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Our Surgery Center

Minnesota Eye Laser & Surgery Centers, LLC is a state-of-the-art outpatient surgery center, which allows the surgeons to provide the most comprehensive ophthalmology and reconstructive surgeries in a convenient, comfortable setting. The philosophy of the Ambulatory Surgery Center (ASC) is to promote the skills and knowledge of its personnel to facilitate the enhancement of our patients’ quality of life by improving their vision in a cost-effective, research-based and technologically advanced setting.

Our internationally recognized surgeons perform a wide range of ophthalmic procedures in the ASC, including cataract surgery, corneal transplants, glaucoma procedures, eyelid surgeries and much more.

From the patient’s arrival through his/her discharge, the focus of the ASC staff is on patient comfort. The ASC team is committed to the highest standard of patient care, and we are proud to have had our Bloomington ASC recognized in the Same Day Surgery Magazine for its efficiency and comprehensive patient services.

Our Laser Suites are equipped with the most advanced technology in today’s market, offering custom same-day laser procedures such as LASIK, PRK, CK and more. To learn more about our refractive procedures and how to prepare specifically for your laser vision correction surgery, please visit our LASIK center and your LASIK Evaluation & Surgery page.

For comfort, quality care, and extraordinary credentials, Minnesota Eye Consultants’ Laser & Surgery Centers are simply the best.

Our Laser & Surgery Center Locations

Blaine Bloomington Minnetonka Woodbury

Preparing For Your Surgery

You’ve completed your consultation, received answers to all your medical questions, and picked a date for your surgery. What other steps need to be considered as you prepare for your upcoming procedure? To ensure you’re as educated as possible about your surgery, please review the Financial and Insurance Coverage information below, along with what you can expect between now and your procedure.

Financial Information / Insurance Coverage

Please review the below information as it pertains to the financial aspects of your upcoming surgery. Having comprehensive information regarding both the medical and financial details of your procedure is important and helpful in making decisions about your care.

Insurance Coverage Verification

First and foremost, please check with your insurance carrier to discuss your healthcare benefits and plan coverage details. Although our Business Office staff are here to help, it is ultimately your responsibility to know and understand your insurance benefits.

Prior to your surgical appointment, a member of our Surgery Verification team will confirm the insurance we have on file is active and will gather data regarding your current benefits for outpatient surgery. If you have additional questions about your insurance coverage or are interested in obtaining a pre-surgical estimate regarding your out of pocket expenses, please contact our Surgery Verification team at 952-885-2462.

Note: If you know your insurance plan will be changing, it is imperative that you contact our team immediately to review coverage and possible new authorization requirements.

Information regarding the insurance policies we accept can be found on our billing and financing page.

Collecting Payment Prior to Surgery

If you have a high deductible insurance plan, it is our policy to collect a portion of your estimated patient responsibility (out of pocket expense) prior to, or on the day of surgery. If this will be required, our Business Office will be in contact with you within 2 weeks of your surgical procedure. At that time, we will inform you of your insurance benefits, provide you with an estimated out-of-pocket quote, and advise the amount that will be collected on, or before your surgery.

If you are proceeding with an elective or cosmetic procedure, or a surgery that you know your insurance will not cover, the fee for these services will be due in full prior to, or on the day of surgery. This includes the additional fees involved for those patients opting into an upgraded surgical lens package. These elective or cosmetic fees are in addition to any insurance out of pocket expense that may be applicable to your surgery.

Billing for a Procedure

There are a variety of fees that may be billed for a procedure performed within our practice.

  • Clinic/Evaluation Fee Clinic charges prior to or on the same day of surgery are not part of your surgical fee and will be billed separately.
  • Professional Fee includes the surgeon fee and post-operative care provided by Minnesota Eye Consultants.
  • Facility Fee includes use of the operating room, supplies, personnel, and equipment, and will be billed separately for services rendered at our Minnesota Eye Laser & Surgery Centers.
  • Anesthesia, pharmacy, and pathology fees are provided by an outside party and will be billed separately (if applicable).


If you are interested in financing any out-of-pocket expenses related to your procedure, Minnesota Eye Consultants offers two convenient financing options: Alphaeon Credit and CareCredit. Information for both can be found on our billing and financing page.

Contact Us!

If you have further questions about your insurance coverage or the financial aspects associated with your procedure, please feel free to contact us.

Surgery Verification Team: (952) 885-2462

  • Confirms insurance eligibility and benefits
  • Reviews and coordinates authorization or referrals for surgery
  • Calculates pre-surgical quotes for estimated patient responsibility

Patient Accounts Team: (952) 567-6003

  • Assists with financing options, or payment arrangements
  • Answers questions regarding payment collection on, or before your surgery
Pre-operative Physicals

For patients undergoing surgery in our ASC, a Pre-operative History and Physical is required within 30 days of the procedure. Please wait to schedule this until surgery dates have been booked, as this exam is time-sensitive and will need to be repeated if it falls outside of the 30-day window.

