Dr. Keith Carlson, MD

Dr. Keith Carlson, MD

Ophthalmology  ·  
Male  ·  
Age 61
Dr. Keith Carlson, MD is an ophthalmology specialist in Minneapolis, MN and has been practicing for 29 years. He graduated from University of North Dakota / Main Campus in 1982 and specializes in ophthalmology.Read his story

710 E 24th St Ste 102

Minneapolis, MN 55404

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  • Aetna
  • Blue Cross Blue Shield
  • Cigna
  • Health Net
  • HealthPartners
  • Humana
  • Medica
  • Medicaid
  • Tricare
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more than 89% of peers
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more than 87% of peers
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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."

1  Specialties

  • Ophthalmology

1  Board Certifications

  • Ophthalmology
    Accredited by: American Board of Ophthalmology*

54  Conditions Treated

  • Age-Related Macular Degeneration
  • Anisocoria
  • Anterior Ischemic Optic Neuropathy
  • Anterior Scleritis
  • Astigmatism
  • Benign Neoplasm of Choroid
  • Benign Neoplasm of Eye
  • Blepharitis
  • Blindness
  • Blocked Tear Duct
  • Cataract
  • Chalazion
  • Conjunctival Hemorrhage
  • Corneal Diseases
  • Corneal Erosion
  • Corneal Ulcer
  • Diabetic Retinopathy
  • Drooping Eyelids (Ptosis)
  • Drusen
  • Dry Age-Related Macular Degeneration
  • Dry Eyes
  • Ectropion of Eyelid
  • Entropion
  • Esophoria
  • Eye Infections
  • Eyelid Disorders
  • Farsightedness
  • Floaters
  • Fuchs' Corneal Dystrophy
  • Glaucoma
  • Herpetic Keratitis
  • Hypertropia
  • Hyphema
  • Iridocyclitis
  • Keratitis
  • Macular Edema
  • Nearsightedness
  • Ocular Hypertension
  • Pigment Dispersion Syndrome
  • Pinguecula
  • Pinkeye (Conjunctivitis)
  • Presbyopia
  • Pterygium
  • Senile Cataracts
  • Stye
  • Tear Duct Disorders
  • Thyroid Disease
  • Trichiasis
  • Ulcer
  • Uveitis and Iridocyclitis
  • Vision Impairment
  • Vision Loss
  • Visual Field Defects
  • Vitreous Hemorrhage
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29  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

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0 Sanctions

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

0 Board Actions

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  • 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
104 total reviews (3 have comments)

Likelihood to Recommend (104)

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Dr. Carlson's Performance

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  • Explains condition(s) well

  • Answers questions

  • Time well spent


Office & Staff Performance

  • Scheduling

  • Office environment

  • Staff friendliness

  • Average wait time

    Under 10 minutes

Patient Comments (3)

I would not recommend this provider. I went to him because of the positive reviews for his services, However, my experiences were not positive. I was given the wrong prescription for my eyeglasses TWICE. No apologies, No explanation. I was told by his staff that I didn't need to see him, I...more
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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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