What Our Patients Say

Listen as some of our patients talk about their LASIK eye surgery at Minnesota Eye Consultants.

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Harrison Smith, Safety for the Minnesota Vikings

“I feel like I’m looking through binoculars now, which in my position, normally on the back-end away from people, it helps. Getting ready on game day, knowing I already have that laser eyesight, I don’t have to wait to put my contacts in or deal with anything during the game.”

Dave St. Peter
Minnesota Twins President

Dave St. Peter“Simply put, Minnesota Eye Consultants are the best in the business. Their overall approach, staff and attention to detail made for a wonderful LASIK experience. Most importantly, Minnesota Eye delivers results as my eye sight returned to excellent levels. I highly recommend Minnesota Eye for anyone considering this procedure.”

Anthony Herrera
Former Professional Football Player

Anthony Herrera“When I first thought about LASIK I made an appointment with my own eye doctor at Hopkins Eye Clinic. His examination determined that I was a good candidate for the procedure. He then recommended Minnesota Eye Consultants as the place to go. He said they have the newest equipment and have the best surgeons in the area. Dr. Riedel gave me a great result, and I played the entire 2009 season without the need for contact lenses. It is really great to not have the hassle of glasses or contacts anymore. Minnesota Eye has a great team and they make you very comfortable during the whole process.”

Ray Edwards
Former Professional Football Player

Ray Edwards“My contact lenses worked pretty well most of the time, but they started to become more of a hassle when I was playing football. I found that several of my teammates and coaches from the Minnesota Vikings had Laser Vision Correction at Minnesota Eye Consultants. When I asked Dr. Burns, one of our team doctors, and Eric Sugarman, our Head Trainer, about Laser surgery, they said I was a good candidate and that I should only consider Minnesota Eye Consultants for the procedure. I had a great result, and Dr. Hardten and his staff at MN Eye are terrific. I’m really looking forward to the rest of my football career without the hassle of contacts.”

Ryan Cook
Former Professional Football Player

Ryan Cook“From the moment I put in those pesky contacts, I knew that this was not the life for me. That’s when I was recommended to Dr. David Hardten and the professional and courteous staff of Minnesota Eye Consultants. The LASIK surgery that he and his staff performed was flawless. I take joy every morning waking up, knowing that I have perfect vision again. This not only helps with day to day activities, but also with my time on the field as an offensive linemen for the Minnesota Vikings.”

Jesse Crain
Former Professional Baseball Player

Jesse Crain, a pitcher for the MN Twins“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.”

Stephane Veilleux
Professional Hockey Player

Stephane Veilleux“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.”

Jacques Lemaire
Former Head Coach of the NHL Minnesota Wild Team

Jacques Lemaire, Head Coach of the Minnesota Wild“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.”

Dave Pruemer
Minnesota Twins Trainer

Dave Pruemer, from MN Twins“When I became interested in Laser Vision Correction I asked Dr. Mjelstad, my family eye doctor at Hopkins Eye Clinic, for a recommendation. He recommended Minnesota Eye Consultants and said they were the first to perform refractive surgery in Minnesota in 1994, and had an internationally recognized Research Department in Laser Vision Correction procedures. As it turned out, I was not a candidate for LASIK because of thin corneas, and had surface treatment Photorefractive Keratotomy instead. My surgeon, Dr. Riedel and his team were fantastic, and I couldn’t be happier. It’s so great not to be dependent on glasses or contacts anymore.”

Don Lucia
Minnesota Gophers Head Hockey Coach

Don Lucia, Head Hockey Coach“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.”

Justin Morneau
Former Professional Baseball Player

Justin Morneau“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.”

Matt Peters
Professional Fishing Guide

Matt Peters“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.”

Tom Hunkele
Minnesota Vikings Assistant Athletic Trainer

Tom Hunkele“My experience with Minnesota Eye Consultants was fantastic from the initial visit to the final checkup. The entire staff was very professional and provided the best care one expects from their medical professionals. Dr. Hardten was amazing to work with and my results from the LASIK procedure are astonishing. My vision is fantastic and I now I can’t remember what it was like prior to the surgery. I can’t thank the whole team at Minnesota Eye Consultants enough for the entire experience.”

Michael Cuddyer
Former Professional Baseball Player

Michael Cuddyer“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.”

