LASIK Eye Surgery in Burnsville, MN

Imagine waking up and seeing your alarm clock, or going about each day without the hassle of contact lens cases, messy solutions and dry eyes. Visualize a world that you can fully see, all the time.

Laser vision correction is helping people who are 21 years of age or older, are nearsighted or farsighted or have astigmatism. “Refractive surgery” is the term used to describe surgical procedures that correct common vision problems to reduce dependence on prescription eyeglasses and/or contact lenses. The procedure uses a precision laser to reshape the cornea enabling light entering the eye to properly focus onto the retina for clearer vision.

Is LASIK right for you?

The only way to know for sure if you are a candidate is to have a free consultation. with our Lasik Surgeon, Dr. Carlson. He will present you with your options including:

  • PRK

He will give you the information you need to select the procedure that is best for you and your vision. You will also have an opportunity to meet with our patient care coordinator to schedule the procedure if you are ready to proceed with laser vision correction.

We have an all-inclusive price at Claris Eye Care & LASIK. The cost of your procedure includes:

  • Taxes
  • Pre and post-operative care with your surgeon
  • Post-operative care for 1 year after the procedure
  • Procedure care kit
  • Lifetime enhancement

We will not fluctuate your cost based on the amount of nearsightedness, farsightedness, or astigmatism you have. We use the same advanced technology on all our patients, and because of the technology and precise steps we take before and after your surgery, we do not need to sell you a “warranty” or “guarantee” for the services we provide.

COST:    Contoura® LASIK, LASEK or PRK cost is: $3950 – FOR BOTH EYES

Although this is elective surgery, this is still a medical procedure. Other facilities may try to lure patients in with coupons, price matching or other bargains but that isn’t how we operate. You are not just a number to us. We provide the highest level of individualized patient care at every visit to ensure the best surgical outcome for you. We keep our price comparable to other facilities offering similar services and advanced technology. We encourage you to meet our team and see for yourself why “The Choice is Clear” when it comes to your eyes!

Claris Eye Surgery & LASIK has a world-class team that carefully crafts vision correction solutions tailored to each of our patient’s needs. Dr. Carlson has conducted thousands of surgeries, helping people eliminate their need for glasses for over 20 years. He uses Contoura® Vision which enhances the results of LASIK providing a more personalized and precise outcome.

Dr. Carlson utilizes the WaveLight Refractive Suite which includes the Alcon WaveLight® EX500 Wavefront Optimized Excimer laser, the Ziemer LDV Femtosecond laser, and Contoura® topography-guided system.

Preparing for your surgery

Before LASIK eye surgery, Dr. Carlson will perform a thorough eye exam to ensure your eyes are healthy enough for the procedure. He will evaluate:

  • The shape and thickness of your cornea
  • Other eye conditions
  • Your general health history and any medications you are taking to determine if you are a suitable candidate for LASIK.
  • The moisture level of your eyes will also be evaluated, and a precautionary treatment may be recommended to reduce your risk of developing dry eyes after LASIK.


What to expect during your procedure

The surgical process is comprised of five main steps:

  • Your medical history is reviewed and a mild sedative is given.
  • Your eyelids and lashes are thoroughly cleaned and anesthetic drops are applied to the eye(s). A gentle lid speculum is used to hold the eyelid open.
  • A protective tissue flap is created, revealing the inner corneal tissue.
  • Computer-controlled pulses of cool laser light are applied to the inner layers of the cornea, reshaping it to mimic a corrective contact lens or glass prescription.
  • Dr. Carlson gently replaces the tissue flap and aligns it to its original position. It heals over several days.

What to expect after your procedure

There are a few things to expect after the procedure is finished. Some blurry vision and haziness immediately after surgery are normal, however, clarity should improve by the very next morning. Your eyesight should continue to improve and stabilize over the first week, although in some cases it may take several weeks or longer.

Most patients are able to go to work the next day. You will need to use medicated drops and artificial tears during your post-operative healing time. It is recommended not to swim or use a hot tub for two weeks after surgery.

Most people achieve 20/20 vision or better after their surgery, but LASIK results do vary. Some people may achieve only 20/40 vision or less, and may still need to wear glasses or contact lenses following laser vision correction, though your prescription level typically will be much lower than before.

Are there any risks with LASIK?

While the LASIK procedure itself has an excellent safety profile, post-surgery issues can occur, such as infection, dry eye or night glare (starbursts, halos or rainbows that are most noticeable when you’re viewing lights at night, such as while you’re driving). Fewer than 3% of people will need a LASIK enhancement, or “touch up” procedure, a few months after the primary surgery to achieve ideal visual acuity.

Most medical fields deal with their share of common myths, including ophthalmology. When it comes to Laser Vision Correction surgery (LASIK), there are a number of myths we’ve encountered over the years that we feel should be addressed.
  • Frightening
  • Expensive Luxury
  • Doesn’t Last
  • Painful
  • Risky
  • Doesn’t Correct
  • Astigmatism
  • All Procedures Are The Same
  • Long Healing
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The three main types of laser vision correction are LASIK, LASEK, and PRK. Each procedure offers its own benefits. LASIK is the most popular refractive surgery performed today, however, there are a number of reasons such as corneal distortions or thin corneas that make LASEK or PRK the optimal choice. Dr. Carlson will review your medical history and vision conditions at the consultation, then advise you of your candidacy, surgical options and his recommendation of the best approach for you. Our entire Claris team can help explain vision correction options and possible complications so you’re comfortable with your choice. The consultation is free, so we encourage you to schedule a visit and learn what is possible for you!


In this procedure, a flap of superficial corneal tissue is created with a femtosecond laser. This flap is then raised and treatment is applied using an excimer laser. After treatment, the flap is returned to its original position.


In this procedure, a thin flap of corneal cells are rolled back but not totally removed. Treatment is applied using an excimer laser. After treatment, the cells are replaced on the surface of the cornea.


This procedure involves completely removing a portion of the corneal cells then applying the laser treatment. A new epithelial layer grows back within 5 days.

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