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Minnesota Eye Consultants' Clinical Research Department was created to ensure high quality pre-clinical and clinical trials in vision research. Clinical research is an important component of our practice because it extends new technologies to patients and increases the overall standard of vision care. Our physicians, surgeons and researchers have participated in vision research studies for years, and are among a select group of individuals whose contributions led to many of the refractive surgery technologies in use today.

Research study success begins with a dedicated team of researchers and medical personnel who have years of experience in clinical trials, consulting and management. The research team is comprised of ophthalmologists, doctors of optometry, fellow physicians, a clinical research manager, clinical research coordinators and technicians. Research activities are conducted within our metro-area clinics.

Major areas of investigation include: LASIK Eye Surgery, refractive surgery, complex case management, cataract surgery, natural lens replacement surgery, glaucoma management, corneal transplantation, iris reconstruction, surgical instrumentation and drug therapies.

Current Studies

We are currently engaged in the following studies and are accepting enrollment of participants:

Cornea Studies
Cornea Crosslinking treatment for patients with keratoconus post-LASIK ectasia, and similar eye problems

Dry Eye Studies
Eyelid Hygiene Study
Do you experience any of these symptoms: eyelid itching, eyelid swelling, or eyelid redness? You could qualify to take part in a compensated research study to study ocular surface disease when using an eyelid hygiene product. Must be 18 or older and not using contact lenses. For more information, please contact the Research Department at (952) 567-6111.

Kala Pharmaceuticals’ Dry Eye Study

Eye Allergy Studies

We do not have any enrolling Eye Allergy studies at this time.

Glaucoma Studies
Allergan Bimatoprost Study

InnFocus Glaucoma Study

Glaukos iStent

Intraocular Lens Studies
We do not have any enrolling Intraocular Lens studies at this time.

Iris Studies
Artificial Iris Study

Contact Us!

Clinical Research Team
Director of Research: David R. Hardten, M.D., F.A.C.S.
Clinical Research Manager: Lindsey Fallenstein, BS, CCRC, CCRP
Clinical Research Coordinators: Erich Berg, Alex Belsaas, Danielle Vitali
Clinical Research Technicians: Emily Eskola & Kimberly Baker

Contact the Research Department

For more information, please contact Minnesota Eye Consultants' Clinical Research Department

Telephone E-mail Mail
(612) 813-3607

9801 Dupont Ave S, Suite 200,
Bloomington, MN 55431

10709 Wayzata Blvd,
Minnetonka, MN 55305


Research Study Registry

Our Research Study Registry is a completely voluntary and secure database created and maintained by our research department. It allows our research staff to contact you about our current studies if we have one that appears to match your interests. These studies will have been previously reviewed and approved by an Institutional Review Board to evaluate the risks and benefits of each study.

Research Study Registry is not a research project - it is a registry of information about individuals who are interested in research and willing to be contacted about participation in research studies. If we contact you about a study, you are not required to participate in or volunteer for the study. If we provide you with information about an available study, it does not mean that Minnesota Eye Consultants, P.A. is recommending that you participate in or consider participating in that study. And, you can always remove yourself from the Study Registry by emailing


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