To investigate the outcomes for correction of involutional lower eyelid entropion by wedge resection of the tarsus combined with the modified Hotz procedure.
Patients with lower eyelid involutional entropion that was surgically repaired by wedge resection of the tarsal plate combined with the modified Hotz procedure.
In a consecutive series of 43 patients with involutional lower eyelid entropion, wedge resection combined with the modified Hotz procedure was performed with an average follow-up period of 29.6 months (range, 6-62 months).
Among the patients, 93% had an excellent outcome within the follow-up period. For one patient, the outcome of both eyes was poor. For another patient, incision dehiscence of the eyelid margin in one eye occurred after the stitches were removed. The incision was sutured again, and it healed well. One patient complained of foreign body sensation in one eye after removal of the skin stitches. The complaint was resolved after wearing a corneal contact lens. No other significant complications occurred.
In our clinic, tarsal plate wedge resection combined with the modified Hotz procedure has been highly effective for correction of involutional lower eyelid entropion. Although this approach does not directly address lateral canthal tendon laxity, it does preserve the eyelid in case there is a future need for reconstruction due to ocular surface disease or trauma. Thus, wedge resection of the tarsal plate combined with modified Hotz procedure is a safe and effective method for involutional lower eyelid entropion.