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Dr. Joel Nelson

Dr. Joel Nelson

D.O.

Areas of Care:

  • Glaucoma
  • Ophthalmology
  • Cornea Disease

A Minnesota native, Dr. Joel Nelson received his bachelor’s degree in biology and psychology from Gustavus Adolphus College, St. Peter, Minnesota.  He then completed his medical training in Des Moines, Iowa, followed by four years of ophthalmology training in Miami, Florida, at Nova Southeastern University. Dr. Nelson specialized in the medical and surgical treatment of corneal disease at the University of Minnesota, Minneapolis, Minnesota.  

Dr. Nelson is one of the only surgeons in Central Minnesota performing a variety of corneal transplant techniques, including PKP, DSEK, DMEK, and DALK. He has also been specially prepared to surgically manage intraocular lens dislocations using the intrascleral haptic fixation technique.

In addition to corneal surgery, Dr. Nelson also has emphasis on the surgical treatment of cataracts and on LASIK surgery. He is one of the few surgeons in the state certified to implant the new iStent Inject Micro-Bypass device for the management of glaucoma at the time of cataract surgery.

Beyond work, Dr. Nelson enjoys spending time camping, hiking, and gardening with his young family.

Contact Dr. Nelson’s practice at www.stcloudeyeclinic.com.


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