assume this is what is required for them to do their job…

Until we meet someone like Dr. Carlson!

Dr. Carlson is compassionate, sincere, kind and hospitable. Not only does he answer all of his surgical patients questions during consultations- with no rushing or time constraints!- but he encourages patients to call or email him after they’ve been to see him, should they have any follow up questions.

Any other doctor I’ve been to has always seemed annoyed and busy when I’ve had to get in touch with them about something important. Yet, when having a surgical procedure done with Dr. Carlson, there is no fear that you will be disturbing or bothering him, as there is with most doctors. Dr. Carlson even calls all of his surgical patients the night of their surgery to see how they are doing and find out if they have any questions for him. And he makes it clear to surgical patients that if they have any questions or concerns about their post operative vision that they should call or email him evenings and/or weekends.

I found assurance, serenity and a better way to see things more clearly when I found Claris.

It’s about time you did too, Call us  to book your eye consultation today!

Schedule Your Eye Care Appointment today with NextMD

Forget about more daylight hours in Spring…There’s simply never enough time in the day to take care of ALL the things on your “ To Do” list!

No time for a phone call to your physicians ‘office? Can’t go after work hours to swing by and pick up important documents from your doctors office? Now you can use a patient portal and within seconds be communicating directly with your physician! Patient portal? Sounds like something from a Star Trek episode right?

A patient portal is simply a secure, healthcare related, online application. And with the recent spotlight being on advanced technology in healthcare, Claris Eye Care & Surgery saw this as yet another way to provide better service and care for their patients. Now it’s beyond easy to connect with Claris Eye Care & Surgery 24 hours a day conveniently from your home or office.


Claris Eye Care & Surgery uses NextMD, online patient portal which allow patients remote electronic access to their records, and the ability to communicate directly with their physician and clinical staff.  The NextMD technology allows your doctor to use a single server (unlike emails which use multiple servers over the internet) secured by both a firewall and 128-bit encryption. The secured system has a password protected log-in that you receive upon registering for the service, allowing you direct access and safeguarding your privacy. In the years past, a considerable amount of patients’ health information was never communicated to or easily accessed directly by the patient. Not anymore!

The real value of an EMR and an online patient portal is the patient centered clinical support and improved communication. A home bound, sick or infirmed patient will surely see this new tool as a huge relief. I’ve had quite a few surgeries myself and have found it necessary to be in frequent contact with my physicians’ offices, which can be exhausting. Also, if you are like me, you probably find it easier to write down what you really want to discuss with your doctor because sometimes the subject matter -or even just an office visit- can make me too nervous to remember all of my questions.

How Do I Sign Up?

You can sign up for Next MD by visiting the Claris website and filling out the enrollment form (electronically of course!).  After processing the form, Claris will give you an enrollment token, which you will then use to activate your personal NextMD account.

Once you have enrolled you will be able to do a variety of new things from your very own computer:

  • Send and receive private, secure email messages to Dr. Carlson and staff
  • Request optical prescriptions, medication refills, lab results and make or confirm appointments
  • Research and print information you may be seeking regarding the eye and other current medical topics

Lastly, it is important to note that if you are ever experiencing acute pain or profound vision loss, please do not send a message via NextMD. Instead call Claris Eye Care & Surgery immediately at 612.775.8009, or go to your nearest emergency room or urgent care clinic.

Press 1 for Great Customer Service, Claris’s Focus on Patient Needs

Have you ever called a doctors office and followed the many (and often exhausting) voice-prompt options, until you found someone- a real live person -to answer the phone?

Or maybe you’ve hung up and called back multiple times with the fervent belief that “ this time it will be different “?

I don’t know about you, but I have a few doctors’ offices that I have to call on a fairly regular basis, and time and again it is with great apprehension and dread that I do so. Why? Because most of the time the phone is answered by an unfriendly voice that states the name of the office and then immediately says “Please hold”…Only to come back a few minutes later with a sigh asking “how can I help you.” However, we both know, that person doesn’t really mean it.

Calling to ask about medical questions can promote a lot of anxiety and concern. The last thing we need, as patients, is to feel even more uncomfortable about the importance of our phone call.

Sadly, the vast majority of medical offices seem to have forgotten that they are essentially there to provide a very significant service- to be of care to those in need.

On any given day, the calls coming in to a practice can be of varying degrees of urgency. They can range from scheduling an appointment, filling a prescription, or asking questions you forgot to discuss during a prior consultation to the considerably more urgent post operative medical questions.

Our Focus on Patient Needs

Claris Eye Care & Surgery takes pride in their renewed focus on patient needs and care. Ninety-nine % of the time there is an actual real, live person answering the phone in a courteous, friendly and helpful manner, without the usual gazillion voice prompts!

There is both a clinical team with extensive experience available in addition to an administrative team committed to helping patients. Using electronic medical records helps to facilitate improved administration and timeliness in communicating with patients. And there are even informative, empathetic staff members available to help navigate the often treacherous process of insurance needs!

What People Are Saying

Patient testimonials and feedback are consistent with the Claris commitment to a respectful, considerate and friendly staff that places the needs of their patients first. “It’s nice when people call to