Eyelid and Facial Spasms
There are several different kinds of eyelid and facial spasms. Two common types are blepharospasm and hemifacial spasm.
Blepharospasm is an involuntary condition usually involving both eyes that starts with an increased blink rate. In severe cases it may cause uncontrolled closing of the eyes.
Hemifacial spasm is a condition that causes involuntary contraction of the muscles on one side of the face. This can begin as mild facial twitching, however it may lead to cosmetic concerns and decreased 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.