Change in Eyelid Position Following Muller’s Muscle Conjunctival Resection With a Standard Versus Variable Resection Length

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Abstract

Purpose:

This study compares the use of a standard 7 mm resection length to a variable 4:1 ratio of resection length to desired elevation nomogram when performing Muller’s muscle conjunctival resection surgery.

Methods:

In this cross-sectional case control study, 2 groups were defined. The first underwent Muller’s muscle conjunctival resection surgery with a standard 7 mm resection length and the second underwent the same surgery with a variable resection length determined by a 4:1 ratio of resection length to desired elevation nomogram. Groups were matched for age (within 5 years) and sex. Pre- and postoperative photographs were measured digitally. Change in upper marginal reflex distance 1 (MRD1) and final MRD1 were the primary outcome measures. The study was powered to detect a 1 mm difference in MRD1 to a beta error of 0.95.

Results:

No significant preoperative differences between the groups were noted. No significant difference in final MRD1 (0.1 mm; p = 0.74) or change in MRD1 (0.2 mm; p = 0.52) was noted. Mean resection length to elevation ratios were 3.9:1 for standard group and 4.3:1 for the variable group (p = 0.54).

Conclusion:

The authors were not able to detect a significant difference in final MRD1 or change in MRD1 for patients undergoing Muller’s muscle conjunctival resection surgery with standard or variable resection lengths. These results tend to argue against a purely mechanical mechanism for Muller’s muscle conjunctival resection surgery.

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