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LRI (Limbal Relaxing Incision)

Typically used to treat:

· Astigmatism

o    Cataract Patients

What is LRI?

Limbal Relaxing Incision, or LRI, is a procedure in which partial thickness incisions are made at the corneal periphery (edge of the cornea) in order to treat corneal astigmatism.  The small incisions “relax” the curvature of the cornea and improve its ability to focus light.  The goal of the procedure is to leave the patient with as little astigmatism as possible.

How does LRI work?

Depending on the level of your astigmatism, Dr. Lin will determine the best LRI technique for your particular case.  The general steps involved in an LRI procedure are outlined below.

Step 1: Based on extensive pre-operative tests, Dr Lin “marks” the cornea using a special instrument designed for making orientation “marks.”

Step 2: Using a specialized instrument small incision(s) are made in the cornea to improve the refine the curvature of the cornea

Step 3:  The eye is covered and protected

What are the benefits of LRI?

LRI optimizes the function of intraocular lenses (IOL) in order to achieve a wider range of vision correction.  It is the more commonly preferred method to treat astigmatism in IOL users.  The procedure has a proven track record of safety with rare complications. 

The visual recovery from an LRI procedure is also typically very quick.  LRI is also a more economical alternative than LASIK to treat astigmatism with effective results.

Who is a candidate for LRI?

· At least 18 years or older

· In good health

· No serious eye conditions

There may be times when IQ Laser Vision may need to turn away patients because they are not a good candidate for the procedure because our number one concern is not the number of patients we bring in but the quality of care and high level of service we provide.  That is why it is important to come in for our FREE CONSULTATION, in order for IQ Laser Vision to determine your candidacy and provide the best vision correction options for you.

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What can you expect?

Many patients do the LRI procedure to treat their astigmatism in conjunction with another procedure, typically to augment cataract surgery, and do exceedingly well. 

What are the risks of LRI?

Some potential risks may include:

· Infection

· Slight discomfort

· Corneal perforation

All risks are discussed and addressed before, during and after the procedure.  IQ Laser Vision is dedicated to answering any and all questions you may have to ensure complete conformability and proper expectations with the procedure.

FAQs about LRI

Q: How long will it take for me to see an improvement in my vision?

A: Typically patients see the most improvement after 1 day.

Q: Is the procedure painful?

A: No.  An anesthetic eye-drop is used to numb the eye prior to the procedure.  You won’t feel any pain, but you may feel some pressure.

Q: Will my insurance company cover LRI?

A: Most health care companies consider LRI an elective procedure, but it will depend on your coverage plan.  IQ Laser Vision does offer NO-INTEREST FINANCING/CARECREDIT


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Robert T. Lin, M.D. performs MICRO-LASIK®, Laser Vision correction, Lasik Eye Surgery, Lasek, Intacs and Visian ICL in Los Angeles and Orange County California.
18725 Gale Ave. Suite 140
City of Industry CA 91748 US


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