Botox – not just for Wrinkles

Botox is widely advertised for the reduction of stubborn wrinkles on your forehead and a more youthful look in general. One way that I use Botox in a more medical way is to treat Blepharospasms – spasms in the eyelid muscle. Although, Blepharospams are not very common, they affect the daily lives of many people.

A Blepharospasm is a neurological disorder characterized by involuntary muscle contractions and spasms of the eyelid muscles. Blepharospasms are a movement disorder in the eyelid that can cause uncontrollable twitching or repetitive movements as well as long term closure of the eyelid. This disease can be found in both men and women although is more common in women who are middle-aged or elderly. This rare disease is not very common and only affects about 1 in every 20,000 people in the United States. In early stages symptoms of Blepharospasms include dry or watering eyes, light sensitivity, increased blinking, ocular pain and soreness. The cause of Blepharospasms is still unknown. Without treatment, very few cases get better by themselves.

When you experience any type of muscle spasms it is due to nerve cells that are sending signals directly to the muscles causing them to contract and release involuntarily. Botox is a neurotoxin that has been the principle treatment Blepharospasms since it was approved by the FDA in 1989. When the Botox is injected directly into the affected muscle that is causing the eyelid to contract, the neurotoxin relieves the muscle spasm.

Generally after the injection, you start to see improvements within the first 3 days, maximum results at about 1-2 weeks. Results last about 3 – 6 months and treatment can be repeated as needed. Surprisingly, Botox can be covered by most insurance companies and will be determined after a complimentary consultation if it is deemed medically necessary for the injection.

If you feel as if you are experiencing the symptoms of Blepharospasms and it is affecting your vision and daily life please contact me for a complimentary consultation! 404.256.1500