Minnesota Eye Consultants
The outstanding surgical team at Minnesota Eye Consultants is comprised of talented, board-certified surgeons with years of experience in the field of ophthalmology. Dr. Richard L. Lindstrom, founder of Minnesota Eye Consultants, is an accomplished eye surgeon and current president of the prestigious American Society of Cataract and Refractive Surgery. Dr. Lindstrom is a recipient of the International Society of Refractive Surgery's Lifetime Achievement Award, as well as the Eye Bank Association of America's Patron Award. Members of his surgical team have also received numerous honors, including the American Academy of Ophthalmology's Senior Achievement Award, the William Steward Halsted Award and "America's Top Docs" recognition by Castle Connolly.
The cataract surgeons at Minnesota Eye Consultants specialize in "no-stitch" cataract surgery. During the procedure, the surgeons create a small, self-sealing incision in the eye. Then, the clouded lens is broken into smaller pieces and extracted through the incision. The surgeon completes the procedure by replacing the clouded lens with an intraocular lens implant (IOL).
Intraocular lenses, or IOLs, are implantable devices that replace the natural lens in the human eye. Technology has improved drastically in recent years, and the possibility for achieving optimal visual outcomes has never been greater. Today, IOLs can treat both cataracts and presbyopia. During consultation, a Minnesota Eye Consultants surgeon will thoroughly explain the appropriateness of using an IOL and make you aware of the risks, benefits and realistic expectations for your improved eyesight.
The cataract surgery procedure is performed on an out-patient basis at one of three Minnesota Eye Consultants Ambulatory Surgery Centers, and takes only a few minutes. Patients are free to return home to rest in comfort and avoid the inconvenience and expense of a hospital stay. In most cases, daily activities such as driving and reading can be resumed almost immediately.
In addition to cataract surgery, the surgeons at Minnesota Eye Consultants also perform phakic intraocular lens implantation to treat patients who suffer from severe myopia. Patients who are not good candidates for LASIK surgery often benefit from phakic IOLs.
To schedule a one-on-one consultation with Dr. Lindstrom, Dr. Hardten, Dr. Samuelson, Dr. Davis, Dr. Riedel or Dr. Reeves, contact Minnesota Eye Consultants at (612) 813-3600.
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To schedule a one-on-one consultation with Dr. Lindstrom, Dr. Hardten, Dr. Samuelson, Dr. Davis, Dr. Lipham, Dr. Riedel or Dr. Reeves, contact Minnesota Eye Consultants at (612) 813-3600.
"When I asked my optometrist about LASIK, he said that Minnesota Eye Consultants was the place to go. As a professional baseball pitcher, I was naturally hesitant about having surgery on my eyes and any associated risk that could ruin my career. The complete experience at Minnesota Eye Consultants, and the perfect result I have, is very rewarding to me. From the skill of Dr. Davis my surgeon, to the dedicated care from the entire staff, I am very happy my eye doctor sent me to Minnesota Eye Consultants for my surgery." Jesse Crain, MLB Minnesota Twins Pitcher
"I am extremely pleased that I decided to have LASIK eye surgery this summer by Dr. Elizabeth Davis at the Minnesota Eye Consultants. The staff and doctors were truly supportive and made me feel comfortable about a big decision. My surgery has allowed me to wake up every morning and see at 100 percent! LASIK eye surgery has changed my life. I am now able to play hockey without any contacts. I recommend Minnesota Eye Consultants to anyone considering LASIK eye surgery." Stephane Veilleux, NHL Tampa Bay Lightning Player
"I asked my family eye doctor about LASIK surgery and he told me Minnesota Eye Consultants was the best place to go. Dr. Samuelson performed my surgery just before training camp started. I'm enjoying my new improved vision behind the bench, and now what I see the players are not always happy." Jacques Lemaire, Head Coach of the NHL Minnesota Wild Team
"I couldn't function without contacts putting them in first thing in the morning, and having to take them out again for even a nap on the team bus. I was referred to Minnesota Eye Consultants for LASIK, and I couldn't be happier with the results. I now see 20/20 or better it's fantastic. I would recommend Minnesota Eye Consultants to others, like me, who are motivated after years of wearing contact lenses. I had a great experience perfect vision the next day." Don Lucia, Head Hockey Coach of the University of Minnesota Golden Gophersn
"When I asked my family eye doctor, Dr. Mjelstad from the Hopkins Eye Clinic about LASIK, he said only consider Minnesota Eye Consultants. He said they have terrific surgeons and are one of the leaders in the country in research on all types of Laser Vision Correction. I saw Dr. Samuelson at Minnesota Eye who performed the iLASIK procedure and I am doing great. The entire team at Minnesota Eye Consultants was very professional and caring, and I would recommend them highly to anyone looking for a laser vision correction option to glasses or contact lenses." Michael Cuddyer, MLB Minnesota Twins Right Fielder
"When I came to Minnesota, I met Dr. Hersman from the Hopkins Eye Clinic and he has always taken good care of my eyes. When I thought about having Laser Vision Correction, he recommended Minnesota Eye Consultants as the best place to have a consultation. I had the iLASIK procedure, which has been great, and Dr. Hardten and the entire staff at Minnesota Eye Consultants were very caring, explaining every part of the process in great detail. I'm looking forward to playing professional baseball without the hassle of contact lenses." Justin Morneau, MLB Minnesota Twins Player and American League's MVP 2006
