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Joffe MediCenter
2311 Wayzata Boulevard South
Minneapolis, MN 55405

(866) 685-6993


Custom Wavefront LASIK in Minneapolis and the surrounding area

Dr. Karen A. Heuer

Karen A. Heuer, MD, is board certified by the American Board of Ophthalmology and is among the most experienced refractive ophthalmologists in the United States, having performed over 22,000 laser vision correction procedures since 1996. Her interest in, and passion for, laser vision correction was born soon after FDA approval of the procedure in 1995, and has only grown over time. In addition to the depth of experience and clinical skills Dr. Heuer brings, she is also known for her caring, comforting demeanor. After spending time with Dr. Heuer, patients are not surprised to learn she trained as a nurse prior to becoming a medical doctor. From conducting retrospective studies on centration methods in hyperopic patients with Angle Kappa to being known to hug her patients, Dr. Heuer's passion for excellence in patient care is honestly unique.

Dr. Heuer and her team at Joffe MediCenter believe that the cornerstone of a successful LASIK treatment is a thorough patient evaluation. They employ a combination of the latest diagnostic technologies and personal interviews to learn about patients' vision correction needs, goals and preferences. Dr. Heuer uses this information to create and implement personalized LASIK treatment plans. As a result, patients typically achieve outstanding surgical results and enjoy vision of 20/20 or better.

At Joffe MediCenter, the vision correction team is dedicated to providing sophisticated, life-enhancing eye care. To achieve this goal, they use leading-edge LASIK technologies and focus on attentive patient care. Dedicated to providing the best possible LASIK care, Joffe MediCenter surgeons and team members regularly attend continuing education classes to further their technical and interpersonal skills. As a result, Joffe MediCenter patients receive highly effective LASIK treatments in a supportive, healing-oriented environment.

If you would like to explore your LASIK vision correction options, schedule a personal consultation by contacting Joffe MediCenter at (866) 685-6993. All consultations are free.

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Laser Eye Surgery at Joffe MediCenter

Joffe MediCenter's mission is to provide excellent patient care and the highest quality LASIK treatments — a commitment that has remained unchanged since the center was founded. To realize its mission, the center is equipped with some of the newest diagnostic and surgical instruments.

The Joffe MediCenter team begins each vision correction treatment by using the Orbscan and custom wavefront analyzers to create a detailed 3D map of the cornea. This map is unique to each individual, and it shows even the minutest flaws in the cornea's shape. The Joffe MediCenter eye surgeon then uses this map to determine whether the patient is a LASIK candidate. If so, the ophthalmologist further relies on the wavefront map to program the excimer laser so that it delivers an exact treatment customized for each individual cornea.

When performing LASIK surgery, the laser eye surgeon first creates a small flap in the cornea. Dr. Heuer uses the Bausch & Lomb Zyoptix XP microkeratome (a mechanical blade) to accomplish this task. The purpose of the flap is to gain access to the stroma — the underlying corneal tissue. In addition, the corneal flap serves as a natural bandage after the LASIK surgery is completed.

At Joffe MediCenter, Dr. Heuer reshapes the cornea using the Alcon Allegretto Wave excimer laser or the Bausch & Lomb Technolas 217z Zyoptix system. Both of these laser platforms use a cool laser beam to adjust the corneal shape, and they both deliver excellent vision correction outcomes. When combined with the detailed corneal maps developed by the wavefront analyzers, the excimer lasers are able to correct a variety of refractive errors, including myopia, hyperopia and astigmatism.

At Joffe, it is our commitment to make LASIK affordable and accessible. With multiple financing plans to fit any budget, your per eye payments can be as low as approximately $1 per day!

What Do Patients Say About Their Experiences With Joffe MediCenter?

"The no pressure sales approach and the flat rate pricing was what attracted me. I was offended by the "bait and switch" at another provider. The entire process was professional and pleasing. The staff was very good about letting me know what was about to occur and did a good job of explaining the after surgery care."
—Kirk T.

"All the staff is as good as you get, all very nice and professional. I felt very relaxed and comfortable from the moment I walked in to the time I left after my LASIK procedure was done. My follow up visits were just as great. I wore contacts for many years and don't miss them one bit. Joffe is the best in the business, so if you're considering the LASIK eye procedure, Joffe's the one to see and the cost is the best part. I saved almost half of what my wife paid a year ago at another LASIK place. Thanks!"
—Dan B.

"I am extremely happy with the results of my LASIK treatment from Joffe. The staff is very friendly and available to answer any questions and address any concerns. It was a wonderful experience from start to finish. Thank you." —Jenn H.

"I was very happy with my LASIK procedure and the results. Also, the Joffe staff made the entire experience, from my initial exam through my follow ups, very pleasant. I'd recommend (and have recommended) Joffe to others anytime." —Pat P.

More About Karen A. Heuer, MD

Karen A. Heuer, MD, is a graduate of the University of Colorado, where she obtained a bachelor's degree in molecular, cellular and developmental biology. Dr. Heuer trained as a registered nurse prior to applying to medical school. She then earned her medical degree, graduating with honors, from the prestigious University of Colorado School of Medicine, where she received a number of honors and prizes. With her strong surgical skills and personal interest in vision care, Dr. Heuer went on to specialize in ophthalmology, completing an ophthalmology residency. Her professional memberships are numerous, and have included the American Society of Cataract and Refractive Surgery, the American Medical Association, the American Academy of Ophthalmology, the Colorado Medical Society and the Clear Creek Valley Medical Society, among others. Dr. Heuer is certified and has experience with all the leading excimer laser platforms in the marketplace, including the WaveLight Allegretto Wave Eye-Q excimer laser and the Bausch & Lomb Technolas 217 excimer laser. Hailing originally from the Midwest, Dr. Heuer's academic studies initially took her to the Colorado area, where she spent some time raising her family and building her reputation as one of the nation's leading LASIK doctors. As her daughters head off to college, Dr. Heuer is excited to reconnect with some family as she spends more time in the Twin Cities. Dr. Heuer is an avid runner and skier, a pianist and a competitive athlete.

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