We are pleased to offer these convenient pre-operative physical exams to patients preparing for surgery. Rather than schedule an appointment with your primary physician, we can do your exam at any of our locations, eliminating the hassle of having your records transferred. Our in-house Physician Assistants, Jill Englund, Laura Gundale, Kristen Chuba and Mark Dsouza are familiar with our surgeon’s guidelines and have a clear understanding of what information is required for surgical clearance.

BMI (Body Mass Index)

Due to regulations and limitations within our ASC, and in an attempt to provide the best possible care to our surgical patients, some individuals will be scheduled for surgery at the Phillips Eye Institute (PEI) in Minneapolis. This facility is best suited to accommodate those in need of extra support or a hoyer lift while transferring, and for patients with a BMI over 45.

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If you have a BMI of 45 or above, you will need to schedule your evaluation and surgery with one of the physicians who practice at the Phillips Eye Institute. Below you will find a list of the Minnesota Eye Consultants physicians who perform surgery at this location and those who do not. Please mention any concerns about your BMI to our scheduling team as you make your appointments, and we’ll be sure that you see the appropriate provider.

  • Surgeons Who Perform Surgery at PEI
  • Thomas Samuelson, MD
  • David Hardten, MD, FACS
  • William Lipham, MD, FACS
  • Patrick Riedel, MD
  • Sherman Reeves, MD, MPH
  • Jill Melicher, MD
  • Christine Larsen, MD
  • Mark Hansen, MD
  • Clara Choo, MD
  • Omar Awad, MD, FACS
  • Krista J. Stewart, MD
  • Sara Maki, MD
  • Samuel Passi, MD
  • Surgeons Who Do NOT Perform Surgery at PEI
  • Richard Lindstrom, MD
  • Elizabeth Davis, MD, FACS
  • Surgeons Who Perform Surgery at PEI
  • Thomas Samuelson, MD
  • David Hardten, MD, FACS
  • William Lipham, MD, FACS
  • Patrick Riedel, MD
  • Sherman Reeves, MD
  • Jill Melicher, MD
  • Christine Larsen, MD
  • Mark Hansen, MD
  • Clara Choo, MD
  • Omar Awad, MD, FACS
  • Surgeons Who Do NOT Perform Surgery at PEI
  • Richard Lindstrom, MD
  • Elizabeth Davis, MD, FACS
Traveling to and From Surgery

Patients undergoing surgery of any kind are required to have someone drive them to and from the procedure. We also require that the driver remains in the waiting room until the patient is discharged. If the patient wishes, the individual accompanying them is welcome into the post-op area to listen to the discharge instructions following surgery. Many patients appreciate the second set of ears to ensure they understand all of the medication and healing instructions before they leave.

Maps & Visitor Guides

For those traveling to Minnesota Eye Consultants for the first time, please reference our custom maps for directions to our facilities.

Bloomington Map
Woodbury Map
Minnetonka Map
Minneapolis Map
Blaine Map

Visitor Reference Guides

For out-of-town guests, we’ve created Visitor Reference Guides, which include nearby hotel information (some even offer discounts for MN Eye patients!), a list of some popular restaurants in the area and info on where to find the nearest coffee shops.

Do You Need an Interpreter?

Please inform the scheduling team if you’d like an interpreter for your upcoming clinic appointment and/or surgery, and we’ll take it from there.

Pre-operative Call

Within one week of your procedure, you can expect a call from our pre-operative specialist to review a variety of reminders and instructions. They will discuss with you the surgery and arrival time, eating and drinking restrictions and any other instructions related to your specific procedure. Our pre-operative specialists are happy to answer any remaining questions you may have and will make sure you feel comfortable and prepared for your upcoming surgery.

Your Surgery Day

A few of these were mentioned above, but here are a few important reminders for the day of your surgery:

  • Fasting – Follow the appropriate fasting instructions provided during your pre-operative phone call. Depending on the type and time of your procedure, you may be asked to refrain from eating and drinking anything after midnight.
  • Surgery Folder – At the time of scheduling the procedure, you will likely receive a surgery folder containing post-op appointment information and discharge instructions, etc. Please bring this folder with you on surgery day.
  • Payment – If you are undergoing an elective procedure or are opting into an upgraded, non-covered service package, please be aware that we will collect payment at check-in.
  • Driver – Please have a driver accompany you to and from your surgery, and remain in the waiting room while you undergo the procedure. Depending on the surgery, they can plan to be at our facility for 2.5 – 4 hours, considering there is the time needed in both the pre-op and post-op areas in addition to the time needed to perform the procedure itself.

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