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Limbal Relaxing Incisions

Limbal Relaxing Incisions (LRI’s)

Limbal Relaxing Incisions or Arcuate Relaxing Incisions are a vision correction procedure that can help reduce astigmatism and thereby improve your vision. LRI’s may be most helpful for people with significant Astigmatism who have been corrected for Monovision. Limbal and Arcuate Relaxing Incisions can help reduce Astigmatism, but will have no effect in correcting any nearsightedness, farsightedness or reading problems (Presbyopia). Limbal Relaxing Incisions may be performed in conjunction with any lens implant procedure including an implant in connection with cataract eye surgery to reduce Astigmatism.

Limbal Relaxing Incisions or Arcuate Incisions are made directly on the cornea of your eye with a special diamond scalpel. The surgeon will measure the thickness of your cornea and use a micrometer to set the blade depth in order to properly make the incisions. These incisions are placed in the steep or more curved portion of the Cornea in order to reduce the curvature and in that way reduce the Astigmatism. Limbal Relaxing Incisions are placed just inside the white portion of the eye (sclera), whereas Arcuate Relaxing Incisions are placed in the more central clear portion of the cornea. The length of these incisions is determined by the amount of astigmatism.

Limbal Relaxing Incisions are a refractive surgery procedure that can help improve your vision for:

Cataract Surgery

Limbal Relaxing Incisions may also be performed in connection with cataract surgery. Limbal Relaxing Incisions are typically not covered by insurance so patients selecting this vision correction procedure may have to pay an additional charge to the refractive surgeon.

Refractive Surgery Treatment for:

If you have Astigmatism, objects will be blurry and could be doubled both far and/or near depending on whether you have nearsighted or farsighted astigmatism. To learn more about this vision problem, please visit our discussion on Astigmatism.

How Should I Choose a Surgeon to Perform either Limbal Relaxing or Arcuate Incisions?

Limbal Relaxing Incisions and Arcuate Relaxing Incisions are two refractive surgery procedures that are not performed by all LASIK surgeons. Therefore, you may want to find a refractive eye surgeon with proven experience who can properly diagnose your astigmatism and any other vision problems, recommend the best course of treatment, and perform the appropriate procedure.

How to Find a Highly Qualified and Experienced Surgeon for Limbal Relaxing and Arcuate Incisions

Our Trusted LASIK Surgeons Directory features highly qualified LASIK and refractive eye surgery experts who have proven experience, are active in the field of refractive surgery, and have been professionally recognized for their research, accomplishments, and contributions to advancing vision correction care.

Many of the eye surgeons in our directory also perform Limbal Relaxing Incisions and Arcuate Incisions and are often the leading experts when it comes to any vision correction surgery procedure. In other words, the typical surgeon listed at Trusted LASIK Surgeons is not simply a LASIK specialist, but a vision correction expert as well.

Please visit our directory of vision correction experts to find an experienced eye surgeon closest to you and review the profile of an expert surgeon to see if they offer cataract surgery. Even if the surgeon nearest to you in our directory does not offer cataract eye surgery, we believe that surgeon may be able to refer you to an experienced and qualified surgeon in your local area that can help diagnose and treat you for your cataract and other vision problems. If you do contact a surgeon in our directory, please let them know you found them through Trusted LASIK Surgeons.


The National Eye Institute (NEI) conducts and supports research that leads to sight-saving treatments and plays a key role in reducing visual impairment and blindness. The NEI is part of the National Institutes of Health (NIH), an agency of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.

This online resource infomation provides information about cataracts. It answers questions about causes and symptoms, and discusses diagnosis and types of treatment. It was adapted from Don't Lose Sight of Cataract (NIH Publication No. 94-3463) and Cataract: What You Should Know (NIH Publication No. 03-201).


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