"As a professional tournament fisherman and guide, my eyesight is critical to any success I may have. Dr. Riedel and his staff at Minnesota Eye Consultants could not have been any more caring or reassuring about my concerns. I no longer have to worry about contact lenses, including the expense of solutions and frequent replacement cost. My experience at Minnesota Eye was great, and my new vision is perfect." Matt Peters, FLW Fishing Professional
Richard L. Lindstrom, MD, completed an undergraduate degree with magna cum laude honors, as well as a medical degree, residency and cornea fellowship, at the University of Minnesota. He performed an anterior segment surgery fellowship at Mary Shield Hospital in Dallas. Dr. Lindstrom served as Head Fellow in Glaucoma at University Hospital in Salt Lake City. Following his medical training, Dr. Lindstrom returned to the University of Minnesota, where he serves as Adjunct Professor Emeritus in Ophthalmology, Chairman of the Vision Foundation and Director of the Minnesota Lions Eye Bank. He is also Medical Director of TLC Vision, Midwest Surgical Services and Refractec, and Chief Medical Editor of Ocular Surgery News. Dr. Lindstrom holds several ophthalmologic technology patents and has written numerous published journal articles and book chapters. He is a member of the Executive Committee for the American Society of Cataract and Refractive Surgery, and has served as president of several organizations, including the International Society of Refractive Surgery, the International Intra-Ocular Implant Club and the International Refractive Surgery Club. In addition, he is the Global Education Liaison of the International Society of Refractive Surgery.
Thomas W. Samuelson, MD, completed a Doctor of Medicine degree at the University of Minnesota and a residency at the University of South Florida in St. Petersburg, where he served as Chief Resident his final year. Dr. Samuelson also performed sub-specialty training at the Wills Eye Hospital in Philadelphia. He serves as a Clinical Associate Professor of Ophthalmology at the University of Minnesota; Co-Director of Glaucoma Service and Instructor of Ophthalmic Pharmacology at Regions Hospital in St. Paul; and as a Consultant for the Veterans Affairs Medical Center in Minneapolis. Dr. Samuelson is also the former president of the International Society of Spaeth Fellows, Wills Eye Hospital's Glaucoma Fellows Society, the Minneapolis and St. Paul Ophthalmology Societies, and the Phillips Eye Institute's Education Committee. In addition, Dr. Samuelson manages the American Academy of Ophthalmology's (AAO) glaucoma courses and is a member of the Basic Clinical Science Course Committee for the AAO. He is an editor for several academic journals. Dr. Samuelson is a member of several prestigious medical organizations, including the American Academy of Ophthalmology, the American Eye Study Club and the International Intra-Ocular Lens Implant Club.
David R. Hardten, MD, FACS, earned undergraduate and medical degrees from the University of Kansas. He went on to complete an ophthalmology residency at the University of Minnesota and a cornea and external disease fellowship at the Phillips Eye Institute in Minneapolis, where he received the ARVO/National Eye Institute Fellow Award. Dr. Hardten is an Adjunct Associate Professor of Ophthalmology at the University of Minnesota, an Adjunct Professor at the Illinois College of Optometry, and an instructor for VISX/AMO and TLCVision. He also teaches at Regions Hospital in St. Paul and the Veterans Medical Center in Minneapolis. Dr. Hardten has served as Board Director for the International Society of Refractive Surgery and the Contact Lens Association of Ophthalmologists; Co-Medical Director for Laser Vision Centers; and Program Director for the Refractive Surgery Interest Group of the American Academy of Ophthalmology, where he was awarded the Distinguished Achievement and Senior Achievement awards. In addition, he is a Member of the Clinical Advisory Board for TLC Vision. Dr. Hardten has written several published journal articles and book chapters.
Elizabeth A. Davis, MD, FACS, earned her undergraduate degree with summa cum laude honors at Cornell University, where she was invited to the Phi Beta Kappa, Phi Kappa Phi and Mortar Board national honor societies. During her time at Cornell she received several research awards and was selected as a Presidential Scholar. Dr. Davis completed a medical degree at Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, where she graduated first in her class. While in medical school she received the Lange Medical Student Award several times, as well as the Franklin Pain Mall Prize, the Hewlett-Packard Top Medical Graduate Award, the Janet M. Glasgow Memorial Award and the William Steward Halsted Award. After medical school, Dr. Davis performed a cardiac surgery residency and an immunology research fellowship at Johns Hopkins University. She later completed an ophthalmology residency at Massachusetts Eye and Ear Infirmary and sub-specialty fellowship training in cornea, external disease, refractive surgery and glaucoma at Minnesota Eye Consultants. Dr. Davis serves as an Adjunct Assistant Clinical Professor at the University of Minnesota. She is a member of the American Academy of Ophthalmology (AAO), the American Society of Cataract and Refractive Surgery (ASCRS), the Refractive Surgery Interest Group and the International Society of Refractive Surgery. Dr. Davis is also a member of the AAO Committee for Ophthalmic Technology Development, the ASCRS Refractive Surgery and Government Relations committees, and the Board of Directors for the American Board of Eye Surgery.
