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While most patients have heard of either LASIK or PRK, most have yet to be introduced to the revolutionary new technique known as SMILE. Short for small incision lenticule extraction, SMILE is an innovative approach to laser refractive surgery. The goal of this treatment is to correct astigmatism and myopia, also called nearsightedness. As a third-generation option for laser vision correction, SMILE builds on the benefits that LASIK and PRK have provided for millions of patients in the past. At Chu Vision Institute, we strive to offer the most up-to-date methods to our many patients throughout the suburbs of Minneapolis. In fact, world-renowned ophthalmologist Dr. Ralph Chu was the first person to perform this treatment in the state of Minnesota. To receive the best possible care from a highly skilled team, contact our office today and schedule your eye exam.
"I cannot say enough about how great Chu Vision is! I got my LASIK done with them a couple weeks back and they have been so friendly and informative the entire way! My life is changed for the better since having my procedure. Also, if I have a question even now, everyone there still responds to my questions with a smile and professionalism. If I could give them a higher review I would!"- C.F. / Google / Feb 12, 2021
"Super friendly staff. 1 day post operation from my SMILE surgery and I have 20/20 vision. Dr. Chu was very reassuring during the surgery; keeping me comfortable through the process."- J. / Google / Oct 21, 2021
"I had such an amazing experiance at Chu Vision, when I had my first appointment, I was so nervous but everyone was so kind and made the experience so much more enjoyable and stress free, the procedure went so quick and Dr.Chu was very kind and made sure to explain every thing that would be done as well as reasure me everything would go well. I got the Smile procedure done and I'm so so happy with results my vision is 20/20 I'm am truly grateful thank you so much Chu Vision ❤ definitely will be recommending to family and friends😊"- N.A. / Google / Jan 27, 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
"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
candidates for smile
SMILE is ideal for men and women with slight to severe myopia (nearsightedness) or astigmatism. Those who may have not been LASIK or PRK candidates in the past could potentially benefit from this new technique. During your consultation at our Minneapolis office, Dr. Chu will assess the state of your eyes and determine which laser vision correction surgery is right for your needs. If LASIK or PRK are ruled out, SMILE could be an excellent alternative. Patients considering refractive error surgery should be at least 18 years old with a consistent eyeglass prescription.
how is it done?
Before we start your treatment, a member of our team will numb your eyes using anesthetic drops and keep your eyes open and steady using a gentle device. During SMILE, a computer-operated femtosecond laser is used to create a thin, microscopic disc of tissue called a lenticule that rests right beneath the surface of the eye. The lenticule is then removed through a small opening, eliminating the need for a flap. SMILE is not performed on the surface of the eye, which means that your recovery time is often quicker than that of LASIK or PRK. After SMILE surgery, you may experience less dry eye and discomfort throughout your healing period and in the future. SMILE often takes fewer than ten minutes from start to finish and only 30 seconds of laser exposure. The majority of patients can go back to work within 24 hours following their treatment.
results after smile
Many patients could experience some minor itching, burning, or irritation in the eyes following their SMILE procedure. Individuals may also notice that their eyes water more often or are uncomfortable at times. However, these common symptoms will dissipate in the hours following the treatment. The wonderful thing is that a person's vision often recovers very quickly after SMILE. Since SMILE does not involve a large incision like LASIK, there is less incidence of dry eyes. Patients are usually able to resume their normal activities, like swimming, outdoor sports, and more, within the first week after SMILE.
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SMILE For wonderful outcomes
At Chu Vision Institute, we're thrilled to perform the most contemporary procedures known to the eye care industry. Rest assured that you will always receive personalized, high-quality care by a team of professionals who are leaders in their field. To learn more about SMILE and its many benefits, or to find out if you could be a good candidate, contact our office in Bloomington, MN today.
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