Our History

Claris Eye Care & Surgery was established in 2009.  It is owned and operated by Keith H. Carlson, MD.  Dr. Carlson is Mayo trained with 20 years of experience in advanced ophthalmic practice.  He has thousands of procedures to his name.

Claris Eye Care & Surgery was created to bring a renewed focus on patient needs and care.

“Over the years, I have worked with the best people in the business. I am grateful for those opportunities,” says Dr. Carlson.  “I feel that many aspects of patient care have been lost.  With Claris, our team renews a commitment to the patient.”

That renewed commitment consists of limited wait times for patients; same-day appointments; the implementation of advanced clinical technology for improved outcomes; and the use of electronic medical records that support greater transparency, improved administration, and timeliness in communication with patients.

Expanded focus on patients includes work with those who cannot afford proper eye care.  “The people who can benefit from proper eye care often times do not receive it,” says Marti Orr, Claris’ Lead Ophthalmic Technologist.  “That is why we support programs that help serve the vision needs of such patients.”

One specific program supported by Claris is the Early Youth Eyecare (EYE) program operated by the Phillips Eye Institute.  EYE provides free vision screening to thousands of public school children.

In addition to a clinical team with extensive experience, Claris also has an experienced administrative team committed to helping patients navigate the challenging world of insurance.  Claris has contracted with a wide variety of insurance companies, and also provides financing through two independent companies to assist with payment of high deductibles and non-covered services.

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