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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…

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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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…

Claris: Home to one of the Best Botox Doctors in Minneapolis

Why should you call Claris to become Botox beautiful today?Why should you call Claris to become Botox beautiful today? Because Claris Eye Care & Surgery is home to Dr. Carlson, one of the best Botox doctors in Minneapolis! Oh, and we also happen to have FREE BOTOX while supplies last for those of you whose crow’s feet are just begging for a little BOTOX!

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Claris Beautiful with Botox

Wouldn’t you like to know how to look years younger, quickly, easily and now even for free?!

The Minneapolis flowers are soon to bloom reminding us that spring is about regeneration. For facial rejuvenation purposes, Botox is used to safely, simply, and effectively improve the appearance of frown lines, forehead creases, and crows feet. Now you can let Claris show you how to put your best face forward with the surprisingly simple, safe and effective use of Botox cosmetic. According to the American Society of Aesthetic Plastic Surgery, Cosmetic Botox is the #1 requested non-surgical procedure in the United States. Using Botox is like having a non- surgical face lift that will give you a more youthful and pleasant appearance.

Botox Basics

Botox cosmetic is the latest advancement in botulinum toxin therapy.  It has been approved by the FDA for use in neurological disorders for over 30 years!  Botox works by relaxing the underlying muscles so they don’t contract- thereby preventing wrinkles from appearing. Botox blocks nerve impulses to tiny facial muscles that are related to expression lines. The overlying skin remains smooth and unwrinkled after treatment while the rest of untreated facial muscles contract in a normal fashion.

By relaxing the underlying muscles of these areas botox reduces the wrinkles. Botox is not a poison and cannot cause an infection.  It does not have a systemic effect.  It is not permanent. Our dynamic facial expressions are creating wrinkles on a daily basis from repeated use of facial muscles. Facial wrinkles and creases begin to appear as the underlying collagen and elastin fibers begin to break down and wear out. This is part of the natural aging process… but it can also result from the harsh weather and climate conditions of Minneapolis, excessive squinting, frowning, smoking and smiling.

Medicinal Botox in Minneapolis

Botox is also actually used as a prescription and medical treatment for far more significant conditions! Since 1989, Botox injections have been the principle treatment for a muscle disorder called Blepharospasm.  Blepharospasm causes involuntary spasms of the muscles around your eye, which can result in uncontrollable and excessive blinking, eye twitching, or the closing of your eyelids.  Botox therapy has been the treatment of choice and used to aid in the correction of muscle problems that cause Blepharospasm.  It is injected into the muscles, where it binds to nerve endings and inhibits the release of the neurotransmitter acetylcholine (Ach). This leads to decreased muscular contractions.

Spring Into Action

Take charge of your beauty, health and well- being. Add a more youthful look to put a spring in your step and take advantage of the best place for Botox in Minneapolis!

Claris is one of the few offices that offers the Brilliant Distinctions Program which is a huge benefit to our patients– you can earn points each time you get Botox Cosmetic (and several other treatments), redeem your points for big savings on future cosmetics procedures and skin care products. Or, make a difference in someone else’s life by donating your points to Dress For Success or the Make- A- Wish Foundation.

Isn’t it great to know you have a choice? Put your eye care in the capable hands of an experienced Claris physician. Contact Claris today and find out how cosmetic or medical Botox can improve your quality of life.

Remember to call NOW while supplies last and take advantage of FREE Botox for your Crows Feet If you have questions or would like to schedule a treatment, please contact us at 612.775.8009 or by email at info@clariseyecare.com


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.

PRK at Claris: Making Back To Basics Better

Being one of the best PRK doctors in Minneapolis requires a lot of experience and clearly, a lot of faith in the benefits of PRK… The benefits of PRK over it’s previously more popular step-sister, Lasik

PRK laser eye surgery | minneapolis, st. paul laser vision correctionIt is a little known fact that PRK is actually the predecessor to Lasik and was the first type of laser eye surgery for vision correction. Improvements in laser technology in the last decade have benefited PRK- meaning that more patients are feeling better and having better visual results with PRK than with Lasik. At Claris, Dr. Carlson performs countless PRK surgeries a year. It was comforting to find out that PRK eye surgery is actually an ambulatory procedure (which means you walk-in, walk-out the same day), done right next door to Claris at the renowned Phillips Eye Institute …. And, that the actual surgery itself takes only 15 minutes!

Ok, here’s the nitty gritty:

PRK stands for photorefractive keractomy and is a type of refractive surgery used to correct astigmatism, nearsightedness and farsightedness.

PRK works by reshaping the cornea using an excimer laser – which in translation means a short wave ultra violet light allowed to enter the eye, focused onto the retina, to vaporize and remove tissue from the eyes surface- the cornea. The remaining underlying corneal tissue is called the residual stromal bed. The main way that PRK differs from Lasik is that during Lasik a hinged flap is created on the cornea to accessPRK laser eye surgery | minneapolis, st. paul laser vision correction treatment area, and in PRK the cornea’s entire epithelial (outer) layer is removed to expose the treatment area, with no flap.

Initially the complaint about PRK was that the recovery time is too slow. It takes a few days for the epithelial cells to regenerate and cover the surface of the eye. And even though Lasik has a faster recovery period, a few of it’s shortcomings have come to light (pun intended), namely there have been complaints about night vision & the quality of vision. However, with the improvements in laser technology, PRK now allows the surgeon to leave a smoother stromal bed after surgery, with improved quality of vision and reduced formation of haze (another initial complaint about PRK). Most surgeons are applying mitomycin C for several seconds after surgery nowadays, to prevent haze after the healing period.

There are certain people who would be very attractive candidates, and would find PRK especially useful. These would be patients with:

  • Thin corneas
  • Large pupils
  • Corneal scars

If you are a possible candidate and are considering PRK, here are a few helpful Pre and Post- operative keys to success to keep in mind:

Preop- Careful preoperative care is crucial in helping to speed epithelial healing. Patients with Blepharitis should treat with lid hygiene, antibiotics & scribs.

Patients with dry eye should use artificial tears, Restasis, ointments or punctual plugs. In some cases, a dose of steroids just before surgery and quickly tapering over the days after can help with inflammation and pain.

Postop– The crucial point for epithelial healing and for reducing pain here is that the contact lens placed after surgery fits correctly.

Do not overuse anesthetic eye drops after surgery, this can delay healing time.

Decreasing inflammation in the eye is vital to speed healing- but it’s important to use with caution.

Think it’s time for a little PRK today?

The most important decision you will make is choosing the best eye surgeon with the most experience in PRK. And for that you need not look any further. Consistent patient feedback is that Dr. Carlson is the best eye surgeon for PRK!! Dr. Carlson, who was not only voted “Top Doc” again this year, but who has also been performing PRK for nearly 20 years, will assure that you are in good hands and looking good in no time.

Make an appointment to have a thorough eye exam, where Dr. Carlson can assess your general health and medical background and determine if you are a suitable candidate for PRK.

Contact Claris today at 612.775.8009 or by email at info@clariseyecare.com

For your eyes, the choice is clear.