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Timothy J. Ehlen, M.D.

" I understand patients have a choice who they trust with their eye care, I am honored to serve each of my patients."
Timothy J. Ehlen, M.D.


Timothy J. Ehlen, M.D., is a comprehensive Ophthalmologist and partner at Northwest Eye in Minnesota, specializing in cataract glaucoma and refractive surgery, including LASIK and PRK. He has been a member of Northwest Eye’s respected team of doctors since 1998.

Dr. Ehlen received his undergraduate B.A. degree in chemistry from St. Olaf College in Northfield, Minnesota. After a year of post-undergraduate work in the discipline, his true calling for medicine became apparent. He received his Doctor of Medicine degree from the University of Minnesota Medical School. It was in medical school when his calling to the ophthalmologic field was realized. After an internship at Hennepin County Medical Center, he went on to complete his ophthalmology residency at the University of Minnesota and received additional training in LASIK refractive eye surgery. He maintains a position at the University of Minnesota as a clinical assistant professor of ophthalmology.

Dr. Ehlen is board-certified by the American Board of Ophthalmology and is a member of many professional organizations including the American Academy of Ophthalmology, Minnesota Academy of Ophthalmology, International Society of Cataract and Refractive Surgery, American Medical Association, Minnesota Medical Society, and the Twin Cities Medical Society. Dr. Ehlen is a member of the adjunct faculty staff at the University of Minnesota Medical School, teaching medical students and residents on a regular basis. Dr. Ehlen also serves as a physician advisor on several corporate/institutional boards, helping to bridge the corporate world with the realities of hands-on patient care. He has been listed as a “Top Doctor” by Mpls./St.Paul magazine.

When not in the office, Dr. Ehlen and his wife enjoy spending time with their four children, and are involved in many volunteer activities in their community, school, and church. Dr. Ehlen enjoys coaching his children from the very young levels, as he can be seen at a hockey arena or a lacrosse or soccer field most days of the year. He also has a love for the outdoors, where he enjoys running, biking, downhill skiing, golfing, yard work and backyard fires with friends and family.

Dr. Ehlen sees patients at our Golden Valley, Maple Grove, St. Anthony, and Wayzata Northwest Eye locations.

  • College
    Bachelor of Arts, Chemistry, St. Olaf College, Northfield, MN (1988)
  • Medical School
    Doctor of Medicine, University of Minnesota Medical School, Minneapolis, MN (1995)
  • Internship
    Transitional (rotating) internship, emphasis on medicine, Hennepin County Medical Center, Minneapolis, MN (1995)
  • American Academy of Ophthalmology
  • Association for Research in Vision and Ophthalmology
  • Minnesota Academy of Ophthalmology
  • American Medical Association
  • Phi Chi Medical Fraternity
  • Harry Plotke Award Second year resident who best exemplifies clinical skills, knowledge, compassion and concern in patient care.
  • Good Samaritan Award

Non-medical Awards and Honors

  • Resident Representative, U of MN Phi Chi Fraternity Chapter Secretary (1996 – 1997)
  • Volunteer: CUCCH clinic (community eye screening)
  • Junior Counselor (adviser to college freshmen)
  • Project Friendship (serve as role model and friend)
  • Ehlen T J, Hardten, DR. Phototherapeutic Keratectomy for the treatment of Recurrent Erosion Syndrome. Invest Ophthalmol and Vis Sci; ARVO, May, 1997.
  • Hardten DR, Ehlen T J. Chapter 37; Management of Recurrent Erosions. Albert and Brightbill Ophthalmic Surgery: Principle and Technique. Blackwell Science, Inc., Cambrige MA. (In Press – anticipated release Fall 1997).

Dr. Ehlen’s Patient Reviews


Serving Our Community

With six locations throughout the Twin Cities metro area, Northwest Eye is among the largest eye care providers in the Midwest. Be Eye Wise and schedule a general eye exam or a specific service consultation today. We have optical  at the following offices:  Golden Valley, Minnetonka, Maple Grove, St. Anthony, and Wayzata, MN.

8501 Golden Valley Rd.,
Suite 100 & 200
Golden Valley, MN 55427
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12501 Whitewater Drive, Suite 110
Minnetonka, MN 55343
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12000 Elm Creek Blvd N., Suite 100
Maple Grove, MN 55369
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2601 39th Ave NE., Suite 1
St. Anthony, MN 55421
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250 Central Ave N., Suites 105 & 107, Optical Suite 106
Wayzata, MN 55391
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7125 Tamarack Rd, Suite 150,
Woodbury, MN 55125
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11091 Ulysses St NE., Suite 400
Blaine, MN 55434
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9801 Dupont Ave S., Suite 100
Bloomington, MN 55431
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10709 Wayzata Blvd., Suites 100 & 120
Minnetonka, MN 55305
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