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 improve or totally eliminate nearsightedness, farsightedness, and astigmatism by carefully altering the shape of the cornea. Some of the best aspects of LASIK include that it is remarkably fast and virtually completely 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 Bloomington, MN office soon 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.
"After wearing glasses everyday since I was 12, I finally decided to get LASIK. I went from -4.5 in one eye and -5.5 in the other (+ astigmatism), to having 20/20 vision! The actual operation with the laser took less than one minute and I was able to go to work the next day. There were some halos and eye fatigue the first two weeks (so I was working at about 40% capacity, I would estimate), but all the negative effects decreased over time. Now, it’s a month later and I’m great! Should have done this a few years ago!"- S.Y. / Yelp / Mar 24, 2015
"I went to Chu Vision to get LASIK done in May of 2014. I've never had any sort of real surgery (except when I got my appendix out) and so I wasn't sure what to expect. As you can imagine you need to be sure you go to a good place when you get eye surgery! I chose Dr. Chu due to his reputation as I received numerous recommendations. While I was nervous in the beginning, the Chu Vision staff put me at ease very quickly, and then when it came time to have the surgery everything went very smoothly. Dr. Chu walked me through the procedure, and that very evening I was able to see without my contact lenses. My recovery was quick and easy. I highly recommend Chu Vision and have told many of my personal friends about the experience. It is now 2015 and I have had no issues or problems, and am thrilled to be done with my glasses!"- R.A. / Google / Jun 19, 2015
"I had the Smile technique (lasik) done almost 2 weeks ago and am so happy I did. I have been very impressed with the care I have received and have the utmost respect for Dr. Chu. I can't imagine going anywhere else. I would highly recommend them to anyone looking to have a fantastic lasik experience. I really felt like their only patient."- D.K. / Google / Jun 19, 2017
"I had a great experience at Chu Vision. My husband got lasik there about 4 years ago and had a great experience. So I followed suit and decided to get lasik this year. The staff was incredibly kind and helpful and friendly. Dr. Chu was very thorough in explaining the process to me and made sure I felt comfortable throughout. The surgery was completely pain free and within hours I could see 20/20. I had some concerns over the weekend, which ended up being just dryness, and was quickly contacted and brought in by the on call dr to ensure everything was as it should be. I have had only positive experiences with the Chu Vision Institute and would highly recommend!!"- A. / Google / Jun 19, 2019
"I have never met such a personable team before. Dr. Chu and his staff made me feel super comfortable with my decision to perform LASIK. Highly worth it. I can’t recommend them enough!"- J.B. / Google / Sep 19, 2019
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 top of each eye to ensure that the eyes can't move. People receiving LASIK aren't able to see this ring and never feel anything but a slight tension on the eye. Once the eye is secured, Dr. Chu will utilize the 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.
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. We are here to give our Bloomington, MN patients their sharpest eyesight yet.
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