LRI Eye Surgery
in Mentor & Chardon OH

If you are considering cataract surgery to eliminate cloudy vision, Board-Certified Ophthalmologist Dr. Michael Rom will help you choose an appropriate replacement lens (IOL). Advances in the field of ophthalmology have made it possible to both remove cataracts and also address various errors that require eyeglasses or contact lenses. This is often achieved with special intraocular lenses. If your vision is affected by astigmatism as well as cataracts, you may be an excellent candidate for limbal relaxing incisions as an alternative to a Toric IOL. During your evaluation, Dr. Rom will work with you to determine your vision needs and how to meet them successfully.

What Are Limbal Relaxing Incisions (LRI)?

Limbal relaxing incisions are made to correct mild to moderate astigmatism. This is a minimally invasive procedure that is often done in tandem with cataract removal. LRIs further improve the outcome of cataract surgery and reduce or eliminate the need for additional vision correction with eyeglasses or contacts. Limbal relaxing incisions are small incisions made around the perimeter of the cornea near the edge, thereby reducing the steep curve of the cornea.

An image of an eyeball showing wearing the limbal relaxing incisions will be made during surgery.

Candidates for Limbal Relaxing Incisions

This procedure is appropriate for patients with the following concerns:

  • A mild to moderate degree of astigmatism
  • A desire to reduce or eliminate the need for corrective eyeglasses or contacts
  • Cataracts

Patients considering limbal relaxing incisions should be in good health. It is important to have a clear understanding of what this procedure can accomplish. While limbal relaxing incisions achieve significant improvement in most cases, it is possible that some patients may still need vision correction with glasses or contacts.

What Are The Benefits of Limbal Relaxing Incisions for Cataracts?

LRI reduces astigmatic error and improves vision.

How Are Limbal Relaxing Incisions Placed?

During cataract surgery, a series of small incisions placed at exact positions on the eye can alter the shape of the eye’s cornea.

What Are The Benefits of Limbal Relaxing Incisions for Cataracts?

LRI reduces astigmatic error and improves vision.

a diagram showcasing wearing limbal relaxing incisions are placed

How Long Does It Take for Limbal Relaxing Incisions to Heal?

Following the LRI procedure, mild post-operative discomfort can be managed with over-the-counter pain medication if necessary. While the eyes recover from surgery, patients may also experience mild swelling of the eyes, tearing, and sensitivity to light. These are typically minor side effects. They should not prevent the performance of normal activities. Most patients can return to work and other activities the day after this procedure. Within 24 hours, vision is usually significantly improved. However, blurriness could occur for several days.

Risks Associated with LRI Eye Surgery

Limbal relaxing incisions are considered safe and effective for most patients. There is little to no risk of serious complications. Potential risks are discussed during the consultation. These include infection, overcorrection, under-correction, and corneal perforation. Corrective techniques can be performed if needed to reach a satisfactory outcome.  

Are the Results of LRI Eye Surgery Permanent?

Studies involving LRI patients have revealed that the results of this procedure can last many years, if not indefinitely. Dr. Rom discusses all important aspects of LRI treatment during his consultation, including expected outcome and options for future vision correction if necessary. Having performed over 25,000 cataract removal procedures, many with accompanying astigmatism correction, Dr. Rom makes thoughtful recommendations and ensures that patients have the necessary information to make a confident decision about their treatment.

picture of beautiful woman pointing to her eye

What Not to Do after Receiving Limbal Relaxing Incisions 

To facilitate optimal healing after LRI surgery, patients should avoid swimming and using a hot tub, steam room, or sauna for one week following their procedure. Bathing and showering may resume as normal within 24 hours of surgery. Patients should also avoid wearing eye makeup for at least 24 hours after limbal relaxation incisions. If makeup is worn the day after surgery, it should be new makeup, as products that have already been opened can harbor bacteria.

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If you want to learn more about LRI and Cataract surgery, please call Insight Eye Center today in Chardon at (440) 286-1188 or Mentor (440) 205-5840.

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