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Emily L. Hutchins, O.D.

"I love helping people truly understand the intricacies of their visual system. I believe engaging my patients in their ocular care leads to improved health and the best outcomes possible."

Emily L. Hutchins is an optometrist serving Northwest Eye’s Golden Valley, St. Anthony, and Wayzata offices, specializing in comprehensive eye care. 

Dr. Hutchins graduated summa cum laude from the Illinois College of Optometry in 2017. As a student, she was an active member of the optometric community serving on multiple boards for student organizations and holding membership with several honor societies including Gold Key International honor society, Tomb and Key honor society, and Beta Sigma Kappa honor fraternity.

She went on to complete a one-year intensive residency at the Minneapolis VA hospital specializing in brain injury, low vision, and primary care optometry. Her education and work history are representative of her commitment to provide the best vision possible for all her patients.

Dr. Hutchins grew up in Le Mars, Iowa and was an avid percussionist from childhood through college. She completed her undergraduate education at Concordia College in Moorhead, Minnesota with Bachelor of Arts degrees in both Music and Biology. In her free time, she enjoys playing her marimba, drinking fancy coffee, antiquing, and exploring new places.

  • College
    Concordia College – Moorhead, Minnesota Bachelor of Arts in Biology & Music, Minor in Chemistry, Graduated Magna Cum Laude with Biology Honors 2013
  • Medical School
    Illinois College Of Optometry – Chicago, Illinois, Doctor of Optometry, Graduated Summa Cum Laude, 2017 
  • Externships
    Omaha Eye & Laser Institute – Omaha, Nebraska, Advanced Care/Primary Care (Spring 2017)
    Illinois College Of Optometry – Chicago, Illinois, Contact Lens/Low-Vision Rehabilitation/Pediatrics (Winter, 2016-2017)
    Jamaica Plain V.A. Hospital – Boston, Massachusetts, Primary Care, (Fall 2016)
    Hunter Family Vision – Leawood, Kansas, Contact Lens/Primary Care, (Summer 2016)
  • Residency
    Minneapolis V.A. Health Care System – Minneapolis, Minnesota, 2017-2018
  • Fellowship
    Refractive Surgery, Cornea and Glaucoma, Lindstrom, Samuelson and Hardten Phillips Eye Institute, Minneapolis (1995-1996)
  • Minnesota Optometric Association 2017-Present
  • Gold Key Honor Society 2017-Present
  • Beta Sigma Kappa Honor Society 2017-Present
  • ICO American Academy of Optometry Club, President, 2015-2017
  • Tomb & Key Honor Society, Treasurer, 2015-2017
  • ICO Private Practice Club, Practice Relations Chair & Member, 2014- 2017
  • ICO Fellowship of Christian Optometrists, Mission Team Member – Honduras, 2014
  • American Optometric Association, 2013-Present
  • 2017 Enhanced Vision Award
  • 2017 Dr. Demetros Memorial Scholarship
  • 2016-2017 ICO Clinical Honors
  • 2016 VSP/AOF Scholarship
  • 2016 Ocular Instruments Award of Excellence
  • 2013-2016 Deans List
  • 2015 AAO Student Fellowship
  • October 2018 – Journal Article – Optometry Times – Vol.10 No.10
    Visual Haze Leads to Diagnosing Unknown Corneal Dystrophy
  • February 2018 – Poster – Heart Of America Eye Care Congress –
    Kansas City, Missouri Etiologic Considerations of a Juxtapapillary Capillary Hemangioma
  • October 2017 – Poster – American Academy Of Optometry Meeting –
    Chicago, Illinois Solving the Mystery of the Unknown Corneal Dystrophy
  • September 2017 – Lecture – Illinois College of Optometry Grand Rounds – Chicago, Illinois
    Solving the Mystery of the Unknown Corneal Dystrophy


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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