Jessica Heckman, O.D.


Dr. Jessica Heckman is a board-certified optometry specialist with a special interest in managing eye diseases and extensive experience providing full-scope patient care. At Chu Vision Institute, she works closely with cataract and refractive surgery patients to provide effective pre- and post-operative care. She also oversees Chu Vision Institute's in-house residency program through Pacific University College of Optometry, serving as an instructor for ophthalmic technician students and optometric externs. Dr. Heckman has assisted with more than 20 clinical research trials at Chu Vision Institute and has lectured both locally and across the country.

Education and Training

Dr. Heckman earned her Bachelor of Arts from Concordia College in Moorhead, MN before obtaining her doctorate of optometry (O.D.) and graduating with honors from the Pacific University College of Optometry. Afterward, she joined Chu Vision Institute in 2010. Dr. Heckman is proud to be able to use her talents and expertise to provide exceptional care for patients in her home state of Minnesota.


"Dr. Chu did a wonderful job with my SMILE procedure, taking my -5.75 and -6 prescriptions to 20/20. My results are amazing, yes... but I think that being as nervous as I was, the thing that really made this experience phenomenal was the care that Dr. Chu, Dr. Heckman, and the whole team provided. I appreciate that they took the time to talk to me about all of my concerns before I scheduled my procedure - have really dialed in the actual day of your appointment so it's smooth and efficient and you always know what's going on and what to expect - and that they have continued to provide that level of care at every follow up appointment. I have always received such a warm welcome every time I have visited, and am grateful that they always find time to address any questions or concerns. PS - a special thank you to every technician I've been fortunate enough to meet at my appointments, you all provided such lovely, friendly conversation!"



"Can't speak highly enough about the results and experience I had with Dr. Chu and his team. After a Lasik procedure I have 20/20 vision. I was obviously a little concerned about having someone mess around with my eyeball with a laser... but the whole team at Chu Vision made me feel comfortable with the procedure and recovery and ensured I felt supported at every step. The procedure was a breeze - Dr. Chu has a great bedside manner and made me feel comfortable I was in good hands. Recovery was straightforward and it's now a full month that I've had great vision and not had to worry about corrective lenses. If you're considering refractive surgery with Chu, do it. My only regret is that I didn't do this sooner."



"Where to even begin. I had been eagerly anticipating laser vision correction for at least 5 years but life continued to get in the way. I finally was in a position to move forward and found Dr. Chu and his practice upon moving to MN. I honestly do not have the words to express how thoroughly satisfied I am and continue to be with the entire experience. From the initial evaluation to the expert guidance, seamless follow up appointments, excellent communication, wonderful and friendly staff, truly knowledgeable physicians and providers who take the time to answer your questions, I could not be more pleased. I had initially wanted to have SMILE performed but, through the counsel of Drs. Heckman and Chu, underwent ASA with phenomenal results (and the vision continues to sharpen daily which is such an amazing thing to experience). Dr. Chu was able to take my vision from 20/500 (mostly from extremely severe astigmatism with coincident myopia) to 20/20. Most importantly, I was seeing 20/30 in my right eye the day following surgery and 20/20 by the 3-day follow up. At the risk of making this review too lengthy, I have to pay my respect not only to Dr. Chu's practice but to all the individuals who work there. From Dr. Hassan to Dr. Hampton, surgical intake nurses and all the techs, they legitimately made me feel like family. More than that, the work performed at this facility is second to none. I have already referred several colleagues for vision correction at Chu Vision. To top it off, Dr. Chu is honestly a stand up guy with some pretty amazing extracurriculars :) To anyone I may have missed, THANK YOU! Genuinely changing lives for the better. TL;DR - If you care about your eyes and want high-quality, complete care, look no further than Chu Vision. You will not be disappointed."



"Excellent care from everyone starting at the front door and the front desk, with Amy account rep to nurses, April and Amanda, and doctors, Dr Hossam and Dr Heckman and the expert hands of Dr Chu, they are very calming and reassuring through the entire process. Very professional staff helping along the way.Thank you"



"From beginning to end, I felt cared for and valued. I was confident I was in good hands. Dr. Chu put me at ease. I'm thrilled I can see!!"



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