Eyelid and Facial Spasms
There are several different kinds of eyelid and facial spasms. Two common types are blepharospasm and hemifacial spasm.
A blepharospasm is an involuntary condition involving both eyes that starts with an increased blink rate. This eventually leads to closing the eyes as well as squeezing the muscles around them.
A hemifacial spasm is a condition that causes the muscles on one side of the face to contract. This may develop gradually. While it is mild, the spasm can be considered just a minor inconvenience, but in more severe cases can be debilitating and interfere with vision. Some patients with hemifacial spasm also complain of a clicking sound in the ear on the affected side each time there is a spasm. The cause of this is usually thought to be an abnormality in the nerve to the facial muscles.
Both of these conditions are most commonly treated with Botox injections, which work by blocking impulses from the nerve to the facial muscle to relax the underlying muscle activity. Treatment generally last 3 months and is repeated for lasting relief.
What Happens Next
If you are suffering from these symptoms, schedule your consultation with Dr. Kropinak using our online form or by calling one of our offices in Hagerstown, Chambersburg, or Waynesboro. During this visit, he will listen to your concerns and create a customized procedure plan tailored to your needs.