Dr. Keith Carlson, MD

Dr. Keith Carlson, MD

Ophthalmology  |  
Male  |  
Age 60
(104)
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Dr. Keith Carlson, MD is an ophthalmology doctor who practices in Saint Paul, MN. He is 60 years old and has been practicing for 29 years.Read his story

1110 Yankee Doodle Rd

Saint Paul, MN 55121

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Insurance Accepted

  • Aetna
  • Blue Cross Blue Shield
  • Cigna
  • Health Net
  • HealthPartners
  • Humana
  • Medica
  • Medicaid
  • Tricare
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Pterygium
very high
more than 89% of peers
Presbyopia
very high
more than 87% of peers
Glaucoma
very high
more than 85% of peers

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Dr. Carlson's bio

This content was provided by Dr. Carlson "For over 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 work. After 17 years working in a large multi specialty practice, Dr. Carlson opened his own private practice, Claris Eye Care & Surgery, in 2009 to bring a renewed focus on patient needs and care. "Over the years, I have worked with the best people in the business. I am grateful for those opportunities," says Dr. Carlson. "I feel that many aspects of patient care have been lost. With Claris, our team renews a commitment to the patient." That renewed commitment consists of limited wait times for patients; same-day appointments; the implementation of advanced clinical technology for improved outcomes; and the use of electronic medical records that support greater transparency, improved administration, and timeliness in communication with patients. Expanded focus on patients includes work with those who cannot afford proper eye care which is why we support programs that help serve the vision needs of such patients." One specific program supported by Claris is the Early Youth Eyecare (EYE) program operated by the Phillips Eye Institute. EYE provides free vision screening to thousands of public school children. Dr. Carlson also believes in the importance of giving back to the community so he reads to the preschoolers at The Times for Tots Preschool in the Phillips neighborhood of Minneapolis every month, provides eye examinations to the students and always looks forward to attending their Christmas and graduation programs. In addition to a clinical team with extensive experience, Claris also has an experienced administrative team committed to helping patients navigate the challenging world of insurance. "

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Care Philosophy

This content was provided by Dr. Carlson "Dr. Carlson created his own practice, Claris Eye Care & Surgery, to bring a renewed focus on patient needs and care.  Our mission is to improve patient vision and facilitate healing."
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Specialties

  • Ophthalmology
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Board Certifications

  • Ophthalmology
    Accredited by: American Board of Ophthalmology*
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Conditions Treated

  • Age-Related Macular Degeneration
  • All Headaches (incl. Migraine)
  • Anisocoria
  • Anterior Ischemic Optic Neuropathy
  • Anterior Scleritis
  • Aphakia and Other Disorders of Lens
  • Astigmatism
  • Autoimmune Thyroid Diseases
  • Benign Neoplasm of Choroid
  • Benign Neoplasm of Eye
  • Benign Tumor
  • Blepharitis
  • Blindness
  • Blocked Tear Duct
  • Cancer
  • Cataract
  • Central Serous Chorioretinopathy
  • Chalazion
  • Chorioretinal Scars
  • Color Blindness
  • Conjunctival Hemorrhage
  • Corneal Diseases
  • Corneal Erosion
  • Corneal Ulcer
  • Degenerative Disorders of Globe
  • Diabetic Macular Edema (DME)
  • Diabetic Retinopathy
  • Diplopia
  • Drooping Eyelids (Ptosis)
  • Drusen
  • Dry Age-Related Macular Degeneration
  • Dry Eyes
  • Ectropion of Eyelid
  • Entropion
  • Esophoria
  • Esotropia
  • Exotropia
  • Eye Infections
  • Eyelid Disorders
  • Farsightedness
  • Floaters
  • Fuchs' Corneal Dystrophy
  • Glaucoma
  • Glaucoma - Iridogoniodysgenesia
  • Headache
  • Herpetic Keratitis
  • Heterophoria
  • Hypertropia
  • Hyphema
  • Hypotropia
  • Iridocyclitis
  • Keratitis
  • Keratoconus
  • Lazy Eye
  • Macular Edema
  • Macular Hole
  • Malignant Neoplasm of Eye
  • Nearsightedness
  • Night Blindness
  • Nystagmus
  • Ocular Hypertension
  • Paralytic Strabismus
  • Pigment Dispersion Syndrome
  • Pinguecula
  • Pinkeye (Conjunctivitis)
  • Presbyopia
  • Progressive High Myopia
  • Pterygium
  • Retinal Detachment and Retinal Tear
  • Retinal Dystrophy
  • Retinal Hemorrhage
  • Retinal Ischemia
  • Retinal Vein Occlusion
  • Retinitis Pigmentosa (RP)
  • Retinopathy of Prematurity (ROP)
  • Senile Cataracts
  • Stye
  • Tear Duct Disorders
  • Thyroid Disease
  • Trichiasis
  • Ulcer
  • Uveitis and Iridocyclitis
  • Vascular Disease
  • Vision Impairment
  • Vision Loss
  • Visual Field Defects
  • Vitreous Hemorrhage
  • Wet Age-Related Macular Degeneration

