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Modification of the Lazy-T Procedure for Correction of Punctal Ectropion

Ishikawa, Eri, MD; Takahashi, Yasuhiro, MD, PhD; Kakizaki, Hirohiko, MD, PhD

doi: 10.1097/SCS.0000000000004722
Technical Strategies

The Lazy-T procedure is used to correct moderate-to-severe punctal ectropion in the lower eyelid. It includes full-thickness wedge resection of the medial lower eyelid and horizontal tarso-conjunctival diamond excision inferior to the lower punctum. However, the skin wound vertical to the relaxed skin tension lines is often conspicuous and horizontal excision of a part of the tarsus may impair function of the meibomian gland. In this study, the authors developed a modified Lazy-T procedure, which includes subciliary incision, pentagonal tarso-conjunctival resection, and medial spindle excision for submerging the vertical wound after suturing the pentagonal tarso-conjunctival resection under the skin flap and minimizing damage to the tarsus. The modified Lazy-T procedure was applied in 4 eyelids of 3 patients and achieved good anatomical results with cosmetically acceptable postoperative appearances and no remarkable complication.

Department of Oculoplastic, Orbital, and Lacrimal Surgery, Aichi Medical University Hospital, Nagakute, Japan.

Address correspondence and reprint requests to Yasuhiro Takahashi, MD, PhD, Department of Oculoplastic, Orbital, and Lacrimal Surgery, Aichi Medical University Hospital, 1-1 Yazakokarimata, Nagakute, Aichi 480-1195, Japan; E-mail: yasuhiro_tak@yahoo.co.jp

Received 17 April, 2018

Accepted 12 May, 2018

The authors report no conflicts of interest.

© 2019 by Mutaz B. Habal, MD.