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.
"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 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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