Dr. Keith Carlson, MD

Dr. Keith Carlson, MD

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Ophthalmology  |  
Male  |  
60 y/o
60 reviews

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Accepted insurance

  • Aetna
  • Blue Cross Blue Shield
  • Cigna
  • Health Net
  • HealthPartners
  • Humana
  • Medica
  • Medicaid
  • Tricare
  • Ucare
  • UnitedHealthCare

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Care Philosophy

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.Read more

Personal Bio

For over 20 years, thousands of patients have trusted Dr. Carlson with their eyes. He is a Mayo Clinic trained...Read more

Dr. Carlson's Experience

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Dr. Carlson's Reviews

Likelihood of recommending Dr. Carlson to family and friends
4.8
based on 61 total surveys (2 with reviews)
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 Reviews (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
in Minnetonka, MN |
Very caring professional. Could not imagine a better experience. Stress free.
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Dr. Carlson says...

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.   

Dr. Carlson's Care Philosophy

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.

Dr. Carlson's experience matches your search based on the following criteria:

  •  Based on total number of patients treated over the last 12 months
  •  Specializes in Ophthalmology
  •  Board certified in Ophthalmology
  •  Malpractice claims in Minnesota not available
  •  No sanctions found
  •  No board actions found

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
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Board Certifications

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  • Ophthalmology

Conditions Treated

  • Age-Related Macular Degeneration
  • All Headaches (incl. Migraine)
  • Anisocoria
  • Anterior Ischemic Optic Neuropathy
  • Anterior Scleritis
  • Aphakia and Other Disorders of Lens
  • Astigmatism
  • Bell's Palsy
  • 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
  • Eyelid Spasm
  • Farsightedness
  • Floaters
  • Fuchs' Corneal Dystrophy
  • Glaucoma
  • Glaucoma - Iridogoniodysgenesia
  • Headache
  • Herpetic Keratitis
  • Heterophoria
  • Hypertropia
  • Hyphema
  • Iridocyclitis
  • Keratitis
  • Keratoconus
  • Lazy Eye
  • Macular Edema
  • Macular Hole
  • Malignant Neoplasm of Eye
  • Migraine
  • 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 Vein Occlusion
  • Retinitis Pigmentosa (RP)
  • Retinopathy of Prematurity (ROP)
  • Senile Cataracts
  • Stye
  • Tear Duct Disorders
  • Trichiasis
  • Ulcer
  • Uveitis and Iridocyclitis
  • Vascular Disease
  • Vision Impairment
  • Vision Loss
  • Visual Field Defects
  • Vitreous Hemorrhage

Education

  • Medical School
    University of North Dakota / Main Campus

    Graduated in 1982

  • Internship Hospital
    Hennepin Co Med Center

    Completed in 1983

  • Residency Hospital
    Mayo Clin

    Completed in 1985

    United Hospital

    Completed in 1984

  • Fellowship Hospital
    University Minn

    Completed in 1989

  • Undergraduate School
    University of North Dakota

    Graduated in 1980

  • Other Education
    American College Of Physician Executives

    Completed in 2007

    National Board Of Medical Examiners

    Completed in 1983

    Tulalne University

    Completed in 2007

    Tulane University of Louisiana

    Completed in 2007

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

Specialties

  • Ophthalmology

Procedures Performed

  • Anterior Vitrectomy
  • 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
  • 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