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May 1996

Adjustable Suture Technique for Levator Recession

Author Affiliations

From the New England Eye Center (Drs Woog, Hartstein, and Hoenig), Tufts University School of Medicine (Dr Woog), Harvard Medical School (Dr Woog), and Massachusetts Eye and Ear Infirmary (Dr Woog), Boston, Mass.

Arch Ophthalmol. 1996;114(5):620-624. doi:10.1001/archopht.1996.01100130612025

Objective:  To determine whether an adjustable suture technique is clinically useful in levator recession surgery.

Design:  Consecutive clinical series.

Setting:  Inpatient hospital and ambulatory surgical center.

Participants:  Ten patients who were undergoing levator recession surgical procedures for correction of eyelid retraction constituted the group of subjects of this study.

Outcome Measures:  Outcome measures included margin-reflex distance and palpebral fissure measurements.

Results:  Postoperative margin-reflex distance and palpebral fissure measurements were within 0.5 mm of the desired eyelid position in 10 of 14 procedures and within 1 mm of the desired position in 12 of 14 procedures.

Conclusion:  Adjustable sutures may be a useful adjunct in levator recession surgery.