ABOUT Refractive Surgery
Cataracts are a leading cause of vision loss around the world, but fortunately, they can be treated. Classified as an opacity of the natural lens of the eye, cataracts generally start to develop around age 40. Due to the fact that cataracts are foggy regions within the makeup of the lens, the lens must be taken out and replaced with an intraocular lens (IOL) to control the disease.
Board-certified ophthalmologist Dr. Ralph Chu is highly experienced in helping patients gain renewed, clear vision using advanced techniques to treat cataracts. At Chu Vision Institute, he is pleased to provide refractive cataract surgery, a personalized procedure that utilizes advanced laser technology to precisely remove the cataract. Refractive cataract surgery is able to digitally diagram the eye's surface and make a more delicate, scalpel-free incision, greatly minimizing the chances for complications.
For patients with refractive errors, such as nearsightedness, farsightedness, and presbyopia, we can replace the natural lenses with custom IOLs to act as prescription lenses. These specialty intraocular lenses can help eliminate or decrease a patient's reliance on prescription glasses or contacts. Schedule a visit with our team in Bloomington, MN to learn about our options for clearer vision.
Refractive Cataract Surgery Reviews
"I felt anxious at the pre op screening visit because I didn't understand how long the measuring process would take. Did I not ask enough questions? Did I not understand the explanations of the procedure? I'm not sure. But once I voiced my concern everything was explained to my complete understanding. The facility met or exceeded all the COVID protocols. It was close to home -- easy to access and had free parking. Dr. Chu was approachable and caring. Dr. Heckman was patient, caring and concerned about me as well as making sure Dr. Chu received the specs he needed to perform perfect surgery. THANK YOU!!!!"- N.C. / Office Visit / Jun 24, 2021
"My experience with everyone at Chu Vision (cataract removal and lens implant) was nothing less than the absolute best care that I've had in a very long time, so professional, friendly and caring! My eyesight has not been this good in ages and it practically happened over night. Dr. Chu and his team are the best!!"- J.S. / Google / Jul 23, 2021
"I had my first cataract surgery 2 weeks ago, my second yesterday. I went with their crystalens implants and I am thrilled, surgery yesterday and I am 20/20 a day later- first time I've been 20/20 since I was around 5 and now I'm 57- really?? Wonderful people to help you, very positive and caring from Dr.Chu on down. A bit expensive but I don't think I could've made a better choice for my eyes, don't cheat yourself!"- 1. / Google / Jun 19, 2019
"I was referred to Dr Chu by my optometrist. I also did my own research online and found Dr Chu highly qualified and well regarded. His medical degree and residency were at top-rated universities. He has taught other physicians and is known internationally. It is very intimidating to undergo surgery on the eyes and I wanted the best. I had cataract removal and Toric lense implant. Dr Chu and his staff are incredibly friendly and attentive. They are thorough and answer any questions or concerns. Then they go over the options that will work best for you. It's hard to explain how much of a difference this makes. Going from a lifetime of poor eye sight to 20/20 vision is nothing short of astounding. I have already recommended Dr Chu to others and I will continue to do so."- D.H. / Google / Jun 19, 2019
"I had cataract surgery in both eyes - what a difference: It was like going from VHS to 4k! My vision is excellent, and for the first time since Junior High I don't wear glasses. The ChuVision staff was professional and caring throughout my treatment. Especially welcome was ordering a taxi for transportation to and from the clinic (I've never heard of that being done anywhere else). The entire experience was beyond my expectations. Well done - and thus highly recommended."- D.S. / Facebook / Jan 17, 2018
Candidates for Refractive Cataract Surgery
You are likely a candidate for refractive cataract surgery if you have been diagnosed with cataracts and you no longer have the clear vision you once did with your prescription glasses or contacts. Refractive cataract surgery is typically suited for patients with mid- to late-stage cataracts, but you might be able to have them removed at an earlier stage. During your initial visit, Dr. Chu will perform a comprehensive eye exam and evaluate your health history, vision needs, and lifestyle. These details will also help to determine which custom IOL would be best for your vision goals. If you have had LASIK surgery in the past, you might not be a candidate for refractive cataract surgery.
How Is the Surgery Done?
About an hour before refractive cataract surgery, a member of our team will fully numb the patient’s eyes with specialized eye drops. Laser cataract surgery is very similar to traditional cataract surgery except we employ innovative femtosecond lasers. This remarkable technology graphs an extremely detailed map of the eye; therefore, the lasers can find the precise site of the cataract and soften it before breaking it up into several tiny pieces. At this point, these pieces are suctioned out of the eye and a small incision is made to replace the preexisting lens with a multifocal intraocular lens (IOL).
Unlike many other cataract surgeries, refractive cataract surgery is unique in that it permanently enhances the shape of the cornea. This allows light to seamlessly bend and reach the retina in the correct manner. A properly shaped cornea can solve numerous ocular issues, such as astigmatism, nearsightedness, and farsightedness.
Due to its unique precision, laser cataract surgery technology offers exceptional results with a quicker healing process than traditional surgery. Laser cataract surgery is a quick outpatient procedure, lasting about 20 minutes. This makes it perfect for anyone hoping to correct their vision without prolonged pain or taking significant time off of work.
Results After Refractive Cataract Surgery
The recovery time for refractive cataract surgery normally ranges from 4 – 8 weeks; however, it varies from patient to patient. During the recovery process, you'll need to stick to strict aftercare directions to foster the best possible results. You will also be advised to use a few types of prescription eye drops throughout the healing period, and it is crucial not to press on or touch the eyes for any reason while they get better. We may also require some patients to wear an eye patch for a while.
We will have you come back for a few follow-up evaluations so Dr. Chu can monitor your recovery and make sure your vision is improving on schedule. For the majority of our patients, vision is noticeably improved right after the procedure, but it stays cloudy for a few days until the post-surgery inflammation starts to decrease. Some patients report seeing halos or glares around lights, but this tends to decrease over time. In general, patients are able to enjoy significantly clearer vision with less dependence on eyeglasses.
Obtain Clearer Vision
If not treated appropriately, cataracts may drastically affect your day-to-day routine and eventually cause complete blindness. However, the team at Chu Vision Institute can remove your cataracts so you can regain clearer eyesight and a brighter outlook. We invite you to call our office in Bloomington, MN to schedule a consultation with Dr. Chu, and learn more about your options to remove cataracts.
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