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Richard Lindstrom, M.D.

“What I’d like my patients to know about me is that I’m a caring physician and that I’m highly skilled and highly experienced, and I think those are two valuable things I look for in my own doctors. I think the first thing patients want to know is that you care, and my style is to be quite caring and compassionate.”


Dr. Lindstrom is the founder and attending surgeon at Minnesota Eye Consultants and an internationally recognized leader in corneal, cataract, refractive, glaucoma and laser surgery. He currently serves as an Adjunct Clinic Professor Emeritus at the University of Minnesota Department of Ophthalmology and visiting professor at the UC Irvine Gavin Herbert Eye Institute. He has been at the forefront of ophthalmology’s evolutionary changes throughout his career, as a recognized researcher, teacher, inventor, writer, lecturer, and highly acclaimed physician and surgeon.

After graduating Magna Cum Laude from the College of Liberal Arts at the University of Minnesota, Dr. Lindstrom completed his doctorate degree in medicine in 1972. He conducted research, residency and fellowship training in the cornea at the University of Minnesota and affiliated hospitals and extended his anterior segment surgery fellowship training at Mary Shiels Hospital in Dallas followed by a Heed Fellowship in Glaucoma at University Hospital in Salt Lake City, after two years of private practice in Dallas, TX. In 1980 Dr. Lindstrom returned to the University of Minnesota, where he spent ten years on the faculty of the Department of Ophthalmology, the last two as a full professor and the Harold G. Scheie Research Chair. He continues as Adjunct Clinical Professor Emeritus, Chairman of the Vision Foundation, a board director for the University of Minnesota Foundation and Associate Director of the Lions Gift of Sight (formerly the Minnesota Lions Eye Bank). He entered private practice in 1989 and has led the growth and expansion of Minnesota Eye Consultants having served as managing partner for 15 years. He is also a co-medical director of Precision Lens and Refractec. He is Chief Medical Editor of the USA and International editions of Ocular Surgery News, which reaches 82,000 ophthalmologists worldwide.

Dr. Lindstrom has been awarded over 40 patents in ophthalmology and has developed a number of corneal preservation solutions, intraocular lenses, and instruments that are used in clinical practices globally. He serves on many Board of Directors and is a frequent lecturer throughout the world on cornea, cataract, glaucoma, laser, and refractive surgery.

Dr. Lindstrom serves on a number of journal editorial boards, including JCRS and JRS. He is the Honorary Editor-in-Chief of the U.S./Chinese Journal of Ophthalmology. He has co-edited seven books, published over 350 peer-reviewed journal articles and 60 book chapters. His professional affiliations are extensive.

Dr. Lindstrom lives in Minneapolis on the shores of Lake Minnetonka with his wife Jaci and has two children and 5 grandchildren.