Richard L. Lindstrom, MD Thomas W. Samuelson, MD David R. Hardten, MD, FACS Elizabeth A. Davis, MD, FACS Patrick J. Riedel, MD Sherman W. Reeves, MD, MPH Christine Larsen, MD Omar E. Awad, MD, FACS Mark S. Hansen, MD
Providing cataract surgery in Bloomington, Blaine, Maplewood and Minnetonka.
The outstanding surgical team at Minnesota Eye Consultants is comprised of talented, board-certified surgeons with years of experience in the field of ophthalmology and subspecialty training in an array of eye care treatments.
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. The clouded lens is then broken into smaller pieces and extracted through the incision. The surgeon completes the procedure by replacing the clouded lens with a new 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 (this commonly occurs around age 40, resulting in the need for reading glasses). During a consultation, a Minnesota Eye Consultants surgeon will thoroughly explain the IOL options that are right for you, 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 Minnesota Eye Consultants’ various 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.
To schedule a one-on-one consultation with one of our cataract specialists, contact Minnesota Eye Consultants at (952) 888-5800.
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What Do Patients Say About the Cataract Surgeons at Minnesota Eye Consultants?
John & Nancy Gordon
“When Nancy was told by her family eye doctor, Dr. Blomquist of Apple Valley, that she needed cataract surgery, he recommended Minnesota Eye Consultants. Minnesota Eye Consultants has the most highly trained, experienced surgeons in this area for vision correction procedures. Dr. Davis recommended special implants that have allowed Nancy to perform most of her vision tasks without glasses. Nancy’s experience at Minnesota Eye Consultants has been exceptional, and she couldn’t be happier with her restored vision.” —John Gordon and his wife Nancy– Retired MN Twins Radio Broadcaster
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More About the Surgeons of Minnesota Eye Consultants
Richard L. Lindstrom, MD, is the founder and managing partner of Minnesota Eye Consultants and is recognized as an expert eye surgeon, researcher, teacher, inventor, writer and lecturer. He completed his undergraduate degree with honors, Magna Cum Laude, at the College of Liberal Arts, University of Minnesota and obtained his medical degree at the University of Minnesota, School of Medicine. After medical school, he completed several years of eye health research, an ophthalmology residency program and specialty fellowship training in corneal health at the University of Minnesota and affiliated hospitals. He extended his fellowship training at Mary Shield Hospital in Dallas and as a Heed Fellow in glaucoma and anterior segment at the University Hospitals in Salt Lake City. He holds numerous patents in ophthalmology and is internationally known for his expertise in eye surgery and laser vision correction. He plays a leadership role in the major ophthalmology organizations and has received numerous awards for his work and efforts, including the first lifetime achievement award from the International Society of Refractive Surgery.
Thomas W. Samuelson, MD, is a founding partner of Minnesota Eye Consultants. He completed his undergraduate Bachelors of Science Degree in chemistry at Concordia College. He received his medical degree from the University of Minnesota and performed his residency in ophthalmology at the University of South Florida, where he was selected as Chief Resident his final year. He completed specialty fellowship training in glaucoma at the prestigious Wills Eye Hospital in Philadelphia. Dr. Samuelson teaches new advancements to upcoming ophthalmology residents and plays important leadership roles in the major ophthalmology organizations.
David R. Hardten, MD, FACS, a founding partner of Minnesota Eye Consultants, is the current director of the clinical research department and one of the most prominent leaders in research and education concerning treatments of the cornea. He attended the University of Kansas and performed his residency in ophthalmology and specialty fellowship training in cornea and external diseases at the University of Minnesota. While at University of Minnesota, Dr. Hardten received numerous awards for his achievements, including noteworthy research awards. He’s an associate professor of ophthalmology at the University of Minnesota, Department of Ophthalmology and plays an important leadership role in the major ophthalmology clinical and research organizations. He also has been selected as a Fellow to the prestigious American College of Surgeons.
Elizabeth A. Davis, MD, FACS, is a partner at Minnesota Eye Consultants. She completed her undergraduate degree in mathematics with honors, Summa Cum Laude and Phi Beta Kappa, at Cornell University. Her medical degree was completed at the world-renowned Johns Hopkins University, School of Medicine, where she received many honors, including the Dean’s award. After completing four years of cardiac surgical residency, Dr. Davis switched her specialty to ophthalmology. She performed her residency in ophthalmology at Massachusetts Eye and Ear Infirmary of Harvard Medical School. She was selected as the Heed Fellow and performed her specialty fellowship training in cornea, refractive surgery and glaucoma at Minnesota Eye Consultants. She plays a leadership role in the major ophthalmology organizations and has been selected as a Fellow in the prestigious American College of Surgeons.
Patrick J. Riedel, MD, received his undergraduate degree with honors, magna cum laude and Phi Beta Kappa, from Carleton College and his medical degree from University of Minnesota, where he was recognized for a number of awards. He performed his residency in ophthalmology at the University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics and specialty fellowship training in glaucoma and cataracts at the University of Utah, John Moran Eye Center in Salt Lake City. 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, is a partner at Minnesota Eye Consultants. He earned an undergraduate degree from the University of Kansas and completed medical school and a masters degree in public health at Johns Hopkins University. He performed a residency in ophthalmology at Duke University, School of Medicine, where he was selected as Chief Resident his final year. Dr. Reeves then completed specialty fellowship training in cornea and refractive surgery at Minnesota Eye Consultants. He has received numerous awards and has authored multiple scientific articles and ophthalmology textbook chapters.
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 where she also 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.
Omar E. Awad, MD, FACS, is a partner at Minnesota Eye Consultants. He received his medical degree in ophthalmology from the University of Minnesota Medical School. He completed his internship at the Hennepin County Medical Center and his residency at the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center Eye and Ear Institute. Dr. Awad has completed a fellowship in Cornea, Cataract, and Refractive surgery at Johns Hopkins Wilmer Eye Institute in Baltimore, MD. He is a current member of the American Academy of Ophthalmology (AAO), the American Society of Cataract and Refractive Surgeons (ASCRS), the International Society of Refractive Surgeons, the Cornea Society and the Minnesota Academy of Ophthalmology.
Mark S. Hansen, MD, completed his undergraduate coursework and Doctorate in Medicine at the University of Utah in Salt Lake City. After a one-year residency at Sacred Heart Medical Center in Spokane, Washington, he completed his ophthalmology residency at Duke University in Durham, North Carolina. Following his residency, he was selected to be the Chief Resident where he was involved with resident education and surgical training. Dr. Hansen is actively involved in volunteer work and has published numerous articles, abstracts and posters.