Erick Bothun, MD

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Dr. Bothun treats patients with strabismus, pediatric cataracts, and glaucoma, metabolic ocular diseases, thyroid eye disease, and retinopathy of prematurity. He also provides surgical management of nystagmus.

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  • Minneapolis/St. Paul Magazine - Top Doctors (2010-2014)
  • U.S. News & World Report - Top Doctors (2011, 2013)
  • Best Doctors in America (2013)
  • Achievement Award, American Academy of Ophthalmology (2012)
  • Pediatric Glaucoma and Cataract Family Assoc. Award (2012)
  • AAPOS Honor Award (2012)
  • Minnesota Lions Eye Bank, Helen Keller Sight Award (2010)
  • America’s Top Doctors (2009-2011)
1. VanderVeen DK, Nizam A, Lynn MJ, Bothun ED, McClatchey SK, Weakley DR, DuBois LG, Lambert SR. Predictability of Intraocular Lens Calculation and Early Refractive Status; The Infant Aphakia Treatment Study. Arch Ophthalmol 2012 Mar;130(3):293-9.

2. Berg KT, Hunter DG, Bothun ED, Antunes-Foschini R, McLoon LK. Extraocular muscles in patients with infantile nystagmus: Adaptations at the effector level. Arch Ophthalmol 2012;Mar;130(3):343-9.

3. Beck AD, Freedman SF, Lynn MJ, Bothun ED, Neely DE, Lambert SR. Infant Aphakia Treatment Study. Glaucoma-Related Adverse Events in the Infant Aphakia Treatment Study (IATS):1-Year Results. Arch Ophthal 2012 Mar;130(3):300-5.Epub 2011 Nov.14.

4. Dijkstal J, Bothun ED, Harrison AR, Lee MS. Normal Exophthalmometry Measurements in a United States Pediatric Population.. Ophthal Plast Reconstr Surg 2012 Jan;28(1) 54-6.

5. Bothun ED, Hansen EK. Fiber-optic microcatheter trabeculotomy combined with anterior segment surgery in children: Report of three cases.JAAPOS 2011 Apr;15(2):193-5

6. Stowman AM, Bothun ED, Belani KG. Discomfort, delirium, and PONV in infants and young children undergoing strabismus surgery. Minn Med 2011 Mar;94(3):39-41.

7. Bothun ED, Kao T, Guo Y, Christiansen SP. Bilateral optic nerve drusen and gliomas in Klippel-Trenaunay syndrome. JAAPOS 2011 Feb;15(1):77-9.

8. Bothun ED, Decanini A, Summers, CG, Orchard PJ, Tolar J. Outcome of penetrating keratoplasty for mucopolysaccharidoses. Arch Ophthalmol 2011;129(2):138-44.

9. Bothun ED, Johnson CS, Archer SM, Del Monte MA. Evolution of postoperative astigmatism after large incision PMMA lens implantation in children. JAAPOS 2010 Dec;14(6):518-21. Epub 2010 Dec 13.

10. Eichhorn K, Harrison AR, Bothun ED, McLoon LK, Lee MS. Ocular treatment of thyroid eye disease. Expert Review of Ophthalmology 2010;5(3):313-325.

11. Bothun ED, Guo Y, Christiansen SP, Summers CG, Anderson JS, Wright MM, Kramaresvky NY, Lawrence MG. Outcome of angle surgery in children with aphakic glaucoma. JAAPOS 2010;14(3):235-239.

12. Bothun ED, Scheur RA, Harrison AR, Lee MS. Update on thyroid eye disease and management. Clinical Ophthalmology 2009;3:543-551.

13. Clark ME, Schloff S, Bothun ED. Triangular congenital cataract morphology associated with prenatal methamphetamine exposure. JAAPOS 2009 Aug;13(4):408-9

14. Najjar D, Christiansen SP, Bothun ED, Summers CG. Strabismus and amblyopia in bilateral peters anomaly. JAAPOS 2006;10(3):193-7.

15. Bothun ED, Archer SM. Bilateral medial rectus muscle recession for divergence insufficiency pattern esotropia. JAAPOS 2005;9(1):3-6.

16. Bothun ED, Summers CG. Unilateral inferior oblique anterior transpositions for dissociated vertical deviation. JAAPOS 2004;8(3):259-263.

June 5, 2012 — Why Can't We Look at the Sun During an Eclipse? Good Question!
Erick Bothun, MD, of the Minnesota Lions Children's Eye Clinic at University of Minnesota Children's Hospital knows. He tells WCCO's Jason DeRusha about potential eye damage.