Your doctor may recommend performing a Limbal Relaxing Incision, or LRI, in order to reduce or eliminate low to moderate amounts of corneal astigmatism. These tiny incisions are made in the peripheral section of your cornea (the clear front surface of the eye) known as the limbus. The incisions are used to relax the “football” shape of the cornea, resulting in a more spherical or “baseball” shape.
Limbal relaxing incisions are generally performed as an outpatient procedure in an ambulatory surgical center, such as our own Eye Care Surgery Center, and often combined with cataract surgery or other refractive procedures in order to improve vision. The surgery is completed in just a few seconds after anesthetic eye drops are instilled, and most patients experience very little if any post-operative discomfort.