Monthly Archives: May 2013

LASIK in Minneapolis and St. Paul- The Claris Way!

Memorial Day Weekend is almost here, which means Summertime is just around the corner!  With all the outdoor activities like swimming and biking, and all the vacation days for travel, wouldn’t it be great to eliminate your dependence on glasses or contact lenses? LASIK is a simple and straightforward procedure that can get you back to work or driving the very next day… So perhaps now’s the time to come in and try it the Claris way.

Many eye conditions are treatable with LASIK: Myopia, Astigmatism and Hyperopia. The LASIK procedure takes approximately 60 seconds per eye, while a laser reshapes the cornea and vision is restored. Minneapolis and St. Paul are great places to enjoy your st. paul, minneapolis lasik, lasek, prk and laser vision correctionnewly improved LASIK eyesight and freedom! They boast numerous area attractions (more than 10 acclaimed golf courses) and the best designed and maintained park system in America. People from a five-state region come to the Phillips Eye Institute, the Midwest’s only eye hospital, for laser eye treatments and specialized eye surgery. At Claris, all surgeries are performed at this nationally acclaimed institute. Making Claris Eye Care & Surgery the number one place to come for LASIK in Minneapolis and St. Paul.

When it comes to any medical procedure, experience matters. A veteran of thousands of successful Laser Vision Correction procedures and LASIK, Dr. Carlson really takes the time to answer all of your questions about risks, benefits, expected outcomes and cost.  All preoperative and postoperative evaluations are done by Dr. Carlson and every single treatment is customized to your individual prescription and corneal shape.

Another feature 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? 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…

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

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



Not a Candidate for Lasik? We can do PRK for you at Claris!

So you just found out that you aren’t a candidate for Lasik and the doctor told you to find someone who can perform PRK for you?  Dr. Keith Carlson is one of the best PRK doctors in Minneapolis MN which requires a lot of experience (he has performed thousands of laser vision correction procedures successfully over the past 15 years) and clearly, a lot of faith in the benefits of PRK…

It is a little known fact that PRK minneapolis, st. paul prk and lasik laser vision correctionis 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. At Claris, Dr. Carlson performs over 100 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 access treatment area, and in PRK the cornea’s entire epithelial (outer) layer is removed to expose the treatment area, with no flap.

PRK and Lasik results are comparable, and obviously every patient has different requirements. Most people achieve 20/20 vision after PRK surgery and almost all achieve 20/40 visual acuity or better.

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 and scrubs.

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 over 15 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
For your eyes, the choice is clear.