Joshua H. Olson, MD

Assistant Professor, Department of Ophthalmology and Visual Neurosciences

Joshua H. Olson

Contact Info

Office Phone 612-626-0706

Fax 612-626-7882

Office Address:
University of Minnesota
Department of Ophthalmology & Visual Neurosciences
420 Delaware St. SE, MMC 493
Minneapolis, MN 55455-0501

Assistant Professor, Department of Ophthalmology and Visual Neurosciences

Associate Residency Program Director


MD, University of Minnesota

Residency, Mayo Clinic

Preliminary Medicine Internship, Mayo Clinic


Patient Care
Dr. Olson sees patients in our General Ophthalmology Clinic. He accepts new patients for surgical evaluations and routine eye care, including cataract evaluations, medical screening exams, glaucoma treatment, dry eye treatment, ptosis (droopy eyelids), temporal artery biopsies, macular degeneration evaluations, and optical prescription updates.

“I try to treat each of my patients as though they were one of my own family members. I want each of my patients to feel that their concerns are truly heard and that my goal is to find a solution to their problems.”

Awards & Recognition

  • Poland-Finke Chair
  • Named Mpls.St.Paul Magazine Top Docs Rising Stars -- 2017
  • Named Amongst America’s Top Ophthalmologist, Consumers’ Research Council of America --2014-2017
  • Named Amongst the Leading Physicians of the World -- 2016-present
  • Resident Teacher of the Year, 2013-2014
  • Alpha Omega Alpha National Honor Medical Society, 2007-present
  • National Dean’s List Member, 2004-present
  • H. Mead and June S. Caver, Alpha Omega Alpha Honor Society,
  • Robert Dyar, and Vernon D. E. Smith Scholarships, 2004-2008
  • Golden Key International Honor Society, 2003–2004


Research Summary/Interests

Dr. Olson is involved in the clinical and surgical education of our medical students and residents. He also participates in the recruitment and evaluation of patients for various clinical medicine trials.



Peer-Reviewed Publications

  • Ismaiel N, Olson J, Zabrowski C, Lee MS, McClelland CM.  IOL-Induced Extreme Blur to Alleviate Intractable Diplopia Secondary to Dragged-Fovea Diplopia Syndrome. J Binocul Vis Ocul Motil. 2019 May 22:1-4. doi: 10.1080/2576117X.2019.1607426. [Epub ahead of print]
  • Olson , J.H., Louwagie, C.R., Diehl, N.N., Mohney, B.G. Congenital esotropia and the risk of mental illness by early adulthood. Ophthalmology. 2012;119(1):145-149.
  • Olson, J.H., Erie, J.C., Bakri, S.J. Nutritional supplementation and age-related macular degeneration. Semin Ophthalmol. 2011;26(3):131-136.
  • Itty, S., Olson, J.H., O’Connell, D.J., Pulido, J.S. Treatment of primary intraocular lymphoma (PIOL) has involved systemic, intravitreal or intrathecal chemotherapy and/or radiotherapy. Retina. 2009;29(3):415-416.


Invited Oral Presentations at Local and Regional Professional Meetings, Conferences, etc.

  • Microinvasive Glaucoma Surgery (MIGS): Expanding the Role of Comprehensive Ophthalmology,” podium speaker, Regions Hospital 38th Annual Continuing Education for Ophthalmic Medical Personnel, May 2015.
  • iStent: Expanding the Role of the Comprehensive Ophthalmologist. Tips to Get Started with MIGS,” podium speaker, 28th Annual Harris Visiting Professor Series, University of Minnesota, February, 2015.
  • “Basics of Intraocular Lens Calculations,” podium speaker, Warren Hill Visiting Professor, University of Minnesota, December, 2014.



  • Ophthalmology

Board Certifications

Board Certified

Clinical Interests

• Cataract Surgery • Oculoplastic Surgery (Eyelids) • Glaucoma • Comprehensive Eye Exams