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.
"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
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.