Millions of people have astigmatism, a condition which typically affects the cornea of the eye and causes blurry vision and distortion. In a normal eye, the cornea is round; however, an eye affected by astigmatism has an oblong, uneven curvature – similar to the shape of a football. This often causes light to not focus properly on the retina, making objects appear blurry. Our board-certified Ophthalmologist, Dr. Michael Sumsion, offers state-of-the-art treatments for astigmatism that can correct the problem and significantly improve your vision. For patients who have cataracts in addition to astigmatism, Dr. Sumsion can remove the cataract and perform the astigmatism correction in the same procedure.
Limbal Relaxing Incisions (LRI)
Limbal Relaxing Incisions, or LRIs, can be used to treat minor astigmatism. The procedure involves the creation of small incisions around the iris to help the cornea reshape itself into a rounder curvature. LRI’s are often performed after cataract removal to reduce astigmatism and improve vision.
What to Expect
- Length of Procedure: The exact length of time for astigmatism correction will depend on your unique needs, and whether you are combining astigmatism treatment with cataract surgery. LRIs can take as little as five minutes; while cataract surgery typically takes under 25 minutes.
- Who will perform my procedure?: Dr. Michael Sumsion, our experienced Ophthalmologist, performs all surgical procedures
- How long will I need for recovery?: Recovery time will depend on the type of procedure you undergo; however, many patients are able to resume normal daily routines within about one day.
- Results: Our advanced astigmatism treatments can help you significantly reduce blurriness and visual distortion caused by this common condition. Results should be noticeable after one to two days, once the eye has been given enough time to heal from surgery.