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Scott T. Schaefer, MD


  • Refractive / Clear Lens Exchange
  • Cataract & Advanced Cataract Surgery
  • Light Adjustable Lens (LAL)
  • Comprehensive Eye Care
  • Diabetic Eye Care
  • Glaucoma Management
  • LASIK & PRK Consultations
  • Edina
  • Burnsville
  • Edina LASIK Center
  • Shakopee

Scott T. Schaefer, MD


One of the area’s leading cataract experts, Dr. Schaefer has completed over 12,000 surgeries during his 20 years of providing excellent eye care in the Twin Cities. He performs premium implant cataract surgery and laser treatment for glaucoma. Dr. Schaefer is a leading expert in the use of Advanced Technology Intraocular Lenses (IOLs) such as: multifocal, extended depth of focus (EDOF), astigmatism-correcting (Toric), and Light Adjustable Lens.

Selected as one of Minnesota’s top doctors, Dr. Schaefer has most recently been recognized in MN Monthly and Minneapolis/St. Paul magazines in 2021, 2022 and 2023.

Dr. Schaefer served as an adjunct assistant professor of ophthalmology at the University of Minnesota Medical School, a former surgical instructor at the Veterans Administration Medical Center in Minneapolis and a past President of the Minnesota Academy of Ophthalmology.


  • Undergraduate: DePauw University, Greencastle, Indiana, Cum Laude
  • Medical Degree: University of Minnesota, Minneapolis, Minnesota, Alpha Omega Alpha Honor Society
  • Internship: Mayo Clinic, Scottsdale, Arizona
  • Residency: University of Minnesota, Minneapolis, Minnesota, Chief Resident

Awards and Recognitions

  • Top Doctor, Mpls.St Paul Magazine 2023
  • Top Doctor, Minnesota Monthly 2023
  • Top Doctor, Castle Connolly 2017, 2018, 2019, 2020, 2021, 2022, 2023, 2024

Professional Affiliations

  • Diplomate, American Board of Ophthalmology
  • Fellow, American Academy of Ophthalmology
  • Fellow, American Society of Cataract and Refractive Surgeons
  • Former President, Minnesota Academy of Ophthalmology
  • President, Minnesota Academy of Ophthalmology Foundation


Dr. Schaefer, and his wife live in Edina with their active twin teenage boys who keep them busy attending hockey games and musical performances.

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