Y. Ralph Chu, MD

Image result for Ralph ChuFounder and medical director of Chu Vision Institute in Bloomington, MN, Dr. Chu is an internationally recognized leader in cataract and refractive surgery. He is a fellowship-trained corneal specialist whose practice focuses on cataract, refractive, cornea and minimally invasive glaucoma surgeries.  Through participation in over 80 clinical evaluations or FDA clinical trials, Dr. Chu works diligently to bring new technologies to his practice. Dr. Chu was the first provider in Minnesota to offer SMILE vision correction and continues to be the only surgeon in Minnesota to provide this refractive option.  In addition, Dr. Chu was the first in Minnesota to offer laser assisted cataract surgery with the VICTUS Femtosecond Laser, the first to utilize the Zeiss VisuMax laser system in Minnesota and the first to introduce corneal inlays to improve reading vision to the Minneapolis/Twin Cities area.

Dr. Chu has lectured and taught physicians on nearly every continent and is a much sought-after speaker, both nationally and internationally, regarding cataract and refractive surgery.  As a prominent global lecturer and surgeon, Dr. Chu is a leading authority on modern technological advances in cataract, refractive and minimally invasive glaucoma surgeries.

Following his passion to treat preventable blindness around the globe, Dr. Chu formed the Chu Vision Foundation, a non-profit organization dedicated to bringing education, vision correction surgery, technology and resources to underserved communities locally and globally. The Chu Vision Foundation has participated in local and global missions to provide critical vision services, procedures and education in underserved communities.

Visit Dr. Y. Ralph Chu’s Website


Chu Vision Institute
9117 Lyndale Avenue South
Bloomington, MN 55420


Medical School
Northwestern University Feinberg School
Chicago, IL

Duke University Eye Center
Durhan, NC


  • Board Certified by the American Board of Ophthalmology
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