William J. Lipham, MD, FACS, received an undergraduate degree from the University of Wisconsin and a medical degree from the Baylor College of Medicine in Houston. While in medical school, Dr. Lipham was selected to the Howard Hughes Medical Institute-National Institutes of Health Research Scholars Program at the National Institutes of Health in Bethesda, Maryland. He then performed a transitional internship at the University of Hawaii, an ophthalmology residency at Bascom Palmer Eye Institute in Miami and an American Society of Ophthalmic Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery fellowship at Duke University Eye Center. Dr. Lipham is the former president of the Minneapolis Ophthalmology Society and is a member of several medical organizations, including the American Medical Association and the American Society of Ophthalmic Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery. He is also the author of a book on cosmetic procedures.
Patrick J. Riedel, MD, earned an undergraduate degree with magna cum laude honors from Carleton College in Northfield, Minnesota, where he was selected to join the Phi Beta Kappa honor society. He later completed a medical degree at the University of Minnesota Medical School, where he was a member and served as president of the Alpha Omega Alpha honor society. Dr. Riedel performed an internship at Hennepin County Medical Center in Minneapolis and an ophthalmology residency at the University of Iowa, where he was selected as Chief Resident his final year. He then completed a glaucoma and cataract surgery fellowship at the University of Utah's John Moran Eye Center in Salt Lake City. Dr. Riedel serves as an Assistant Clinical Professor of Ophthalmology at the University of Minnesota, an Instructor in Ocular Pharmacology at Regions Hospital, a Consultant for the Veterans Affairs Medical Center in Minneapolis and an Examiner for the American Board of Ophthalmology. He is a member of several medical organizations, including the American Academy of Ophthalmology, the American Society of Cataract and Refractive Surgery, the American Glaucoma Society and the Minnesota Academy of Ophthalmology.
Sherman W. Reeves, MD, MPH, completed an undergraduate degree with distinction at the University of Kansas, where he was inducted into the Phi Beta Kappa honor society and received the Agnes Wright Strickland Award. He later earned a Doctor of Medicine degree and a Masters in Public Health degree at the Johns Hopkins School of Medicine in Baltimore. Following medical school Dr. Reeves performed an internal medicine internship at the University of Maryland's Mercy Medical Center and an ophthalmology residency at the Duke University Eye Center, where he served as Chief Resident his final year. He then completed a sub-specialty fellowship in cornea, external disease, glaucoma and refractive surgery at Minnesota Eye Consultants. Dr. Reeves has been recognized for his outstanding work with numerous awards, including the Harry S. Truman Scholarship, the Watt/Hansel Fellowship, the Wilmer Ophthalmological Institute Dana Center Student Award, the Henry Strong Denison Award for Excellence in Research, the Sibley and Catherine Hoobler Award for Excellence in Public Health and Medicine, the Dastgheib Eye Surgery Award, the American Medical Association Foundation Leadership Award, the American Academy of Ophthalmology Star Award and the Claes Dohlman Society Award. Dr. Reeves has written numerous journal articles and textbook chapters, and teaches ophthalmology at Regions Hospital in St. Paul. He is a member of several medical organizations, including the American Academy of Ophthalmology, the American Society of Cataract and Refractive Surgery (ASCRS), the ASCRS Young Physicians and Residents Committee and the Minnesota Academy of Ophthalmology.
Jill S. Melicher, MD, attended Concordia College in Moorhead, Minn., for undergraduate training and then earned her medical degree at the University of North Dakota School of Medicine and Health Sciences. She fulfilled residency training at the University of Minnesota Medical School where she rotated with Minnesota Eye Consultants physicians. Dr. Melicher completed her fellowship training under the direction of Dr. Jeffrey Nerad at the University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics in Iowa City, Iowa, and Cincinnati Eye Institute in Cincinnati, Ohio. She is board certified in ophthalmology and is a member of the American Academy of Ophthalmology. Dr. Melicher specializes in ophthalmic plastics and reconstructive surgery.
Christine L. Larsen, MD, pursued her undergraduate degree at Nebraska Wesleyan University in Lincoln, where she was a four-time recipient of the Nebraska Wesleyan University Scholar Award, and graduated with Highest Distinction. She completed her doctor of medicine degree at the University of Nebraska Medical Center, where she received the Bookmeyer Scholarship, the Rudolph & Gerald Schenken, MD Scholarship and the Nebraska Medical Foundation Student Research Grant. Dr. Larsen obtained her ophthalmology residency training at the University of Nebraska Medical Center, as well, where she served as Chief Resident and was honored with the Outstanding Resident Research Award. She completed her fellowship in Glaucoma at the University of Wisconsin in Madison, WI and was awarded a number of other scholarships and grants throughout her academic career. Dr. Larsen is a member of the American Academy of Ophthalmology, the American Glaucoma Society and the American Society of Cataract and Refractive Surgery.
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