Eye Care News

Northwest Eye named Best Eye Practice

June 2021

The Plymouth Magazine’s 2021 BEST OF issue hit news stands in June, announcing Northwest Eye won Best Eye Practice! To see the full list of winners, click here.

Northwest Eye’s Dr. Kruthoff Featured in the August 15 Issue of Review of Optometry.

August 2020

Dr. Christopher Kruthoff recently published an article with the Review of Optometry focused on how doctors and team members can handle unexpected medical emergencies in the office. You can read the piece for a breakdown of the “ABCDE” method for assessing any situation, as well as more specific advice for a number of different emergencies. The article proves Dr. Kruthoff’s passion for his patients’ full health – beyond their eyes – and we couldn’t be prouder to have him on our team. To read the full article, click here.  

Northwest Eye Completes Successful Artificial Iris Implant Surgery.

August 2020

A huge congratulations to Dr. John Berestka for performing the first-ever artificial iris procedure at Northwest Eye! The accomplishment attests to his dedication to always raising the bar in what patients can expect from our practice.

What is an artificial iris, exactly?
Meant to assist with both medical and aesthetic reconstruction of eyes with complete or partial aniridia, the iris is individually custom-made to mimic the original appearance of the patient’s iris. An incredibly complex process, the procedure to place an artificial iris had, until Dr. Berestka, never been completed at Northwest Eye. We couldn’t be prouder of this incredible accomplishment and we’re thrilled to now offer this service to our patients.

Northwest Eye Doctors Name “Top Doctors” by Minnesota Monthly.

August 2020

Congratulations to Drs. John Berestka, W. Keith Engel, Mrunalini Parvataneni and Alejandra Decanini for being named Top Doctors in the September/October 2020 issue of the Minnesota Monthly magazine! This statewide survey compiles thousands of votes from medical professionals and seeks to honor excellence in medicine. We are so proud of our providers made this list – the honor is well deserved.


Northwest Eye Doctors Name “Top Doctors” by Mpls-StPaul Magazine.

July 2020

We’re proud to share that Mpls-StPaul Magazine  has again recognized two of our doctors in this year’s “Top Doctors” list! Congratulations Dr. John S. Berestka & Dr. W. Keith Engel for being recognized as Top Doctors.

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Northwest Eye named Reader’s Choice by the Sun Post.

January 2020

Northwest Eye was recently named Best Ophthalmologist, Eye Care Doctor, and Facility by Brooklyn Park readers on the Sun Post.

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Northwest Eye doctors named Top Doctors by Minnesota Monthly.

September 2019

We’re proud to announce that Dr. Berestka & Dr. Parvataneni were named Top Doctors in the September/October issue of Minnesota Monthly.

Northwest Eye doctors named Top Doctors by Mpls-StPaul Magazine.

July 2019

We’re proud to share that two of our doctors are represented in this year’s Mpls-StPaul Magazine’s Top Doctors list! Congratulations Dr. Berestka & Dr. Engel for being recognized as Top Doctors.

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Northwest Eye named Best Eye Practice.

July 2019

We’re proud to share that Northwest Eye was voted as the Best Eye Practice Maple Grove and Plymouth! These were voted on by the readers of Maple Grove Magazine and Plymouth Magazine.

Former Patient Now Works Alongside Her Doctor.

February 2019

The StarTribune wrote an amazing piece about two important members of our team; Dr. Freeman and Laura Olson.

Ophthalmologist Dr. Richard Freeman encouraged his former patient, Laura Olson, to study orthoptics. Then he hired her.

Unifeye Vision Partners Completes Partnership with Northwest Eye

October 2018

Northwest Eye represents UVP’s third partnership as a portfolio company of Waud Capital

Dallas, October 26, 2018 – Unifeye Vision Partners (UVP or the Company), a leading network of comprehensive eye care providers and a portfolio company of Waud Capital Partners (Waud Capital), today announced a strategic partnership with Minneapolis-based Northwest Eye.

Northwest Eye is one of the largest specialty eye care providers in the upper Midwest, caring for patients of all ages and serving the communities in and around the northwestern Twin Cities of Minneapolis and St. Paul, Minnesota.  The Company’s practice offers leading comprehensive ophthalmic services with 12 ophthalmologists and four optometrists operating across eight clinical locations. In 2017, Northwest Eye celebrated 45 years of service, and while much has changed in the healthcare environment, their focus has always been dedicated to providing exceptional clinical and surgical expertise in vision and eye health.

“My partners and I are delighted to finalize our partnership with UVP,” said Timothy Ehlen, M.D., President of Northwest Eye.  “Over the last 45 years, we built Northwest Eye into a strong, integrated eye care practice, with a reputation for clinical excellence.  We love serving our patients, our referring physicians, and our community, and it was important to us to select a partner that valued our rich history and relationships.  We chose UVP because of their people-centric approach and commitment to being great stewards and trusted partners.  We’re excited about our future together and building on the Northwest Eye legacy.”

“We’re thrilled to welcome Northwest Eye to UVP,” said Sami Abbasi, President and CEO of Unifeye Vision Partners. “They are one of the largest, most reputable, and best managed eye care practices in the country.  We were particularly attracted to Northwest Eye, because they are like-minded, have strong physician and local management leadership, and are known for providing their patients with outstanding, compassionate care, and their referring physicians with excellent service.  We look forward to accelerating Northwest Eye’s growth trajectory, and to continuing to expand in the upper Midwest.”

