Eyelid Spasms with Botox Treatment
Our September 2016 blog series focused on oculoplastics, otherwise known as treatment of the eyelids and the surrounding facial areas. We wanted to expand the topic and discuss a relatively common condition called blepharospasm, or eyelid spasms, and how Botox can help.
Blepharospasm is the involuntary blinking or movement of the eyelids. Though it’s not fully understood, this condition is associated with the part of the brain responsible for muscle control. Heredity may actually play a role in blepharospasm as well. The condition generally appears without any warning and symptoms include increased blinking, eye irritation, and bright light sensitivity.
It’s important to have an eye exam if you are experiencing blepharospasm for more than a week; if your eyes are red, swollen, or have discharge; if your eyelids are drooping; or if you’re experiencing spasms anywhere else on your face (hemifacial spasms). Minor eye spasms generally disappear on their own by reducing stress and caffeine intake, not smoking, and getting plenty of sleep. More severe cases are commonly treated with Botox injections to relax the eyelid muscles and reduce the spasms.
Eyelid spasms may indicate other eye conditions, such as blepharitis, dry eye, and glaucoma. In rare situations, blepharospasm and hemifacial spasms may signify a neurological condition like multiple sclerosis, Bell’s palsy, or dystonia.
If you’d like to schedule a consultation for blepharospasm, Botox, or other eyelid services with Dr. Mark Kropinak, our oculoplastics specialist, please give us a call or use our online contact form. Dr. Kropinak is an ophthalmologist with a fellowship in oculoplastics surgery. In addition to an examination, he will listen to your concerns and create a customized plan for your unique needs.
~The Ludwick Eye Center Team