LRI’s – Limbal Relaxing Incisions
The outer layer of the eye can be divided into three areas: the cornea, the sclera and the limbus. The cornea is the clear part, or the window, that covers the iris and the pupil. The sclera is the white part of the eye. The limbus is the thin area that connects the cornea and the sclera.
Limbal Relaxing Incisions are for those:
- who have astigmatism
- want to reduce or eliminate their dependence on glasses or contacts
- have no health issues affecting their eyes
These incisions are usually made at the time of cataract surgery to reduce or eliminate the astigmatism and thus increase the chances for better vision without eyeglasses. A near prescription will usually still be necessary to read and do close work. Your doctor will discuss the options that make the best sense for you.
It is important to note that insurance does not cover the cost of the limbal relaxing incisions, either done with the blade or the LenSx® laser.