You Should Trust Your Eyes To The Best

A lot of people have no idea what they want to do as a profession until they are well into their adult years, but the plan was crystal clear for Dr. Y. Ralph Chu of Chu Vision Institute in Bloomington when he was just 10-years-old.


“I watched a TV program about a blind man who, through a new surgical procedure, had his sight restored and was able for the first time to see the face of his 2-year-old boy. It was at that moment that I decided I wanted to be an ophthalmologist,” said Dr. Chu.


After earning his medical degree from Northwest­ern University Medical School in Chicago, Ill., where he was a member of the Alpha Omega Alpha Honor Society, Dr. Chu completed an internship at Evanston Hospital and an ophthalmology resi­dency at Duke University Eye Center in Durham, N.C. He then completed a fellowship in cornea and external disease, refractive, cataract and lens implant surgery and glauco­ma in Minneapolis.


In 1999, he founded Chu Vision Insti­tute, a consultative surgical practice specializing in cata­ract and refractive surgery, including LASIK. The clinic provides per­sonalized care with a focus on patient empowerment and education in an envi­ronment of excellence.


“We are proud to be lead­ers in helping to move the field of ophthalmology forward with a robust re­search department and have been involved in over 65 clinical trials. We are able to offer the latest tech­nology and innovation in a highly customized fashion while maintaining an indi­vidualized patient experi­ence,” said Dr. Chu.


The Chu Vision Institute was the first clinic in the Twin Cities to adopt la­ser cataract technology. It is also a known leader in presbyopia vision cor­rection, has been involved in several breakthrough technologies to eliminate reading glasses, and re­cently implemented Drop­less™ cataract surgery, which significantly reduc­es patients’ need for pre­scription eye drops after surgery by administering medication inside the eye at the conclusion of the procedure.


In addition to its ground­breaking work on behalf of patients, The Insti­tute has also established a presence on the world stage. Recently Dr. Chu formed the Chu Vision Foundation, a non-profit organization dedicated to bringing vision correction technology and re­sources to under­served communities across the globe. Closer to home In­stitute employees lead several semi­nars each month at local senior housing developments in or­der to bring educa­tion and awareness about general eye health and challenges with the aging eye. Dr. Chu also travels to underserved areas of the state to bring excellent surgical eye care to those communities.


As a prominent global lecturer and surgeon, Dr. Chu is a leading authority on modern technological advances in cataract and refractive surgery. He has authored several textbook chapters, writes articles for industry journals and publications, and serves on numerous editorial boards. Dr. Chu is the cur­rent President of the Out­patient Ophthalmic Sur­gical Society. He is also a member of the American Academy of Ophthalmol­ogy, the American Society of Cataract and Refractive Surgeons, the Internation­al Society of Refractive Surgery, along with nu­merous other professional memberships.


Dr. Chu lives in Edina, with his wife and daugh­ter. He enjoys biking, traveling, music and the arts, and also serves on the Board of Minneapo­lis-based Children’s The­ater Company.


He holds professorships at the University of Min­nesota Medical School and the University of Utah, Moran Eye Clinic.


For more information, or to make an appointment, call 952-234-8274 or visit The Institute is located at 9117 Lyndale Avenue

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