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Christopher B. Kruthoff, O.D., FAAO

" I deeply enjoy helping patients understand the unique situations of their eyes, from routine checkups to acute eye problems to perioperative care. I feel this education helps patients feel more confident in their treatment plans and decisions made regarding their eyes."
Christopher B. Kruthoff, O.D., FAAO


Christopher Kruthoff, O.D., FAAO, is an optometrist serving Northwest Eye’s Golden Valley and Wayzata offices. As a true partner in his patients’ eye care, Dr. Kruthoff is committed to helping patients ‘Be Eye Wise’ and fully understand the unique situations of their eyes. Dr. Kruthoff specializes in routine checkups, treatment of acute eye problems, management of ocular disease, perioperative care, glaucoma, cornea, and pre and post-operative cataract care.

Dr. Kruthoff completed his undergraduate degree at the University of Iowa, majoring in Biomedical Engineering. He earned his Doctor of Optometry degree at the Illinois College of Optometry, where he graduated Cum Laude. Following graduation, he completed a residency in ocular disease at Omni Eye Services of Atlanta, further building experience in the medical management of cornea, glaucoma, cataract, and retinal conditions.

Before starting at Northwest Eye, he worked at a multispecialty ophthalmology clinic in Virginia, working with surgeons in all specialties to provide co-managed care for patients. He is a Fellow of the American Academy of Optometry and is a member of the American Optometric Association, the Minnesota Optometric Association, and the Optometric Cornea, Cataract, and Refractive Society.

When not in the office, Dr. Kruthoff is an avid sports enthusiast, both as a fan and as a participant in recreational sports. He also enjoys cycling and traveling.

  • College
    Bachelor of Science in Engineering (BSE), Biomedical Engineering, graduated with distinction, University of Iowa, Iowa City, IA (2010)
  • Medical School
    Doctor of Optometry, Illinois College of Optometry, Chicago, IL (2015)
  • Internships
    – Winston-Salem Veterans Affairs Outpatient Clinic, Winston-Salem, NC (2014 – 2015)
    – Cheyenne Vision Clinic, Cheyenne, WY (2014)
    – Mid Florida Eye Center, Mount Dora, FL (2014)
    – Illinois Eye Institute, Illinois College of Optometry, Chicago, IL (2012 – 2015)
  • Residency
    Omni Eye Services of Atlanta, Atlanta, GA (2015 – 2016)
  • American Optometric Association
  • Association Virginia Optometric Association
  • Tidewater Optometric Society, Board Member 2018
  • American Academy of Optometry
  • American Optometric Student Association Trustee, 2013-2014; Trustee-Elect, 2012-2013
  • Fellow, American Academy of Optometry, Admitted 2017
  • Golden Key International Honors Society, 2014-2015
  • Beta Sigma Kappa Honors Society, 2013-2015
  • Tomb and Key Honors Society, 2013-2015
  • Illinois College of Optometry Dean’s List, 2011-2015
  • University of Iowa President’s and Dean’s Lists, 2006-2010
  • Clinical Sub-Investigator for the following studies:
    • Tear Solutions, Inc. Protocol LOS Protocol 001
      A Double-Masked, Randomized, Multi-Center Phase2Study to Evaluate the Efficacy and Safety of Lacripep™ in Subjects with Dry Eye Associated with Primary Sjögren’s Syndrome
    • Novartis.ProtocolCSAF312X2201
      A randomized, vehicle- controlled, subject and investigator masked, proof-of- concept study to evaluate the use of topicalocularSAF312 in the treatment of post-operative ocular pain in patients undergoing photo refractive keratectomy (PRK) surgery
    • Novaliq GmbH. Protocol CYS-003/17-110-0009
      A Phase2b/3, multicenter, randomized, double-masked, vehicle-controlled clinical study to assess the efficacy and safety of topical CyclASol® for the treatment of signs and symptoms of Dry Eye Disease
    • Eyegate Pharma. Protocol EGP-437-006
      Prospective, Multi-center, Randomized, Double-masked, Positive-controlled Phase 3 Clinical Trial Designed to Evaluate the Safety and Efficacy of Iontophoretic Dexamethasone Phosphate Ophthalmic Solution Compared to Prednisolone Acetate Ophthalmic Suspension (1%) in Patients with Non-Infectious Anterior Segment Uveitis
    • Alcon: A Novartis Company Protocol ILH297-C001
      Clinical Investigation of AcrySof®IQPanOptix™IOLModelTFNT00
  • Glaucoma: From Landmark Studies to Modern-Day Care October 2018 Review of Optometry Co-author on column discussing previous landmark glaucoma studies and their applicability to today
  • Essential Platforms in Glaucoma Management September/October 2018 Collaborative Eye Column discussing essential technologies in glaucoma management
  • Biologic Therapy in Eye Care, June12, 2018, COPE #58026-AS
    Spoke on new technologies in intraocular pressure measurement and the emerging interest of ocular perfusion pressure in glaucoma
  • The MIGS Just Keep on Coming, April 2018, Review of Optometry–Surgical Minute Column
    Review column on Cypass and Xen implants in glaucoma care
  • Innovations in Glaucoma, March 7, 2018 COPE#56693-GL
    Spoke on new technologies in intraocular pressure measurement and the emerging interest of ocular perfusion pressure in glaucoma
  • The Efficacy of Lifite grast for Symptomatic Relief of Dry Eye in Glaucoma Patients
    Secondary Author, Poster, presented by Constance Okeke, MD at American Glaucoma Society meeting Volunteer, Special Olympics, Atlanta, GAMay2016 Screened participants at local Special Olympics event, advising participants and parents or guardians of ocular condition and need for any further evaluation
  • Seeing the Whole Picture: Ocular Toxoplasmosis, April 20, 2016 COPE #48853 GO
    Lecture given at University of Alabama at Birmingham highlighting a case of toxoplasmosis, differentials, and need for proper/thorough evaluation of uveitic cases Management of Central Bacterial Corneal Ulcers February 2016 in a Pregnant Patient Poster, Presented at SECO 2016
    Research Assistant, Illinois College of Optometry January 2012– December 2012
    Worked in the research lab of Dr. Rebecca Zoltoski, PhD Developed technique to label cells in germinative zone in crystalline lenses extracted from pigs
  • Research Assistant, University of Iowa, January 2009–December 2009
    Worked in the glaucoma genetic research lab of Dr. John Fingert, M.D. Individually ran live mouse experiment studying pigment dispersion and pseudo exfoliative glaucoma

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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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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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