Traditional Cataract Surgery
Considered to be both incredibly safe and exceptionally dependable, traditional cataract surgery, called phacoemulsification, is among the most routinely conducted procedures around the globe. Board-certified ophthalmologist Dr. Ralph Chu is proficient in both traditional and laser cataract surgeries and can decide which treatment is most effective for patients by providing comprehensive exams and full analyses of their medical histories. The only major difference between the two surgeries is that the traditional surgery is done with handheld surgical tools, whereas the laser method is principally done via state-of-the-art laser technology. If you have cloudy vision associated with cataracts, reach out to our office in Bloomington, MN to plan your consultation for cataract surgery. We would be happy to go over your possibilities for cataract removal so you can obtain clearer vision.
Best Candidates for Cataract Surgery
Typically, most people living with cataracts are considered good candidates for traditional cataract removal surgery if they are in good general health. Some types of astigmatism may reduce the chances of maximal outcomes, which may in turn affect a patient's suitability for the surgery. However, many types of astigmatism can now be corrected simultaneously with cataract surgery. Further, certain preexisting eye conditions, like macular degeneration or a detached retina, might influence a patient’s eligibility for cataract surgery. In some cases, cataract surgery could be considered an elective surgery based on the severity of vision loss and whether you choose a standard or custom artificial intraocular lens (IOL). At Chu Vision Institute, we perform an in-depth evaluation of each patient’s condition and any past medical problems to establish if traditional cataract surgery would be the most suitable treatment.
"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 had cataracts removed from both eyes. Dr. Chu and his staff were wonderful to work with. From the exam to the surgical procedure and recovery, everyone was very professional and pleasant . I had a perfect outcome and would highly recommend the Chu vision Clinic."- B.S. / Google / Oct 02, 2020
"I’ve been going to Chu vision for about three years now and and I’ve had excellent service each and every time. They follow me yearly for my dry eye condition. They are extremely thorough and take the time to answer all my questions. Highly recommend them."- C.S. / Google / Jul 31, 2020
"Exceptional. I felt like family as soon as I walked through the front door. Staff was extremely knowledgeable and friendly and my LASIK procedure went flawlessly. Like most folks, I did extensive research for months before my consult (word of mouth and online) I highly recommend Chu Vision for your procedure."- C.M. / Google / Mar 19, 2020
"I want to thank everyone at Chu Vision for the remarkable care we received recently. The clinic has an immaculate protocol to prevent Covid exposure for all of its patients. One might think that all the masks would prevent a warm, caring environment but not at Chu Vision! To a person, everyone was warm and welcoming. Dr. Chu was terrific and extremely thorough. The clinic was able to assess my husband’s acute vision change using a remarkable variety of tests and tools. What would have taken weeks at another clinic took only hours at Chu Vision. We won’t ever go anywhere else. Thank you so very much!"- K.D. / Yelp / Jul 13, 2020
How Traditional Cataract Surgery Is Done
Dr. Chu performs traditional cataract surgery as an outpatient treatment that generally lasts around ten minutes per eye. As in laser cataract surgery, the patient stays conscious during treatment; however, the eyes are totally numbed prior to starting the surgery to offer complete comfort. Many patients are very surprised at how easy and painless the surgery is.
Once the patient is ready, Dr. Chu will secure a ring or suction device over each eye that hinders any movement during the surgery. Then, he will manually create a three-millimeter incision at the edge of the cornea. After this, he will utilize a separate device to reach the lens through the incision. This device breaks apart the clouded lens using ultrasonic waves so it can be easily removed and replaced with an IOL through the same incision. We can perform traditional cataract surgery with a variety of IOLs, including the Tecnis® Symfony multifocal lens. The incision is so tiny that it doesn't need stitches and will heal smoothly on its own.
After the procedure, our staff will provide thorough aftercare directions to ensure optimal recuperation. We will let you know when to use any necessary anti-inflammatory eye drops, whether an eye bandage will be needed, advice on sleeping without bumping or touching the eyes, and not doing certain strenuous tasks. Dr. Chu will conduct one last brief eye exam before clearing you to recuperate at home. It is typical for cataract surgery patients to deal with a degree of distorted vision for an hour or two after the procedure, but this is just an acclimation process as your eyes adjust to the implanted lens. It is also possible to develop red scleral tissue, as well as some slight bruising that looks like a black eye for 5 – 7 days after the procedure. Dr. Chu will have you return to Chu Vision Institute the next day for your initial follow-up assessment. Additional visits may be needed, depending on the speed of your recovery.
Say Goodbye to Cataracts
At Chu Vision Institute, our approach to vision care and eye health is simple. We first take the time to understand life from your unique perspective. By utilizing top technologies and techniques to treat cataracts, we can provide you with improved eyesight. If you have cataracts or have experienced changes in your vision, contact our Bloomington, MN practice to arrange an evaluation with Dr. Chu and learn more about traditional cataract surgery and other treatment options.
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