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Procedures

  • Abscess or Cyst Drainage or Aspiration
  • Abscess or Fluid Incision and Drainage
  • Blepharoplasty
  • Blepharorrhaphy
  • Canthoplasty and Canthopexy
  • Cataract Removal Surgery
  • Contact Lens Exams
  • Cornea Surgery
  • Destruction of Lesion of Retina and Choroid
  • Excision of Chalazion
  • Excision or Destruction of Lesion of Cornea
  • Extraocular Muscle Surgery
  • Eye Examination
  • Eye Procedure
  • Eye Surgery
  • Eyeglasses
  • Eyelid Surgery
  • Glaucoma Surgery
  • Ocular Prosthetics
  • Ocular Surface Reconstruction
  • Pterygium Surgery
  • Reconstructive Eyelid Surgery
  • Repair of Brow Ptosis and Blepharoptosis
  • Repair of Entropion or Ectropion
  • Repair of Retinal Detachment or Retinal Tear
  • Soft Contact Lenses
  • Vitrectomy
  • Vitrectomy (incl. Macular Hole Repair)
  • Vitreoretinal Surgery

Background Check

Malpractice Claims not available

Healthgrades does not collect malpractice information for Minnesota.

0 Sanctions

No sanctions history found for the years that Healthgrades collects data.

0 Board Actions

No board actions found for the years that Healthgrades collects data.

Education

  • University of North Dakota
    Undergraduate School | Graduated 1980
  • University of North Dakota / Main Campus
    Medical School | Graduated 1982
  • Hennepin Co Med Center
    Internship Hospital | Completed 1983
  • Mayo Clin
    Residency Hospital | Completed 1985
  • United Hospital
    Residency Hospital | Completed 1984
  • University Minn
    Fellowship Hospital | Completed 1989
  • American College of Physician Executives
    Other Education | Completed 2007
  • National Board of Medical Examiners
    Other Education | Completed 1983
  • Tulalne University
    Other Education | Completed 2007
  • Tulane University of Louisiana
    Other Education | Completed 2007

Awards & Recognition

Awards & Honors
  • Healthgrades Honor Roll
  • Robert Campbell Award, 1980
  • Delta Omega, 2007
  • Heed Ophthalmic Foundation Fellowship, 1988
  • Alpha Omega Alpha, 1981
  • North Dakota Medical Association Award, 1982
  • Phi Beta Kappa, 1978
  • MN Society for Prevention of Blindness/Hearing, 1985, 1986
  • Phi Eta Sigma, 1976
  • Lange Medical Publication Award, 1979
Media & Publications

Dr. Carlson has no media or publications listed.

Languages Spoken

  • English

Memberships & Professional Affiliations

  • Alpha Omega Alpha Honor Society, Member
  • American Academy of Ophthalmology, Fellow
  • American College of Physician Executives, Member
  • American College of Surgeons and Heed Ophthalmic Society, Fellow
  • American Society of Cataract and Refractive Surgery, Member
  • Delta Omega Honor Society, Member
  • International Society of Refractive Surgery, Member
  • Minnesota Academy of Ophthalmology, Member
  • Phi Beta Kappa Honor Society, Member

Dr. Carlson's Reviews

Likelihood of recommending Dr. Carlson to family and friends
4.8
based on 104 total reviews (2 with comments)

Likelihood to Recommend (104)

  • 5
    (95)
  • 4
    (5)
  • 3
    (0)
  • 2
    (1)
  • 1
    (3)

Dr. Carlson's Performance

Trustworthiness
EXCELLENT
Explains condition(s) well
EXCELLENT
Answers Questions
EXCELLENT
Time well spent
EXCELLENT

Office & Staff Performance

Scheduling
EXCELLENT
Office environment
EXCELLENT
Staff friendliness
EXCELLENT
Average wait time
Under 10 minutes

Patient Comments (2)

I am an aphakia patient and went for a second opinion. Two tries to do an eye exam for glasses and neither pair could I see with. I do have glasses and I see well with them but the lenses are scratched from five years of use. Website listed this as a procedure that was preformed
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Very caring professional. Could not imagine a better experience. Stress free.
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Dr. Carlson accepts 11 insurance carriers
  • Aetna
    Aetna EPO
    Aetna HMO
    Aetna POS
    Aetna PPO
  • Blue Cross Blue Shield
    Blue Cross Blue Shield PPO
  • Cigna
  • Health Net
    Tricare
  • HealthPartners
    HealthPartners HMO
  • Humana
    Tricare
  • Medica
  • Medicaid
    Medicaid HMO
  • Tricare
  • Ucare
  • UnitedHealthCare
    United Healthcare EPO
    United Healthcare HMO
    United Healthcare POS
    United Healthcare PPO

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