LASIK Minneapolis – Serving patients seeking LASIK surgery in Minneapolis and the surrounding area
Dr Chu provides vision correction treatment that is tailored to the patient’s unique needs.
Dr. Ralph Chu is a board-certified, fellowship-trained ophthalmologist with more than 25 years’ experience treating St. Paul and Minneapolis LASIK patients. He was one of the first surgeons in Minnesota to perform LASIK and has performed over 20,000 refractive surgeries.
Dr. Chu takes pride in specializing in the most state-of-the-art techniques available in laser vision correction but his biggest passion is ensuring each patient has a personalized experience. He has been consistently named the “Best LASIK Doctor” in the Sun-Current’s Readers’ Choice Awards.
As a highly esteemed Twin Cities LASIK surgeon, Dr. Chu is often featured across various media outlets for his contributions to his field, including ABC 5 Eyewitness News, Fox9.com, WCCO Radio and Minneapolis / St. Paul Business Journal. Dr. Chu teaches other physicians and lectures at ophthalmology conferences in the United States and abroad, including in Asia, Australia and Europe. He has been honored with many awards, including being named one of the 2013 Best Doctors for Women by Minnesota Monthly.
As founder and principal of Chu Vision Institute, Dr. Chu performs a variety of vision correction treatments. These include LASIK, advanced surface ablation (ASA), also known as PRK, refractive lens exchange (RLE) and implantable contact lens (ICL) surgery.
To schedule a personal consultation with Dr. Chu and learn more about your vision correction options, please contact Chu Vision Institute by calling (800) 716-5254.
More About Vision Correction at Chu Vision Institute
Dr. Chu uses only the most advanced laser technology in his LASIK procedures, allowing him to provide vision correction treatment that is tailored to the patient’s unique needs, not to mention extremely precise results. His state-of-the-art practice is equipped with the VISX advanced CustomVue laser with wavefront-guided technology to produce highly customized visual outcomes.
Before starting the LASIK procedure, Dr. Chu uses wavefront imaging technology to capture a unique map of the eye’’s topography, including extremely subtle refractive errors called “higher-order” aberrations. He uses this map to calibrate the excimer laser used to re-shape the curvature of the cornea.
To start the LASIK procedure, Dr. Chu uses either a microkeratome (mechanical surgical blade) or, in all-laser LASIK, a femtosecond laser to create a hinged flap in the surface of the cornea. After gently lifting back the flap to reveal the underlying corneal tissue, he removes microscopic particles of the tissue to re-shape the curvature of the cornea. This corrects the refractive error causing farsightedness, nearsightedness or astigmatism. Once he is satisfied with the newly shaped cornea, he replaces the corneal flap back in its original position, where it heals by itself, without the need for sutures.
Individuals who have undergone LASIK surgery typically notice a dramatic improvement in their vision within 24 to 48 hours after surgery. They are generally happy to find that the procedure is not painful, thanks to topical anesthetic eye drops administered before the procedure begins. In most cases, patients no longer have to depend on prescription glasses or contact lenses to see well; the vast majority of LASIK patients even achieve 20/20 vision following the procedure.