Kevin Williams
Former Professional Football Player

Erik Henderson
Former Professional Football Player

“For the first time in my life, I see clear and crisp. I can see a clock in the middle of the night — ski, swim, and shower. LASIK has affected everything in my life.”

Cynthia R., Brainerd

“I never saw the different hues in colors until I received my first pair of glasses as an eight-year-old. My vision only allowed me to see pastels or very dark colors. I feel that you don’t really know sight until you’ve been without it. My vision is not 20/20 yet, but the freedom to be able to see is absolutely priceless. People still tell me that I’m glowing. It’s so exciting! Now I also see from the heart! Thank you!”

Noel W., Victoria

“Dear Dr. Lindstrom,

My father recalls 1948 as one of the saddest years of his adult life. It was in that year that he and my mother realized that there was something wrong with my eyes. I was only eighteen months old when I began wearing glasses. My parents scrimped and saved for two eye operations that insurance didn’t cover — one at age three and one at age eight. Neither operation appeared to correct the problem. So for the past 52 years I’ve worn corrective “coke bottle” lenses……Fast forward to the summer of the year 2000 and the magic hands of Dr. Richard Lindstrom and two miracle surgeries called “clear lens extractions”.

I want to recognize Terri’s helpfulness as she coordinated my two surgeries knowing I had a distance to travel and a teaching position that made scheduling difficult. I appreciate the patience and friendliness of your front desk staff who really care about individual needs. Lastly Dr. Brown’s professional thoughtfulness and genuine concern during my recovery have been exemplary.

It is, therefore, with great thanksgiving that I compose this letter to you. You need to know that I thank you countless times each day as I go about everyday tasks without glasses.”

J. Louis

“It is great to be able to wake up and see! No fussing with glasses or contacts! Water sports are so much better now. It’s one of the best things I’ve ever done!”

Catherine S., Minnetonka

“I no longer feel so extremely vulnerable and at risk of losing a contact or glasses while driving, traveling, swimming or doing any other daily activities. For the first time since childhood, my eyes are clear and bright with no trace of redness. Before LASIK, my eyes were constantly strained, red and sore — no more! My outlook, appearance and feeling of well being have dramatically improved. LASIK is the best Christmas present I ever received! Thank you!”

Vickie H., Dexter

“LASIK is not about a better lifestyle — it’s about an improved quality of life. I got my first pair of glasses when I was six. At 16, my vision was so poor that I couldn’t find the soap if I dropped it on the shower floor. Today, as a result of LASIK, I sit in my kitchen and watch the birds fly in and out of my feeders. I water-ski carefree. I wake up in the morning with the world in instant focus. It’s incredible — I’m so thankful.”

Gina S., Clearwater

“I am a sports enthusiast, and I enjoy water skiing, snow skiing, softball, golf, running, biking, skating, etc. No more glasses to fog up, fall off or break and no more contacts to dry up or fall out!”

Steven L., Maple Grove

“I had monovision done through LASIK, and now I don’t wear regular or bifocal glasses after having to wear glasses since I was 16. No more rain on the glasses or fogging or having to feel around for my glasses because I can’t see to find them.”

Jeanne S., Moundsview

“I was tired of not being able to see the alarm clock at night and sick of wearing glasses. The day I had LASIK, I could read the exit sign from the office, read billboards and street signs without glasses. Prior to my surgery, if I didn’t have my glasses in the same place, I couldn’t find them. Now I see 20/20 without them.”

David C., Kenyon

“Every day I view the world with my 20/20 LASIK vision. It’s like the first time you see with glasses — the scenery is clearer, brighter and in better focus. I don’t miss my contacts or fumbling around for my glasses. Sporting activities, from biking to basketball to working out, are greatly enhanced by LASIK.”

John N., St. Cloud

“I just returned from a week of camping and LASIK made my trip so much more enjoyable. It is a relief to just wake up and go. I also see a lot better.”

Mara L., Minnetonka

“There’s just one word to describe LASIK: miracle. After years and years of contact lenses and glasses, my vision was corrected in a matter of minutes. I was thrilled to find the most experienced team of surgeons right here in the Twin Cities at Minnesota Eye Consultants. Simply stated, they are the best! I have recommended them to many, many others, and all have had outstanding results.”

Nancy K., Edina

“I’ve reduced my morning routine by 10 minutes with LASIK — no hassle with contacts and solutions.”

Roberta K., Maple Grove

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