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 Bloomington, MN to learn about our options for clearer vision.
"I had LASIK at Chu Vision last week and couldn’t recommend them highly enough. They provided a great consultation and advised on the best procedure for my eyes. Every detail (large and small) was planned for, and the whole process was very smooth. Best investment I’ve ever made!"- J.M. / Google / Apr 26, 2021
"I had LASIK performed by Dr. Chu and the entire experience was wonderful. All of the staff members were extremely nice and helpful - from the check in person who coordinated my visit to the tech who explained what all of the tests were and why they were needed during my evaluation appointment. Dr. Chu personally has a web call with you a few days before your surgery to ensure you do not have any other questions and are still comfortable with moving forward. The day of the surgery, Dr. Chu checks in with you right before you enter the laser room, performs the surgery himself, and then follows up immediately after by looking at your eyes to ensure everything went well. Chu Institute isn't the cheapest LASIK option, but it is clear why they are viewed as a leader in this field throughout the nation. From the knowledge and professionalism of the staff, to the attention that is received from Dr. Chu himself, to the best and latest technology to ensure the optimal results for your vision, they are worth the little extra. I personally wouldn't want my procedure done through a Groupon on a 10 year old laser system - your eyes are worth more than that."- P.P. / Google / Mar 11, 2021
"I cannot say enough! I got LASIK through Chu Vision and everyone was informative and friendly throughout the entire process. They still answer every question with a smile! 11 out of 10 experience!"- C.F. / Facebook / Feb 11, 2021
"Bare with my lengthy review but if you’re like me, I wanted to know what others true thoughts were and I scoured as many reviews as possible to make sure I was making the best decision for me and my eyes. I am SO, SO thankful for Dr. Chu and Dr. Heckman’s expertise and honesty. I decided it was time to get Lasik and went in for my consultation. From check-in to my latest follow up, everyone at the Chu Vision Institute was friendly, warm, and helpful. Due to some past corneal scarring, Dr. Chu recommended that I get Lasik on one eye and PRK (ASA) on the other. I was extremely nervous about PRK because of the slightly longer recovery time and I really just wanted to wake up and have 20/20 vision like my friends who have had Lasik. The day of my procedure, they made sure I had all my questions and concerns answered before they let me in to have my surgery. That was extremely comforting to me and Dr. Heckman explained why PRK was recommended over Lasik. Simply put, I wouldn’t have had a good outcome if Dr. Chu had performed Lasik on both eyes. Both procedures went well and Dr. Chu confirmed his right decision during the procedure which took all of maybe 10 minutes for both eyes. As instructed, I went home and rested and could literally see 20/20 the next day with my Lasik eye. The PRK eye takes a little longer to heal but can already see better! (I was worried my blurry eye would affect my vision, but it did not). Recovery has been great and will continue to get better in the next few weeks. Now my husband wants to get his eyes done. Chu Vision Institute has exceeded my expectations and I am very happy with my results!"- E.M. / Google / Oct 20, 2020
"I’m so impressed with Chu Vision!! Everything inside is totally sanitized and they have a state of the art filtration system. I have never felt safer! It’s so clean, you could eat off the floor. The entire staff is incredible! Everyone is so friendly, welcoming and professional. I have been going to Chu Vision for the past 10 years and I will never go anywhere else. Thank you for your wonderful service!"- J.T. / Google / Dec 19, 2020
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 Bloomington, MN to schedule a consultation with Dr. Chu, and learn more about your options to remove cataracts.
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