Limbal Relaxing Incisions


Limbal relaxing incisions (LRI) are a modification of astigmatic keratotomy (AK), which is a procedure to treat astigmatism.This procedure is very safe and it is not associated with glare or starburst, which often occurs with true corneal incisions (RK and AK). Limbal relaxing incisions (LRI) are the incisions that are placed on the periphery of the cornea, called the limbus, resulting in a cornea that is more rounded. Thus the astigmatism is reduced and uncorrected vision improved by this procedure.


Limbal relaxing incisions(LRI) has acquired a widespread acceptance amongst the cataract surgeons as it is often combined with the cataract operation to reduce pre-existing astigmatism. Limbal relaxing incisions (LRIs) are used to treat only low to moderate degrees of astigmatism. In this limbal relaxing incision procedure, the surgeon cuts the limbus, which allows the cornea to become more rounded when it heals. This procedure takes only few minutes.


Limbal relaxing incisions

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