“Today, patients are unwilling to accept poor vision as a natural part of aging,” says Dr. Y. Ralph Chu, founder and medical director of Chu Vision Institute and Chu Surgery Center in Bloomington. Chu says, “They not only want a better visual outcome, but also less dependence on distance and reading glasses. And most people are unaware of just how many options now exist, and continue to evolve, to reduce the need for prescription eyeglasses. The Victus femtosecond laser technology was designed to meet this demand and delivers outstanding visual results and ultimate patient experience in cataract and LASIK procedures.”
Chu Vision Institute is among the first ten sites in the country, and the only site in the Midwest, to offer the Victus femtosecond laser. This innovative laser platform provides significantly improved accuracy, precision and reproducibility in performing some of the critical steps of cataract and LASIK surgery and is approved for both cataract and corneal flap procedures.
“With the Victus platform, we are able to automate some of the steps that we have commonly performed manually,” says Dr. Chu. The Victus platform offers real-time, three-dimensional imaging of the eye to aid in planning and monitoring the operation. “While we have performed thousands of successful LASIK and cataract surgeries, we feel this technology is essential to providing our patients with the best outcomes possible.”
Dr. Chu is a fellowship-trained corneal specialist in cataract, refractive and corneal surgery. He stays on the leading edge of technology through his participation in over 55 clinical evaluations or FDA clinical trials. Three of Dr. Chu’s current projects include working on the next generation glaucoma stent, helping patients reduce or eliminate their need for reading glasses with a corneal inlay and corneal cross-linking for patients with keratoconus or ectasia after refractive surgery.
Dr. Chu serves on numerous editorial boards and on the Board of Governors for the Children’s Theatre Company of MN and he has lectured around the world. At the end of the day, though, it is always about the patients he sees at his Bloomington clinic.
“It’s important to all of us at Chu Vision Institute and Chu Surgery Center that our patients not only have access to the latest technologies but that we provide the education necessary so each of our patients can make an informed decision regarding their eyecare,” says this dedicated eye surgeon. Dr. Chu concludes, “We provide the knowledge, expertise, and options tailored to individual lifestyles to reduce the need for reading glasses and to help improve vision at all distances. We are dedicated to improving the vision of our patients so that they can positively transform their lives.” Minnesota Monthly