Discover Your Options!
LASIK (laser-assisted in situ keratomileusis) is the most popular refractive procedure in the vision industry. Hundreds of thousands of men and women all over the world have had this remarkable surgery and can hardly believe how wonderful their vision is following treatment. LASIK is FDA-approved and can treat nearsightedness, farsightedness, and even astigmatism by carefully altering the shape of the cornea. Some of the best aspects of LASIK include that it is remarkably fast and virtually pain-free, and it offers lasting results.
At Chu Vision Institute, we want everyone to see the world through clear eyes. We know that sharp vision can have a tremendous effect on daily life. In fact, having the most precise vision possible can optimize everything from performing activities at work to enjoying your hobbies. Schedule an appointment at our office in the Twin Cities to receive a LASIK assessment with an extensively trained eye surgeon to find out if laser vision correction could be the most effective option for you and your eye health.
CANDIDATES FOR LASIK
Owing to recent advancements in LASIK procedures, a rising number of adults might be great candidates for this treatment. This is great news, and while you might have been told by other ophthalmologists that LASIK wasn’t a good treatment for you, it could be a good idea to look into it again. No one but a skilled ophthalmologist can accurately say whether anyone is a good candidate for laser vision correction, but there are a few guidelines that are true for most patients. For one thing, patients need to be a minimum of 18 years of age. In addition, it is necessary that the patient has a certain amount of corneal thickness. Also, some eye conditions or other medical concerns might impact a person's eligibility for LASIK; however, other refractive surgeries, such as photorefractive keratectomy (PRK), may still be an ideal option.
"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
"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
"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
"The care I received for my eye surgery was top notch! I would recommend Dr. Chu and his team to anyone looking to get LASIK."- N.C. / Google / Nov 15, 2022
"Dr. Chu and his team made everything so easy! The my LASIK procedure was so quick I could not believe it! Dr Chu was great about explaining everything and answering my questions. He and his team made me feel at ease during my procedure. I would definitely recommend!"- A. / Google / Nov 15, 2022
HOW IS IT DONE?
At Chu Vision Institute, LASIK is an incredibly quick, precise, state-of-the-art laser vision surgery. As an added positive, a considerable majority of people don't experience any pain during their treatment. The surgery usually lasts under ten minutes in total. Prior to beginning the procedure, the person's eyes will be fully numbed with special eye drops to ensure there is no discomfort. Then, a small, round device will be put on each eye to hold open the eyelids. People receiving LASIK never feel anything but a slight tension on the eye. Once the eye is secured, Dr. Chu will utilize advanced laser technology to create a microscopically thin corneal flap. He will then carefully fold the flap back and use the laser to change the shape of the underlying corneal tissue. Once this is done, he will bring the flap back into its proper position. Remarkably, it can then heal itself back together without sutures. Most people who receive LASIK may notice clear vision within one day.
What is Monovision LASIK?
For patients who experience both myopia and presbyopia, we may recommend a technique known as monovision LASIK. Using this method, our staff creates a blended vision that corrects one eye for nearsightedness and one for farsightedness. The brain is then able to combine these differences in vision in order for you to be able to see both near and far. Though this may sound like your vision will be a bit odd or uncomfortable, most patients are very happy with their results and become completely accustomed to their new vision within just a few weeks. In order to ensure patients will love their results, we usually recommend for patients to undergo a short trial before undergoing monovision LASIK in which they wear a pair of lenses that simulate monovision. In this way, patients can see for themselves what to expect from the procedure. Monovision LASIK is typically suitable for any patients over the age of 40 who are noticing symptoms of presbyopia and myopia.
RESULTS AFTER LASIK
A lot of patients notice sharper vision right after their procedure; however, a great deal of patients may have hazy vision for around one day. For the most part, eyesight is noticeably sharper by the next day, and the outcomes will continue to improve and stabilize throughout the next 8 – 12 weeks. Several patients will have spells of hazy vision, night vision issues, and light sensitivity as they heal and recover; however, these issues are normal and are typically reversed in a few months. Dr. Chu always asks his patients to come back for a few follow-up visits in order to monitor their healing process. LASIK patients will also have to use prescription and moisturizing eye drops for 2 – 4 weeks following LASIK.
Long-Term Clear Vision Today
Current innovations in LASIK technology are allowing countless people to benefit from laser vision correction. If you have been informed years ago that you weren't suitable for LASIK, schedule an evaluation at Chu Vision Institute to find out if your eligibility has changed. Patients who aren't good candidates for LASIK may be qualified for a different vision correction option, such as PRK or SMILE. We are here to give our Minneapolis patients their sharpest eyesight yet.
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