Northwest Eye becomes UVP’s second significant partnership in the Twin Cities area. Minneapolis-based Minnesota Eye Consultants joined UVP in January 2017.  Both practices will retain their independent brands but will share best practices to better serve local patients and the referring physician community.

Abbasi continued, “We’re building the leading, nationally-recognized integrated eye care community in the country and our goal is to become the preeminent vision care provider in each of the regions we serve over the next several years.”

About Unifeye Vision Partners

Unifeye Vision Partners (UVP) was formed to partner with leading eye care providers in targeted markets throughout the United States. The company provides management and support services to ophthalmology and optometry practices, as well as single-specialty eye surgery centers. UVP operates through a network of 70 providers, 18 clinical locations, and five ambulatory surgery centers.

For additional information on UVP, visit the Company’s website at

About Waud Capital Partners

Based in Chicago, Waud Capital Partners is a leading growth-oriented private equity firm with total capital commitments of approximately $2.1 billion since its founding in 1993. Waud Capital partners with exceptional management teams to build market leading companies within two industries: healthcare services and business and technology services. Since its founding, Waud Capital has successfully completed more than 250 investments, including platform companies and follow-on opportunities.

For additional information on Waud Capital, visit the firm’s website at

For Further Information:

Sami Abbasi, Chief Executive Officer
Unifeye Vision Partners
(214) 974-0999

Chris Graber, Principal
Waud Capital Partners
(312) 676-8405

We did it again – Northwest Eye Voted Best Eye Clinic!

July 2018

We’re proud to share that Northwest Eye was voted as the Best Eye Clinic in Plymouth, Maple Grove & Lake Minnetonka! These were voted on by the readers of Maple Grove Magazine and Plymouth Magazine.

Thank you for voting for us!

Watch Dr. Ehlen on Kare11 leading up to the Superbowl!

January 2018

Northwest Eye is the Best Eye Clinic!

July 2017

We’re proud to share that we won not one, not two but THREE ‘Best of’ awards.

Northwest Eye was voted on as the Best Eye Clinic in Minnetonka, Plymouth and Maple Grove! These were voted on by the readers of the local magazines in these markets.

Thank you for voting for us! We are honored and will continue to work hard to provide the best patient experience and outcomes possible!

Mpls-St.Paul Top Docs

June 2018

We’re proud to announce we have three doctors represented in this year’s Mpls-StPaul Magazine’s Top Doctors list! Congratulations Dr. Berestka & Dr. Engel for being recognized as Top Doctors and Congratulations to Dr. Feldmann for being a “Top Doc-Rising Star”!


Thank you for 45 amazing years!

March 2017

We are truly honored and thankful to our loyal patients for helping us reach 45 years of excellence. On Friday, March 24, 2017, we are celebrating our 45th anniversary as an ophthalmology specialty clinic!

Northwest Eye was established on March 24, 1972 with our first two clinics in Wayzata and Robbinsdale. We have endured massive changes in regulations, technology and availability of healthcare over the years but our passion has always been in providing our patients with excellent care and clinical and surgical expertise.

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Share Your Stories

We are so thankful for all of our patients that have joined the Northwest Eye family over the years. Many of us get the chance to treat patients whose family (their parents and children) have all received care from us. It’s so fun to also talk to patients who have trusted us with their eyes for all 45 years of our existence. We would like to share some of these stories with our patients and staff. If you would like to participate in this milestone please send your stories to crasmussen@ or submit them on our contact us page.

Thank you again to all of our patients for helping us achieve this 45 year anniversary! We promise to continue to strive for excellence and to be the trusted place where patients of all ages and conditions can go to learn about, understand and improve their eye health for another 45 years!


January 2017

Northwest Eye now offers the TECNIS® Symfony IOL: the first and only presbyopia-correcting extended range of vision Intra-ocular lens. It delivers a continuous full range of high quality vision with reduced incidence of halos and glare comparable to a multifocal IOL.

Northwest Eye Position Statement on The Medicinal Use Of Marijuana

Increasing your knowledge of eye health is very important to us, and with the recent legalization of medicinal marijuana usage in Minnesota, we wanted to take the opportunity to inform you of our position on this issue.  Although we are aware that some forms of marijuana lower pressure in the eyes on a temporary basis, there is no scientific evidence that demonstrates increased benefit and/or diminished risk of use in the treatment of glaucoma.  In fact, marijuana used for the treatment of glaucoma is far less effective than current available pharmaceutical agents.  Therefore, we are not certifying any patient, new or established, at this time.

Minnesota Monthly Top Doctors

August 2016

We are proud to recognize our Northwest Eye Doctors that were recognized by Minnesota Monthly!

Minnesota Monthly 2016 Top Docs:

Dr. Mrunalini Parvataneni

Dr. W. Keith Engel

Dr. Timothy Ehlen

Dr. John Berestka

Mpls/StPaul Magazine Top Doctors

July 2016

Congrats to our Northwest Eye Doctors that were recognized in Mpls/StPaul Magazine’s Best of the Twin Cities Top Docs Issue.

Our 2016 Top Docs are:

Dr. John Berestka

Dr. W. Keith Engel

Dr. Mrunalini Parvataneni

Women Physician Leaders

February 2016

Please read the story in this month’s Minnesota Physician Magazine. Dr. Sinclair is recognized on page 20 as president of the Minnesota Academy of Ophthalmology.

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