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.
"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."- N.A. / Google / Aug 04, 2022
"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
"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!"- N.M. / Google / Jun 28, 2022
"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."- B.A. / Google / Aug 03, 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
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.