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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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!

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

Raise Your Vision Awareness: Understanding Macular Degeneration

Affecting an estimated 11 million people in the US alone, macular degeneration is one of the leading causes of vision loss in adults over 50, so February is dedicated to raising awareness about this serious vision problem – what it is, what causes it, and what treatments are available.

What is macular degeneration?

Macular degeneration, also known as age-related macular degeneration (AMD), is the result of damage to the macula, a small spot near the center of the retina (the retina is located at the back of the eye). This highly sensitive spot is made up of millions of light-sensing cells that are responsible for clear, sharp central vision enabling us to see things straight ahead. As damage occurs, you may experience a blank spot, blurriness, or distorted vision in the center of your visual field.

Progression of the disease varies, and though macular degeneration doesn’t lead to total blindness, loss of central vision can severely impair your ability to do even everyday activities like read, write, drive, cook, and clearly see faces.

Types of AMD

  • Dry AMD, or atrophic AMD, refers the breakdown (or atrophy) of the macula. It comprises 90% of AMD cases.
  • Wet AMD affects far fewer people. Damage is caused by the membrane under the retina thickening then breaking, disrupting the oxygen supply to the macula and causing the growth of new, abnormal blood vessels.

What causes macular degeneration?

Macular degeneration is often simply the result of aging, though some people are more at risk than others. It is more common among Caucasians, and family history of AMD increases risk. Research has found links between certain lifestyle choices, such as smoking, and increased risk of AMD.

Treating Age-Related Macular Degeneration

Is laser eye surgery an option for stopping or reversing macular degeneration?

Unfortunately, there is currently no specific treatment for dry AMD. Progression can be slowed from intermediate-stage dry AMD to advanced stage by taking a specific, high-dose vitamin and mineral supplement.

Wet macular degeneration can be treated with laser eye surgery as a means to stop blood or other fluids from leaking into the macula. Wet AMD can also be treated with medication that is injected into the eye.

Will laser eye surgery be a permanent solution for wet AMD?

The laser-treated blood vessels will be permanently sealed; however, this does not prevent new spots from beginning to leak.

Minneapolis Leaders in Vision Correction and Laser Eye Surgery

Eyes are your windows to the world, but time can slowly take a toll on your vision. If you aren’t vigilant or don’t take your eye health seriously, you run the risk of developing both permanent damage to your eyes and vision loss.

Minneapolis is home to Claris Eye Care & Surgery, an ophthalmic office dedicated to helping patients have the best vision possible. Dr. Carlson and the Claris ophthalmic team are highly knowledgeable and experienced in treating people suffering from AMD and other vision problems, including:

Dr. Carlson and the Claris team can help you understand AMD and your treatment options. Treatment is a process of regular office visits to monitor your vision and addressing changes, and between visits, you can test your central vision at home using the Amsler grid – any blurriness or distortion in the lines can indicate a progression in your AMD. With AMD and all eye health issues, being proactive is important.

Twenty years of experience in laser eye surgery and other vision correction procedures make Claris and Dr. Carlson the best choice in Minneapolis for your eye health and vision care. If you have any questions or concerns about your vision – from macular degeneration to cataracts or LASIK laser eye surgery, feel free to call the Claris office at 612.775.8009 or email at info@clariseyecare.com.

Laser Eye Surgery in Minneapolis: Seeing things clearly with Claris

Thanks to the extraordinary success rate with laser eye surgery at Claris Eye Care & Surgery, a multitude of patients report seeing things more clearly than they have at any other time in their lives. Dr. Carlson is a prominent and sought after eye surgeon and has proven to be the best possible choice for laser eye surgery in Minneapolis.

Laser eye surgery refers to any surgical procedure used to correct vision problems. In recent years, tremendous advancements have been made in the field of laser eye surgery- also called laser vision correction or “refractive” laser eye surgery. Due to it’s popularity more eye care specialists are relying on the efficacy and accuracy of this cutting edge technology.

Some of the 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. The three most mainstream types of laser eye surgeries are called LASIKLASEK, and PRK.

LASIK: LASIK is short for “laser in-situ keratomileusis”. This kind of laser eye surgery is used to correct vision in people who are nearsighted, farsighted, and/or have astigmatism. During LASIK surgery, vision is corrected by reshaping underlying corneal tissue so that it can properly focus light into the eye and onto the retina. How it differs from other surgeries is in the flap that is made in the outer layer of the cornea so that the underlying tissue can be accessed.

PRK: PRK is short for “photorefractive keratectomy”. This kind of laser eye surgery is also used to correct nearsightedness, farsightedness, and/or astigmatism – mild to moderate cases. During PRK surgery, an eye surgeon uses a laser to reshape the cornea. This particular laser, which delivers a cool pulsing beam of ultraviolet light, is used on the surface of the cornea, not underneath a flap of the cornea, like in LASIK eye surgery.

LASEK: LASEK is short for “laser epithelial keratomileusis”, and is a variant of PRK. Once again, it is used to treat nearsightedness, farsightedness, and astigmatism. Epithelial cells are loosened using an alcohol solution. A laser is used to reshape the cornea, then the cells are replaced and secured with a soft contact lens while it heals.

At the Claris Eye Care & Surgery in Minnesota, LASIK, PRK and LASEK is performed with the addition of computer imaging called WaveScan or “wavefront technology” which creates a detailed image of the cornea and guide for surgical treatment.

Dr. Carlson utilizes the VISX STAR S4 IR laser- representing 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 precision custom laser surgery. The WaveScan® based digital technology identifies and measures imperfections in your eyes 25 times more precisely than standard methods. 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.

Where your surgery is performed is just as important as the quality of the technology used. Dr. Carlson performs all procedures exclusively at the highly specialized Phillips Eye Institute in Minnesota. People from a five-state region come to the Phillips Eye Institute for an array of services, from diagnostic tests and vision rehabilitation to laser eye treatments and specialized eye surgery.

When it comes to improving your vision -and see everything in life more clearly!, Dr Carlson is your best possible choice for laser eye surgery in Minneapolis.

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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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.

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 info@clariseyecare.com.

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