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Richard S. Freeman, M.D.

" My own personal aim when treating patients is to educate and entertain. Humor allows for more comfort and enjoyment of the visit, which can be stressful for all parties. e want the patients to look forward to coming back, and for the families and myself to enjoy the experience as much as possible."
Richard S. Freeman, M.D.


Richard S. Freeman, M.D., is a Pediatric Ophthalmologist and partner at Northwest Eye in Minnesota, specializing in adult and pediatric eye alignment and the treatment of pediatric eye diseases. He joined Northwest Eye’s respected team of doctors in 1998 after a decade in practice locally.

“In an effort to help as many as I can in the time I have been granted, I have been honored to lecture, teach, and operate around the world. But as the first full time private practice pediatric ophthalmologist in Minnesota, I have had the privilege and the task of improving the eye care of children in this state for over 3 decades. As a lifelong Minnesotan, I take the greatest pride in being able to write that statement.”
– Dr. Freeman

Dr. Freeman was inspired to pursue a career in medicine by his immigrant grandfather, who felt doctors deserved great respect for what they do, and his oldest brother, who preceded him in his own medical career by five years.

In his spare time, Dr. Freeman enjoys spending time with his wife, Linda, a communications professor. Their two grown sons are thriving in their careers of law and medicine. Dr. Freeman is a lifelong Twins, Vikings, and Timberwolves fan. He also enjoys traveling around the world with his family, and has participated in a variety of medical missions in Central America, South America, Europe, Asia, and Africa.

Dr. Freeman is known for his comic antics, and his vast assortment of colorful, cartoon-inspired ties. He believes that engaging children as valued individuals and fully educating parents are the keys to a successful practice and treatment outcomes. He clearly enjoys his work, and based on the sounds of laughter that constantly surround him at work, his patients clearly enjoy him as well.

Dr. Freeman sees patients at our Maple Grove Northwest Eye location.

Dr. Freeman grew up in St. Paul, and received his undergraduate degree in neurobiology from Cornell University in Ithaca, New York, followed by his Doctor of Medicine degree from the University of Minnesota Medical School. After an internship at Emanuel Hospital in Portland, Oregon, he traveled around the world with his wife, Linda, before completing his ophthalmology residency at Emory University in Atlanta, Georgia. A fellowship in ocular genetics, pediatric ophthalmology, and advanced strabismus at UCLA’s Jules Stein Eye Institute followed. Today, he serves both at the University of Minnesota as a clinical associate professor of ophthalmology and at St. Catherine’s University as the medical director of two training programs.

Dr. Freeman is board-certified by the American Board of Ophthalmology and is a decorated member of many medical professional societies including the American Association for Pediatric Ophthalmology and Strabismus (AAPOS), American Academy of Ophthalmology, Minnesota Academy of Ophthalmology, American Medical Association, Minnesota Medical Society, and the Twin Cities Medical Society. He has received an award from AAPOS for long term service, and is one of only a handful of doctors in history to be awarded an honorary membership in the AACO. He has been recognized on “Best Doctor” lists for the city, state, country, and world. He is routinely asked to speak at national and international meetings, and has been responsible for many innovations in his field.

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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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6060 Clearwater Dr., Suite 150
Minnetonka, MN 55343

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***This office will be moving to our new Crosstown location on January 1.**
New Location:
12501 Whitewater Drive, Suite 110
Minnetonka, MN 55343
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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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