ABOUT Corneal Inlays
Most adults over age 40 will find themselves needing to wear reading glasses at some point. For some people, this change is surprising, especially if they have not needed any previous vision correction. In Bloomington, MN, board-certified ophthalmologist Dr. Ralph Chu offers comprehensive eye exams for patients who are experiencing presbyopia, the gradual loss of ability to focus the eyes up close.
Dr. Chu and the caring team at Chu Vision Institute are eager to help patients find an ideal solution to this issue. One of our treatment options is an implantable device known as a corneal inlay, a tiny lens placed into the first few layers of the cornea. The inlay itself is lighter and smaller than a contact lens and looks like a ring with a small pinhole opening that helps focus light into the eye. We offer the AcuFocus KAMRA inlay, which is FDA approved to treat presbyopia by increasing the eye's depth of focus. Dr. Chu was a lead investigator on the decade-long clinical trials for KAMRA corneal inlays, helping to pioneer this groundbreaking treatment for vision correction.
If you're experiencing age-related vision concerns due to presbyopia, reach out to our office. We would be happy to provide more information about corneal inlays and other reading vision correction solutions.
"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
"I’m absolutely astounded at how instantly my vision was improved! I’ve gone from needing glasses for everything to having 20/20 vision again! I’m rather hesitant when it comes to needing anything medical. And now I want to tell everyone how incredible Dr Chu and his team are. From the folks helping to check you in to the kind and caring support on each and every visit, this has been my best experience EVER! Thank you to Nic, Asha and the research team, to all the Drs and the surgical team and to Dr Chu for believing in making a difference For ALL your eye needs, big or small, there is only one place you want to be. Chu Vision institute. Best decision I have made."- S.K. / Google / Sep 09, 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
Best Candidates for Corneal Inlays
If you are between 45 – 60 years old and have trouble reading small print or viewing objects up close, you may be a good candidate for KAMRA corneal inlays. This solution works well for patients who already have good long-distance vision. If you need to correct a refractive error, Dr. Chu may suggest that you first undergo LASIK or another laser vision correction surgery. Sometimes, LASIK and corneal inlays can be done at the same time. Depending on how much reading you do on a regular basis, corneal inlays may or may not be the best option for you.
Corneal Inlay Procedure Technique
On the day of your corneal inlay procedure, you will come to our on-site ambulatory surgery center in Bloomington, MN. The procedure is quick, lasting about ten minutes. We will provide you with numbing eye drops and possibly a light sedative so you stay comfortable for the duration of your treatment. Dr. Chu will use a laser to cut a small flap in the top layers of your non-dominant eye. Next, he will insert the AcuFocus KAMRA inlay through the same tiny opening. Once the device is positioned in your cornea, it works to correct your vision similar to how the small aperture of a camera helps focus a picture.
What to Expect with Corneal Inlays
Since corneal inlays are a minimally invasive treatment, you can expect to get back to your normal routine after a day or two. You may feel some burning or irritation in the treated eye, but this is normal and should subside quickly. Our staff will provide you with important recovery instructions, such as avoiding wearing reading glasses and using prescribed eye drops. Dr. Chu may ask you to attend a series of follow-up appointments to ensure that your healing is progressing adequately. You should start to notice better vision within the first few weeks with continued improvements over the next 2 – 6 months. Many patients who receive inlays find that they are able to reduce or eliminate the need to wear reading glasses.
Rely Less On Readers
Corneal inlays can be a great choice to improve close-up eyesight while still maintaining clear, crisp distance vision. If you would like to learn more about vision correction with the AcuFocus KAMRA inlay, reach out to our office to schedule a consultation. Chu Vision Institute is proud to be one of the first practices in the Bloomington, MN area to introduce corneal inlays as a surgical option to reduce dependence on reading glasses.