Limbal Relaxing Incision for Treatment of Thermal Corneal Burns

  • Irfan Qayyum Malik, Syed Ali Haider, Qasim Lateef


A 60 years old lady, who underwent phaco with lens implantation, received
corneal burn from a hot phacoemulsification tip. After two months of surgery her
ORBscan showed the corneal burn induced astigmatism of 5.0 D. Her vision was
CF unaided and 6/24 with correction. Full thickness limbal relaxing incision was
made and after 2 weeks her ORBscan showed very less astigmatism. After 6
weeks her ORBscan corneal topography showed astigmatism of just -0.3 D
which was stable until her last follow up at 6 months and her visual acuity which
was CF initially improved to 6/12 unaided. She was followed up for a period of
six months with ORBscan, uncorrected and best corrected visual acuity. So we
concluded that Limbal relaxing incision is a useful technique to reduce the high
astigmatism induced by thermal corneal burns and to improve the visual
Key words: Limbal relaxing incision, corneal burn, astigmatism

How to Cite
Syed Ali Haider, Qasim Lateef IQM. Limbal Relaxing Incision for Treatment of Thermal Corneal Burns. pjo [Internet]. 30Jun.2015 [cited 1Dec.2020];31(2). Available from:
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