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Journal of Ophthalmology
Volume 2014, Article ID 156501, 5 pages
http://dx.doi.org/10.1155/2014/156501
Clinical Study

The Clinical Characteristics and Surgical Outcomes of Epiblepharon in Korean Children: A 9-Year Experience

Department of Ophthalmology, Dong-A University College of Medicine, 3ga, Dongdaeshin-dong, Seo-gu, Busan 602-715, Republic of Korea

Received 4 June 2014; Revised 10 August 2014; Accepted 11 August 2014; Published 14 September 2014

Academic Editor: Edward Manche

Copyright © 2014 Jong Soo Kim et al. 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 examine the demographic characteristics, clinical features, surgical outcomes, and long-term prognoses of epiblepharon in Korean children. Methods. Epiblepharon patients who were followed for ≥ 6 month following surgical correction between January 2005 and December 2013. The patient demographics, clinical features, concomitant disorders, surgical outcomes, and complications were retrospectively reviewed. Results. A total of 768 epiblepharon records were included in the analysis. The mean patient age was years. At presentation, 712 patients (92.8%) complained of typical epiblepharon symptoms. The mean patient age at surgery was years, with 629 patients (81.9%) on the lower lid and 72 patients (9.4%) on the upper lid and 82 patients (10.7%) undergoing surgery on both lids. The eyelid was well everted with no recurrence in 740 patients (96.4%). Conclusion. Epiblepharon frequently occurs in Korean children and is correctable with a simple surgery. Recurrence and serious complications do not occur often, and any suspicions of epiblepharon should be investigated. A thorough ocular examination can lead to a correct diagnosis and timely corrective surgery. Most procedures are successful and prevent secondary complications that often occur with uncorrected epiblepharon.