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 www.chuvision.com. The Institute is located at 9117 Lyndale Avenue