ABOUT Corneal Inlays
Most adults over age 40 will find themselves needing to wear reading glasses at some point. For some people, this change is surprising, especially if they have not needed any previous vision correction. In Bloomington, MN, board-certified ophthalmologist Dr. Ralph Chu offers comprehensive eye exams for patients who are experiencing presbyopia, the gradual loss of ability to focus the eyes up close.
Dr. Chu and the caring team at Chu Vision Institute are eager to help patients find an ideal solution to this issue. One of our treatment options is an implantable device known as a corneal inlay, a tiny lens placed into the first few layers of the cornea. The inlay itself is lighter and smaller than a contact lens and looks like a ring with a small pinhole opening that helps focus light into the eye. We offer the AcuFocus KAMRA inlay, which is FDA approved to treat presbyopia by increasing the eye's depth of focus. Dr. Chu was a lead investigator on the decade-long clinical trials for KAMRA corneal inlays, helping to pioneer this groundbreaking treatment for vision correction.
If you're experiencing age-related vision concerns due to presbyopia, reach out to our office. We would be happy to provide more information about corneal inlays and other reading vision correction solutions.
"Today after years of waiting to get LASIK I took the leap. Terrified as I was, all of the wonderful staff was amazing and kind. Dr. Chu talked me through the whole procedure, which is honestly an outstanding experience. I could not recommend Chu Vision Institute any higher! Perfect 10 :)"- M.B. / Yelp / May 04, 2021
"I came in for a Lasik consultation and Chu Vision is a well-oiled machine! Very organized and have the process of the exam and consultation down to a T. Everyone I encountered was very friendly! From the young man who checked me in at my vehicle, the exam and all the way to the end when I met with Amy Ray about scheduling and financing for Lasik. Love it and can't wait to put my eyes in your hands and get Lasik (spoiler...I'm an ideal candidate and will for sure be going to Chu Vision Institute)"- A.S. / Office Visit / Jul 14, 2021
"I had LASIK at Chu Vision last week and couldn’t recommend them highly enough. They provided a great consultation and advised on the best procedure for my eyes. Every detail (large and small) was planned for, and the whole process was very smooth. Best investment I’ve ever made!"- J.M. / Google / Apr 26, 2021
"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
"I had LASIK performed by Dr. Chu and the entire experience was wonderful. All of the staff members were extremely nice and helpful - from the check in person who coordinated my visit to the tech who explained what all of the tests were and why they were needed during my evaluation appointment. Dr. Chu personally has a web call with you a few days before your surgery to ensure you do not have any other questions and are still comfortable with moving forward. The day of the surgery, Dr. Chu checks in with you right before you enter the laser room, performs the surgery himself, and then follows up immediately after by looking at your eyes to ensure everything went well. Chu Institute isn't the cheapest LASIK option, but it is clear why they are viewed as a leader in this field throughout the nation. From the knowledge and professionalism of the staff, to the attention that is received from Dr. Chu himself, to the best and latest technology to ensure the optimal results for your vision, they are worth the little extra. I personally wouldn't want my procedure done through a Groupon on a 10 year old laser system - your eyes are worth more than that."- P.P. / Google / Mar 11, 2021
Best Candidates for Corneal Inlays
If you are between 45 – 60 years old and have trouble reading small print or viewing objects up close, you may be a good candidate for KAMRA corneal inlays. This solution works well for patients who already have good long-distance vision. If you need to correct a refractive error, Dr. Chu may suggest that you first undergo LASIK or another laser vision correction surgery. Sometimes, LASIK and corneal inlays can be done at the same time. Depending on how much reading you do on a regular basis, corneal inlays may or may not be the best option for you.
Corneal Inlay Procedure Technique
On the day of your corneal inlay procedure, you will come to our on-site ambulatory surgery center in Bloomington, MN. The procedure is quick, lasting about ten minutes. We will provide you with numbing eye drops and possibly a light sedative so you stay comfortable for the duration of your treatment. Dr. Chu will use a laser to cut a small flap in the top layers of your non-dominant eye. Next, he will insert the AcuFocus KAMRA inlay through the same tiny opening. Once the device is positioned in your cornea, it works to correct your vision similar to how the small aperture of a camera helps focus a picture.
What to Expect with Corneal Inlays
Since corneal inlays are a minimally invasive treatment, you can expect to get back to your normal routine after a day or two. You may feel some burning or irritation in the treated eye, but this is normal and should subside quickly. Our staff will provide you with important recovery instructions, such as avoiding wearing reading glasses and using prescribed eye drops. Dr. Chu may ask you to attend a series of follow-up appointments to ensure that your healing is progressing adequately. You should start to notice better vision within the first few weeks with continued improvements over the next 2 – 6 months. Many patients who receive inlays find that they are able to reduce or eliminate the need to wear reading glasses.
Rely Less On Readers
Corneal inlays can be a great choice to improve close-up eyesight while still maintaining clear, crisp distance vision. If you would like to learn more about vision correction with the AcuFocus KAMRA inlay, reach out to our office to schedule a consultation. Chu Vision Institute is proud to be one of the first practices in the Bloomington, MN area to introduce corneal inlays as a surgical option to reduce dependence on reading glasses.