Keith Carlson, M.D.

For over 20 years, thousands of patients have trusted Dr. Carlson with their eyes. He is a Mayo Clinic trained and board-certified ophthalmologist. Dr. Carlson was among the first to work in laser vision correction, having begun before the opening of today’s mega-surgery centers. He is one of the most highly-experienced vision correction specialists in the region. Thousands of pairs of Minnesota eyes see better today because of his work.

Dr. Carlson holds a list of long certifications including LASIK, PRK, LASEK, Alcon Wavelight Wavefront Optimized laser vision correction, VISX Custom Wavefront Laser Vision Correction and small incision multi-focal intraocular lens surgery with ReSTOR and TECNIS multifocal IOL’s utilizing femtosecond laser technology.

Education / Memberships / Awards

  • “Top Doc” by Minneapolis St. Paul Magazine
  • Selected as one of the Best Doctors in America
  • Phillips Eye Institute Hope Award
  • Who’s Who of Board Certified Medical Specialists
  • University of North Dakota Medical School (Top of Class)
  • Graduate of Mayo School of Medicine
  • Tulane University, Masters of Medical Management
  • Fellow, American Academy of Ophthalmology
  • Fellow, American College of Surgeons and Heed Ophthalmic Society
  • Member, American Society of Cataract and Refractive Surgery
  • Member, International Society of Refractive Surgery
  • Member, Minnesota Academy of Ophthalmology
  • Member, American College of Physician Executives
  • Member, Alpha Omega Alpha Honor Society
  • Member, Phi Beta Kappa Honor Society
  • Member, Delta Omega Honor Society

As a board-certified physician specializing in Ophthalmology with a Masters in Medical Management, Dr. Carlson has this to share about caring for your vision: “Best part of my work: Taking people from a place of fear and concern about their vision and upcoming surgery to a new place of joy and relief with their improved vision post-operation. What my patients say about me: I take time to listen to their concerns and present their options and am available for further discussion after the visit. Favorite health tip: Every person should have routine eye exams. Wear protective glasses when working with metal or wood. Practice philosophy:  To improve vision and facilitate healing.”

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