Purpose: We present a new technique of anchoring the eyeball to the nasal periosteum using a nonabsorbable suture in acquired isolated third-nerve paresis.Methods: This was a case series of 4 consecutive adult subjects with isolated third-nerve paresis. After a 12-mm lateral rectus muscle recession in all 4 subjects, we passed 5-O double-armed polyester (NW683 Ethibond; Ethicon, Division of Johnson and Johnson Ltd., Aurangabad, India) on spatulated needles through the periosteum overlying the anterior lacrimal crest (exposed as in a Dacryocystorhinostomy procedure) at its superior part. The needles were brought anterior to the medial rectus muscle insertion and tightened enough to align the eye in 8-10 prism diopters adducted position. Results: Ocular alignment in the primary gaze was satisfactory at 6-12 months of follow up. Conclusions: The use of a nonabsorbable polyester suture to anchor the globe to the nasal periosteum is an additional technique that holds promise to align the eyes in the primary gaze.
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Pediatrics, Perinatology, and Child Health