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.
"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
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.