Refractive Cataract Surgery in Bloomington, MN

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ABOUT Refractive Surgery

Cataracts are a leading cause of vision loss around the world, but fortunately, they can be treated. Classified as an opacity of the natural lens of the eye, cataracts generally start to develop around age 40. Due to the fact that cataracts are foggy regions within the makeup of the lens, the lens must be taken out and replaced with an intraocular lens (IOL) to control the disease.

Board-certified ophthalmologist Dr. Ralph Chu is highly experienced in helping patients gain renewed, clear vision using advanced techniques to treat cataracts. At Chu Vision Institute, he is pleased to provide refractive cataract surgery, a personalized procedure that utilizes advanced laser technology to precisely remove the cataract. Refractive cataract surgery is able to digitally diagram the eye's surface and make a more delicate, scalpel-free incision, greatly minimizing the chances for complications.

For patients with refractive errors, such as nearsightedness, farsightedness, and presbyopia, we can replace the natural lenses with custom IOLs to act as prescription lenses. These specialty intraocular lenses can help eliminate or decrease a patient's reliance on prescription glasses or contacts. Schedule a visit with our team in Minneapolis, MN to learn about our options for clearer vision.

Candidates for Refractive Cataract Surgery

You are likely a candidate for refractive cataract surgery if you have been diagnosed with cataracts and you no longer have the clear vision you once did with your prescription glasses or contacts. Refractive cataract surgery is typically suited for patients with mid- to late-stage cataracts, but you might be able to have them removed at an earlier stage. During your initial visit, Dr. Chu will perform a comprehensive eye exam and evaluate your health history, vision needs, and lifestyle. These details will also help to determine which custom IOL would be best for your vision goals. If you have had LASIK surgery in the past, you might not be a candidate for refractive cataract surgery.

How Is the Surgery Done?

About an hour before refractive cataract surgery, a member of our team will fully numb the patient’s eyes with specialized eye drops. Laser cataract surgery is very similar to traditional cataract surgery except we employ innovative femtosecond lasers. This remarkable technology graphs an extremely detailed map of the eye; therefore, the lasers can find the precise site of the cataract and soften it before breaking it up into several tiny pieces. At this point, these pieces are suctioned out of the eye and a small incision is made to replace the preexisting lens with a multifocal intraocular lens (IOL).

Unlike many other cataract surgeries, refractive cataract surgery is unique in that it permanently enhances the shape of the cornea. This allows light to seamlessly bend and reach the retina in the correct manner. A properly shaped cornea can solve numerous ocular issues, such as astigmatism, nearsightedness, and farsightedness.

Due to its unique precision, laser cataract surgery technology offers exceptional results with a quicker healing process than traditional surgery. Laser cataract surgery is a quick outpatient procedure, lasting about 20 minutes. This makes it perfect for anyone hoping to correct their vision without prolonged pain or taking significant time off of work.

Results After Refractive Cataract Surgery

The recovery time for refractive cataract surgery normally ranges from 4 – 8 weeks; however, it varies from patient to patient. During the recovery process, you'll need to stick to strict aftercare directions to foster the best possible results. You will also be advised to use a few types of prescription eye drops throughout the healing period, and it is crucial not to press on or touch the eyes for any reason while they get better. We may also require some patients to wear an eye patch for a while.

We will have you come back for a few follow-up evaluations so Dr. Chu can monitor your recovery and make sure your vision is improving on schedule. For the majority of our patients, vision is noticeably improved right after the procedure, but it stays cloudy for a few days until the post-surgery inflammation starts to decrease. Some patients report seeing halos or glares around lights, but this tends to decrease over time. In general, patients are able to enjoy significantly clearer vision with less dependence on eyeglasses.

Obtain Clearer Vision

If not treated appropriately, cataracts may drastically affect your day-to-day routine and eventually cause complete blindness. However, the team at Chu Vision Institute can remove your cataracts so you can regain clearer eyesight and a brighter outlook. We invite you to call our office in Minneapolis, MN to schedule a consultation with Dr. Chu, and learn more about your options to remove cataracts.

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