About The Cornea
The cornea is the transparent, dome-shaped structure that covers the front of the eye. A healthy cornea is clear and naturally curved in appearance. The rounded design of the cornea allows it to refract light into the retina so your eye can focus on both near and far away objects. If the cornea becomes swollen or misshapen due to injury or disease, light can be distorted or blocked. This can cause overall impairments to your sight.
At Chu Vision Institute, we want our patients to maintain their best possible eyesight so we advise everyone to have a comprehensive eye exam at least every other year. Routine vision exams are imperative to your total eye health, as we check for many conditions and impairments, including corneal irregularities. If corneal disease is detected during your eye exam, we offer numerous treatment options to limit further vision loss. Contact our team in Bloomington, MN today to schedule your exam so you can keep your ocular health in optimal condition.
"This staff is absolutely amazing!!! They talk to you as a human and take the time to explain what they are going to do. They spend time answering questions and concerns. Dr. Chu and his team…I honestly couldn’t have asked for more. They genuinely care, and you can hear it in their voices. I was nervous, and as an adult male that can be….belittling…but they were amazing! They actually pumped up my confidence. I will never go anywhere else for my eyes. I plan on scheduling all my appointments with them. Give them a chance, they will not disappoint. I heard it in the waiting room, everyone was happy and appreciative. Thank you all for making my life better!"- B.J. / Google / Jun 10, 2022
"Lasik was not something that i ever thought would be an option as it never was for my astigmatism and far sighted vision issues. New technology made something i never thought possible a possibility. This was the easiest thing ever. From what i expected was that it was suppose to be a slow progression and will continue to improve over next 6 weeks. I am already mind blown by how it has gone and how well I see. No glasses and I see better than I ever did with glasses...lol. Best Doctor, team, and experience. I HIGHLY Recommend everyone using Chu Vision Institute for all ete care needs. You will not regret it. Thank you!"- J.D. / Google / Mar 31, 2022
"From the day I walked in for my consult to the day after surgery and my first post-op, Chu Vision provided nothing short of a stellar experience. After 30 years of my life spent wearing glasses and 27 years with contacts, my vision stabilized and I was referred to Chu Vision. LASIK has been something I've wanted for many years but will be the first to admit my gut was wrenching with anxiety the entire month leading to the procedure after weighing the pros and cons of eye surgery. Browsing the internet and learning about side effects: glares, halos, starbursts...didn't exactly help my anxiety. Don't get me wrong, without glasses or contacts, I could barely make out the big E in the eye doctor's office. If anyone broke into my house, if a contact fell out while swimming, if something happened to my contacts/glasses on vacation...I'd be screwed. I wanted to be free. My 1:1 prior to surgery with Dr. Chu definitely put me at ease. The entire staff at Chu Vision is extraordinary...something you wish for at any service-related business. They calmed my nerves, walked through every step, answered all my questions, advised me how to prepare and what to truly expect afterward. The day of surgery was quick and absolutely painless...no pain at all, and my entire time at the office was 45 minutes. The actual procedure was less than 10 minutes. Dr. Chu provided an amazing surgery and turned my -6.75 prescription WITH ASTIGMATISM to 0!!!! The day after surgery for my post-op, I could easily see 20/20, and I know they don't guarantee better than 20/20, but I was able to see 20/15 the day after surgery, with my own eyes...truly amazing!!!! TO THIS DAY I CATCH MYSELF IN AMAZEMENT BECAUSE I KNOW WHAT IT WAS LIKE TO NOT HAVE THIS VISION WITH MY OWN EYES. I'm now 4.5 weeks out from when I had surgery and the post-op procedures and drops are cake. I have not had ANY glares, halos, starbursts, nothing. I can see clearly at night and during the day. "Whereas once I was blind, now I see." Thank you so much Dr. Chu, your team, and the experience you have built. I can't put into words how you have changed my life. Thank you so much."- C.K. / Google / Jan 20, 2022
"I had cataract surgery and before surgery had cloudy vision and a great deal of difficulty with night driving-halos, difficulty seeing lines on the roads especially on wet roads. I got the light adjusted lenses. It took a few weeks of adjustments but now I can see clearly to read and drive without glasses and the best part is I can drive at night and I don’t have the haloes around lights with oncoming traffic and I can see the road and lines even in the rain!! No glasses needed!!! I wear regular sunglasses in the sun but no prescriptions. Thanks Dr. Chu!!! Your staff was amazing-each person was polite and friendly and professional!"- L.F. / Google / Jun 04, 2022
"Dr. Chu changed my life!!! The procedure was so easy and fast! My eyes are feeling amazing not even 24hrs later. The staff was always extremely friendly and knowledgeable"- S.P. / Google / Jun 16, 2022
Should I Have an Eye Exam?
If you have observed changes in your vision, we recommend visiting our Bloomington, MN office for a comprehensive eye exam. Conditions of the cornea can only be assessed and treated by a qualified professional, such as board-certified ophthalmologist Dr. Ralph Chu. He is highly experienced in addressing many corneal conditions that can cause vision loss, such as keratoconus, Fuchs' endothelial dystrophy, and bullous keratopathy. Our caring team understands that all corneal conditions are unique based on each patient so we will work to find the best treatment for you.
Corneal Disease Diagnosis
After you have arrived for your scheduled exam at Chu Vision Institute, one of our highly experienced optometrists will examine your eyes to search for signs of corneal disease, such as irregular eye shape, cloudy spots, and rough patches. We will also review your medical records, family history, and any current medications or previous surgeries. In addition, our team will perform a series of diagnostic tests to uncover any potential eye problems. At our state-of-the-art facility, we utilize some of the top technologies available in the industry. Corneal disease is primarily genetically inherited, but injury or excessive eye rubbing can also be contributing factors. People with corneal disease typically experience blurred or distorted vision, eye swelling, irritation, glare, and sensitivity to light.
How Do You Treat Corneal Disease?
At Chu Vision Institute, our team offers an array of both surgical and nonsurgical treatments to address corneal conditions and enhance your vision and eye health. To address a damaged or unhealthy cornea, we offer options, such as corneal cross-linking and phototherapeutic keratectomy (PTK). In addition, some patients with corneal disease may need to have either a full- or partial-thickness corneal transplant. At your initial consult, Dr. Chu will determine which option is ideal for your situation and design a customized treatment plan to improve and protect your eyesight.
Schedule Your Visit
A thorough eye exam is essential to detect any current or potential eye disease, including conditions of the cornea. Dr. Chu is highly qualified and experienced in diagnosing and treating sight impairments related to a range of corneal issues, including keratoconus and corneal scarring. If you have noticed changes in your eyesight, contact us in Bloomington, MN to schedule a consultation. We look forward to helping you get on the path to better vision.