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LASIK Eye Surgery

We know how overwhelming it can be to not only research LASIK eye surgery in Minneapolis but to select a qualified surgeon that you feel comfortable and confident with. Like any surgery, the experience of the doctor is the most important factor in achieving the best results. Do your homework, and confidently select a qualified surgeon you trust.

The ophthalmologists at Minnesota Eye Consultants would be honored to help you meet your goal of improved vision. We 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.

Laser eye surgery reshapes the cornea (the eye’s clear outer window) so that light rays focus more precisely on the retina. To do this, a thin flap on the cornea is made using a laser. The surgeon lifts this flap, reshapes the cornea to the desired curvature, and then repositions the flap back into place. Many people sit up and immediately notice a better vision.

We offer the most advanced solution available: Intralase, a fully customized, blade-free procedure that utilizes an excimer laser. Undergoing surgery frees you from the dependence of eyeglasses and contact lenses.

What Does it Correct?

Surgery is commonly performed to treat nearsightedness, farsightedness, and astigmatism.

Nearsightedness

(Myopia) is when the eye is shaped too long, causing the light rays to fall in front of the retina. If you suffer from nearsightedness, you will have a difficult time seeing objects at a distance. Surgery can correct this by removing tissue from the center of the eye, creating a flatter cornea.

Farsightedness

(Hyperopia) is when the cornea is too flat, causing the light to focus beyond the retina. If you suffer from farsightedness, you will have a difficult time seeing objects up close. Surgery can correct this by removing tissue from the outer part of the cornea.

Astigmatism

Astigmatism occurs when the eyeball is shaped more like a football than a baseball. This causes the light to fall on various points of the retina, causing blurry vision. Surgery can correct this by selectively removing tissue in certain areas to create a more spherical shape to the eye.

Why Choose Minnesota Eye Consultants?

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.
Free Screening

Minnesota Eye Consultants offers FREE screenings* to new patients that have not had previous eye surgery! Call and speak to our Ophthalmologists to see if you qualify (952) 567-6020.

*(Not all patients are eligible for a free screening.)

iLASIK LogoiLASIK is a revolution in laser eye surgery. It represents the pinnacle of blade-free, fully customized laser vision correction, and is the premium solution available in the world today.

  • 100% blade-free – combines all the latest all-laser technology.
  • 100% customized – tailored to the unique characteristics of your eyes.
  • Incredibly safe – one of the safest medical procedures in the world.
  • Highly effective – the majority of patients experience 20/20 vision or better.
  • Fast & virtually painless – it only takes a few seconds to correct each eye.
  • Suitable for almost everyone – more people treated than ever before.

 

How Does it Work?

Creating your personalized vision profile: The first step in the procedure is to perform a wavefront diagnosis using the WaveScan WaveFront System. Your eye is unique—as personal as your fingerprint or your DNA. The WaveScan WaveFront system creates a 3-D map that provides detailed information on your vision correction requirements to develop a personalized laser vision correction plan.

Making the flap: The procedure EXCLUSIVELY uses a process called the IntraLase method to create a personalized thin flap that is folded back in preparation to gently reshape the cornea. Studies have shown that flaps created with the IntraLase method have fewer complications and greater stability than flaps created with a blade.1-3 Eighty-one percent of patients choose bladeless surgery over traditional surgery with a blade when given the choice.

Delivering personalized vision correction: Once the flap has been made, a second, ultra-precise “cool” laser is used to gently reshape the cornea to the desired curvature, based on the digital information from your personalized WaveScan WaveFront map. With your laser vision correction made, your doctor will reposition the flap, and your procedure is complete. Many people sit up and immediately notice dramatically improved better vision.

The IntraLase® Method for a Bladeless Experience

IntraLase LASIK TechnologyWe know the decision to undergo surgery is a big one, so we take great care to determine what’s best for you as our patient. That’s why we offer blade-free treatment using the IntraLase method. With the IntraLase method, pulses of laser light create your corneal flap, which is then lifted so the next step, the reshaping of your cornea, can be performed. When your treatment is over, the flap is securely repositioned into place. This bladeless, computer-guided technology is more accurate than most of the mechanical microkeratomes (hand-held devices with a thin metal blade) that surgeons may also use to create a corneal flap.

IntraLase® Assurance and Comfort

The IntraLase method has been used successfully on hundreds of thousands of eyes and we trust this advanced technology to deliver exceptional results. Our commitment is to provide you with the ultimate in comfort, safety, and outstanding vision. IntraLase can help you achieve all of this—while it delivers the added assurance of knowing you’re being treated with the most advanced technology there is.

IntraLase® Preferred by Patients.

In a survey of clinical practices, the vision in the IntraLase-treated eye was preferred up to 3 to 1 by patients over the vision in the mechanical blade–treated eye (among those who stated a preference). Performed with IntraLase, this procedure delivers superior visual results. In a clinical study comparing the IntraLase laser to the leading microkeratome, more patients achieved 20/20 vision or better in standard and custom surgery when the IntraLase method was used to create the corneal flap.

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How the IntraLase® Method Works

Unlike mechanical instruments, IntraLase technology is uniquely able to program the dimensions of your flap based on what’s best for your eye. Then the IntraLase laser creates your flap from below the surface of the cornea—without ever cutting it. How?

  1. Ultra-fast pulses of laser light position microscopic bubbles at a precise depth determined by your doctor.
  2. The laser light passes harmlessly through your cornea. Then the laser creates rows of these bubbles just beneath your corneal surface as it moves back and forth across your eye in a uniform plane.
  3. Next, the IntraLase laser stacks bubble around your corneal diameter to create the edges of your flap. These bubbles are stacked at an angle that is determined by your doctor and is individualized to the way your eye is shaped.
  4. The process takes only about 30 seconds from start to finish— it’s quiet and it’s comfortable.
  5. Your doctor then gently lifts the flap to allow for the second step of your treatment. When treatment is complete, the flap easily “locks” back into position and rapidly begins to heal.

Because of the superior accuracy of the IntraLase method, certain patients who were ineligible for the procedure may now be able to have treatment. Ask your doctor today if you are a candidate.

Why Choose MN Eye?

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Patient Testimonials

Our Minnesota LASIK Surgeons

Richard L. Lindstrom, M.D.

Richard L. Lindstrom, M.D.

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

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,
Woodbury

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, Minneapolis, Minnetonka

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