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LASIK Eye Surgery

The surgeons at Minnesota Eye Consultants are widely regarded as the premier eye surgery specialists in Minneapolis and the greater Minnesota area. Our physicians are international experts in their fields with a comprehensive understanding of the whole health and function of the eye – cornea, glaucoma, cataract, dry eye and oculoplastics. We were the first practice to perform LASIK in Minnesota in 1994 and we’ve continually been on the forefront of refractive technology and innovation. Expand the section below to learn more about what makes us a top choice LASIK provider.

You want to know you’re getting the safest, most trusted treatment available. At Minnesota Eye Consultants, we take great care to determine not only what is best for you as our patient, but also as an individual.

Minnesota Eye Consultants’ eye doctors are regarded as true leaders in the development of laser eye surgery, from its inception to the approval by the Food and Drug Administration. We have stayed committed to pursuing research, training, and development in refractive surgery.

The practice serves as a teaching facility, training ophthalmologists, and clinic professionals across the globe.

  • While we have continually been at the forefront of refractive technology and innovation, our physicians are also international experts in their fields with a comprehensive understanding of the whole health and function of the eye – cornea, glaucoma, cataract, dry eye, and oculoplastics. You can be assured that we will take care of your eyes, no matter what the problem.
  • Our surgeons are subspecialty fellowship-trained. This means they have extensive training over and above what is required to practice ophthalmology. Several of our surgeons also hold patents for innovations in eye surgery technology.
  • We performed the first surgery in the state of Minnesota. Our practice was selected as one of the original five sites throughout the U.S. to investigate the excimer laser and present its safety and efficacy to the FDA prior to its approval in 1995.
  • We have the most advanced equipment available, which enables the surgeon to obtain the most accurate and precise results.
  • If it is determined that you are not a candidate or your surgeon thinks another option may be better for you, we can offer an array of alternatives to obtain your desired outcome.
  • We are the only private anterior segment practice in the Twin Cities area that has a dedicated research department committed to improving patient care and surgical outcomes.
  • Ask your family eye doctor about us, or look through the patient testimonials on our website. Our reputation speaks for itself.
  • Other doctors refer their patients to us if they have unusual eye health conditions or complicated cases.
  • We are The Preferred Ophthalmologists of the Minnesota Vikings. Professional athletes that have limitless options choose Minnesota Eye Consultants.
  • Our standard price is in line with the national and local averages for practices that utilize the same premier technology that we do.
  • We do not discount or coupon this procedure because we view refractive surgery as an important medical decision – not an assembly line procedure.

What is LASIK?

LASIK eye surgery is a vision correction procedure that reduces or eliminates the need for glasses or contacts for people with refractive errors such as nearsightedness, farsightedness or astigmatism. During LASIK eye surgery, your doctor reshapes the cornea using state-of-the-art laser technology, resulting in clearer vision.

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Customized Blade-Free Intralase (iLASIK)

Minnesota Eye Consultants offers the most advanced LASIK technology, called Intralase, or iLASIK. Intralase is a fully customized blade-free LASIK procedure. When you undergo an Intralase procedure, you get the most custom, individualized LASIK procedure possible.

Our LASIK team uses two lasers:

  • Femtosecond laser (to create a thin corneal flap)
  • Excimer laser (to reshape the cornea to desired curvature)

WaveScan WaveFront System Mapping

Your eye is unique—as personal as your fingerprint or your DNA. Minnesota Eye Consultants uses the WaveScan WaveFront system to create a 3-D map of your cornea. This provides detailed information on your vision correction requirements to develop a personalized treatment plan, just for you.

All information gathered from the WaveScan WaveFront System is used during your LASIK procedure and helps develop your custom laser vision correction plan for your surgeon.

Who is a Good Candidate for LASIK?

LASIK can be a life changing procedure, allowing you freedom from glasses and contacts, but certain individuals are better suited for the procedure than others.

You may be a good LASIK candidate if you:

  • are at least 18 years old
  • are not pregnant or nursing
  • have a stable prescription for at least one year
  • are free from eye injuries and infection
  • are not suffering from dry eye syndrome
  • have overall healthy eyes and appropriate corneal thickness
  • don’t have corneal diseases or cataracts
  • are tired of glasses and contacts

The best way to determine if you are a LASIK Candidate is to schedule a consultation with one of our LASIK Specialists. (This consultation is free for most patients – call our office to learn if you’d be eligible for a free LASIK screening.) We can determine if LASIK is right for you or we can explore your options for LASIK alternatives.

LASIK Alternatives

If you don’t qualify for LASIK, it doesn’t have to mean the end of your vision correction journey. Though LASIK is the most popular procedure, there are plenty of other excellent methods of correcting your vision. Visit our LASIK Alternatives page to learn more about these refractive treatments!

At Minnesota Eye Consultants, we offer the following LASIK alternatives:

PRK is a vision correction procedure with some similarities to LASIK. However, unlike LASIK, there is no flap created during PRK. Instead, the cornea’s epithelium is removed during the procedure, which regenerates during recovery. Recovering after PRK takes longer and is more uncomfortable than LASIK for most patients, but it provides virtually identical results as LASIK.

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The EVO Visian ICL is an implantable collamer lens inserted in front of the natural lens and behind the iris to correct nearsightedness and astigmatism. The EVO ICL is the only reversible vision correction procedure, meaning patients can have it removed at any time. It’s also biocompatible with the chemistry of the eye and will not cause dry eyes.

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Another option for patients that don’t qualify for LASIK is a natural lens replacement. Also called a clear lens extraction (CLE), natural lens replacements are like cataract surgery, but you don’t need to have a cataract to have the procedure. 

The natural lens is removed and replaced with an artificial lens (called an intraocular lens). The intraocular lens will allow you to see clearly. 

Natural lens replacements can be attractive to patients who want to avoid cataracts later in life while continuing to see clearly.

The Official LASIK Partner of the Minnesota Vikings!

Minnesota Eye Consultants is the proud LASIK partner of the Minnesota Vikings. We are humbled to be trusted with your vision and look forward to providing LASIK surgery to help you tackle your next adventure.

Recently caring for Harrison Smith (Safety for the MN Vikings) and C.J. Ham (Fullback for the Vikings), listen as they talk about their experience with refractive surgery at Minnesota Eye Consultants.

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Our Minnesota LASIK Surgeons

Thomas W. Samuelson, M.D.

Thomas W. Samuelson, M.D.

Specializes in: Glaucoma, Cataract & Refractive Surgery
Practices at: Bloomington, Minnetonka

David R. Hardten, M.D., F.A.C.S.

David R. Hardten, M.D., F.A.C.S.

Specializes in: Cornea, Cataract & Refractive Surgery
Practices at: Bloomington, Minnetonka

Elizabeth A. Davis, M.D., F.A.C.S.

Elizabeth A. Davis, M.D., F.A.C.S.

Specializes in: Cornea, Cataract & Refractive Surgery
Practices at: Bloomington

Patrick J. Riedel, M.D.

Patrick J. Riedel, M.D.

Specializes in: Glaucoma, Cataract & Refractive Surgery
Practices at: Blaine, Bloomington, Minnetonka

Sherman W. Reeves, M.D., M.P.H.

Sherman W. Reeves, M.D., M.P.H.

Specializes in: Cornea, Cataract & Refractive Surgery
Practices at: Blaine, Minnetonka, Woodbury

Mark S. Hansen, M.D.

Mark S. Hansen, M.D.

Specializes in: Cataract, Cornea, Glaucoma & Refractive Surgery
Practices at: Blaine,  Minnetonka