Recently, Arizona Governor Doug Ducey issued an Executive Order that lifted the state-wide mandate for masks. The order asked businesses to continue to follow CDC guidelines to continue to prevent the spread of COVID-19.  While we respect everyone’s personal choices surrounding this matter, the nature of our work with our patients require that we work in close proximity of each other and therefore we believe it is in the best interest of our business to continue wearing masks until further notice.  We will revisit this policy once we have more time and information to evaluate the impact the executive order has on our industry and community.  In the meantime, we respectfully ask that while you are providing us the privilege of caring for you and your loved ones, that you please respect our mask policy. Masks are required on every individual in the building, covering the mouth and nose. 
We understand that this has been a trying time for all involved, and we are all ready to get back to normal as soon as possible. We are working hard to create processes that will allow us to do so shortly. We are confident that within a short time, if we can all work together, we will return to normal. We are very excited to see your smiling faces again, soon.

Improve Your Vision with Limbal Relaxing Incisions

Limbal relaxing incisions (LRI) modify the shape of the eye's cornea. Astigmatism occurs when the cornea is not perfectly round, resulting in double images or blurring when not corrected with eyeglasses or contact lenses. In simplistic terms, a cornea with astigmatism is shaped more like a football rather than a basketball. Limbal relaxing incisions, placed on the far outer edge of the cornea (the limbus), result in a rounder shape that provides clearer, sharper vision, reducing patients' reliance on glasses or contacts.

Learn more about astigmatism correction by contacting any of our Phoenix-area practices, conveniently located in Sun City, Sun City West, and Wickenburg.

The Procedure

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Astigmatism correction through limbal relaxing incisions is accomplished with a quick and relatively painless procedure performed at one of our Arizona practices. The LRI procedure can be completed in a few minutes after the eye has been numbed with anesthetic drops. There is usually minimal or no post-operative discomfort, although patients sometimes experience some mild temporary scratchiness. The procedure is very safe and is not associated with glare or starburst. The cornea, and your vision is usually stable within one week.

LRI Candidates

Limbal relaxing incisions provide clearer, sharper vision for patients whose primary refractive error is astigmatism. While corrective lenses are able to correct the blurriness resulting from astigmatism, patients often choose the LRI procedure in order to free themselves from reliance on glasses or contacts.

Limbal relaxing incisions have gained widespread acceptance amongst cataract surgeons, who perform astigmatism correction in combination with the cataract operation. The incisions can be made during the cataract surgery, or any time after, resulting in better post-operative vision without glasses.

Please ask Dr. Emilio M. Justo to evaluate your specific astigmatism to see if you are a candidate for the LRI procedure. If you are having cataract surgery, your astigmatism treatment options include the LRI procedure or the implantation of an AcrySof Toric Premium intraocular lens (IOL). When you discuss astigmatism correction at one of our Phoenix-area practices, Dr. Justo will determine which procedure will best treat your specific case.

Cost of Limbal Relaxing Incisions

Limbal relaxing incisions are NOT considered medically necessary by Medicare or any other health insurance as it is an elective procedure done to reduce the need for eyeglasses or contact lenses. During your consultation with Dr. Justo, you will be provided with detailed financial information about your procedure. At the Arizona Eye Institute & Cosmetic Laser Center, we offer financing plans, including CareCredit®, for the convenience of our patients.

Learn More about Astigmatism Correction

If you have been diagnosed with astigmatism and want clearer vision without the need for glasses or contacts, limbal relaxing incisions may be the ideal treatment for you. Learn more about astigmatism correction by contacting one of our Phoenix-area practices today, conveniently located in Sun City, Sun City West, and Wickenburg.

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Arizona Eye Institute & Cosmetic Laser Center

Ophthalmologist and plastic surgeon Emilio Justo founded Arizona Eye Institute & Cosmetic Laser Center in 1989. With locations in Sun City West, Sun City, and Wickenburg, AZ, we help patients from the Phoenix area and beyond improve and maintain their vision through quality eye care. Our doctors are affiliated with prestigious organizations, including:

  • The American Board of Ophthalmology
  • The American Academy of Cosmetic Surgery
  • The American Academy of Ophthalmology
  • The Arizona Medical Association
  • The Arizona Ophthalmological Society
  • The Phoenix Ophthalmological Society

To request a consultation, please fill out our online form or call (623) 975-2020.

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