Limbal Relaxing Incisions (LRI) is a surgical procedure performed to help correct astigmatism. With astigmatism, the cornea is shaped more like a football than a basketball. Due to this oblong shape, the light rays are bent either horizontally or vertically before they reach the retina, resulting in distorted and blurry vision. LRI’s can be performed at the time of LASIK, cataract surgery, or as a stand-alone procedure. During the LRI procedure, incisions are made at strategic points on the cornea to relax and round out the shape of the cornea. With the cornea reshaped, light is able to focus better on the retina resulting in increased visual clarity.