While laser vision correction procedures, like LASIK and PRK, can be ideal in addressing refractive errors, some people do not qualify. This is commonly due to astigmatism, extreme nearsightedness, abnormally thin corneas, or a history of dry eye. Implantable contact lenses (ICLs), also known as phakic lens implants, can work as a solution for these patients. ICLs are implanted on the natural lens of the eye, behind the cornea and iris, and work to provide clear vision for patients with moderate to severe myopia (nearsightedness). These lenses work much like traditional contacts, except they are implanted by a surgeon and designed to stay in place, either permanently or over the long term. They are generally very well-tolerated and compatible with the eye chemistry. At Chu Vision Institute, board-certified ophthalmologist Dr. Ralph Chu offers ICLs to fit your unique vision needs. To find out if you're a good candidate, reach out to our office in Minneapolis, MN.
"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
"My vision correction is experience at the Chu Vision Institute couldn’t have been better. Though their pre screen process Dr. Chu and his staff take extreme care to ensure you and your eyes are a good fit for laser correction surgery. Once it is was determined that LASIK was the best option for me, Dr. Chu’s awesome staff was on point getting me ready for my procedure. Dr. Chu even did a video call with me a couple of days before the procedure to answer any additional questions I had and to describe the procedure itself. The day after my LASIK procedure I was seeing 20/15 in both eyes !! The only regret I have is that I waited so long to get my eyes fixed. The Chu Vision Institute gave me my vision back and I am super grateful! Thank you all for taking such good care of me and my eyes. Best, Todd-"- T.F. / Google / Dec 11, 2021
"I came in for a Lasik consultation and Chu Vision is a well-oiled machine! Very organized and have the process of the exam and consultation down to a T. Everyone I encountered was very friendly! From the young man who checked me in at my vehicle, the exam and all the way to the end when I met with Amy Ray about scheduling and financing for Lasik. Love it and can't wait to put my eyes in your hands and get Lasik (spoiler...I'm an ideal candidate and will for sure be going to Chu Vision Institute)"- A.S. / Office Visit / Jul 14, 2021
"(Translated by Google) The whole experience is extremely positive. The staff exhibit exceptional customer service. The ophthalmologist's verification of all eye conditions is very complete and they take great care to listen and follow up on your comments. In short, it is the best experience I have had in this class of ophthalmology services. (Original) Toda la experiencia es extremadamente positiva. El personal exhibe un trato al cliente excepcional. La verificación del oftalmólogo de todas las condiciones de los ojos es bien completa y se esmeran en oír y dar seguimiento a tus comentarios. Resumiendo es la mejor experiencia que he tenido en esta clase de servicios de oftalmologia"- F.V. / Google / May 02, 2022
BEST CANDIDATES for ICLs
If you have a high degree of myopia (nearsightedness) but have been told you don't qualify for LASIK or PRK, you are likely a good candidate for ICL. These vision solutions are intended for patients who:
- Are generally healthy
- Want a vision correction alternative to glasses or traditional contacts
- Have a high degree of myopia, with or without astigmatism
- Are between the ages of 21 – 45
- Have had a stable eye prescription
To fully determine if you are a candidate for this procedure, Dr. Chu will perform a thorough eye examination and review your medical history. Patients with glaucoma, cataracts, or keratoconus may not qualify for ICLs.
Our Lens Options
We are pleased to offer the new EVO/EVO+ Visian ICL for our patients who want to correct their vision with implantable lenses.
The EVO Visian ICL (implantable collamer lens) is inserted behind the iris so your natural lens will stay in place. This innovative lens is used to correct vision in patients with astigmatism and nearsightedness. With the Visian ICL, you can have clear, sharp vision without glasses or traditional contacts. The lens is designed to stay in place comfortably and permanently, but it is removable should you change your mind in the future.
What to Expect with Implantable Lenses
We will place your implantable lenses during an outpatient procedure performed at our facility in Minneapolis. Before starting your surgery, we will numb your eyes to keep you comfortable, and we may also give you light anesthesia. Dr. Chu will utilize advanced technology to create a very tiny incision on the outer portion of your cornea before folding the lens and situating it in the proper place in your eye. The procedure is relatively quick, lasting about 20 – 30 minutes total. ICLs are done one eye at a time, unlike with other refractive laser surgeries.
After your implantable lens procedure, you should be able to quickly return to your normal activities. Our staff will review any important follow-up instructions, such as not rubbing your eyes for several days. We will prescribe eye drops that you'll need to use for the next week or so. Over the next 48 hours, you can expect your vision to improve as your eyes recover and adjust to the new lenses. It could take four weeks to see your full outcomes. With ICLs, patients are able to experience long-term clear vision without needing traditional contact lenses or eyeglasses. As an added benefit, there is virtually no risk of dry eye symptoms with ICLs since no corneal tissue is removed.
SOLUTIONS FOR Vision Correction
If you have been told you cannot have laser vision correction and would like to explore your alternatives, contact our team at Chu Vision Institute in Minneapolis, MN. We would be happy to share more about implantable lens options to improve your quality of sight and sharpen your vision. The Visian ICLs are minimally invasive lenses that have helped many patients become less dependent on prescription eyewear. Contact our office today to schedule an appointment with Dr. Chu.
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