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ISRN Ophthalmology
Volume 2012, Article ID 763731, 4 pages
http://dx.doi.org/10.5402/2012/763731
Clinical Study

Evaluation of Polybutylate-Coated Braided Polyester (Ethibond) Sutures for Levator-Advancement Blepharoptosis Repair

Ziv Medical Center, Ophthalmology Department, Safed 13100, Israel

Received 3 August 2012; Accepted 10 September 2012

Academic Editors: P. E. Gallenga and H. Toshida

Copyright © 2012 Michael Yulish and Joseph Pikkel. This is an open access article distributed under the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.

Abstract

Purpose. To evaluate the efficacy and safety of polybutylate-coated braided polyester (Ethibond* 5-0) suture for levator aponeurosis suturing to the anterior tarsal surface in involutional blepharoptosis repair surgery. Methods. Ten consecutive patients (16 eyes) with acquired blepharoptosis which resulted from levator aponeurosis dehiscence with good levator function had gone through surgery and were followed up for, at least, one year. Results. There was no significant change between postoperative MRD1 measurements. No serious complications, such as infection of the sutures, inflammation, granuloma formation or ptosis recurrence, were registered. Conclusion. Polybutylate-coated braided polyester (Ethibond* 5-0) suture is a safe and effective material for involutional blepharoptosis repair surgery.