Blepharospasm Therapy

Blepharospasm is a medical condition characterized by involuntary muscle contractions or spasms of the eyelid muscles.

In individuals with blepharospasm, the spasms typically cause uncontrollable blinking or closure of the eyelids. 

Blepharospasm is considered a type of focal dystonia, which refers to a group of movement disorders characterized by involuntary muscle contractions.

Botox® is an FDA (Food and Drug Administration) approved injectable neuromodulator derived from the bacterium Clostridium botulinum, which has been used for years to treat eye muscles spasms.

The following symptoms of blepharospasm can significantly impact a person’s quality of life, as they can interfere with daily activities such as reading, driving, and social interactions:

  • Eyelid twitching: Uncontrolled and repetitive blinking or twitching of one or both eyelids.
  • Spasms can range in severity, from mild twitches to complete closure of the eyelids, leading to functional blindness
  • The condition can affect one or both eyes and may be intermittent or persistent. Also, one eye maybe affected more than the other
  • Sensitivity to light: People with blepharospasm may become more sensitive to bright light or experience discomfort in brightly lit environments.
  • Eye irritation: Due to the repeated spasms and blinking, the eyes may become dry, red, or irritated.
  • Eye fatigue: The constant contractions and abnormal movements can cause fatigue in the eye muscles, leading to a feeling of eye strain or tiredness.
  • Blurred vision: In some cases, the involuntary eyelid movements can cause intermittent or temporary blurred vision.
  • Emotional distress: The condition can cause emotional distress and frustration due to its impact on visual function and quality of life.
  • Functional impairment: Severe cases of blepharospasm can significantly interfere with daily activities such as reading, driving, or watching television.

Botox® (Botulinum Toxin) Injections:

Botulinum toxin, commonly known as Botox®, is the primary treatment for blepharospasm. Injecting small amounts of Botox® into the affected muscles helps temporarily paralyze them, reducing the spasms. The effects of Botox® typically last for several months, after which repeat injections may be necessary.

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While there is no known cure for blepharospasm, Chicago Eyelid can help manage blepharospasm symptoms effectively with botulinum toxin injections (Botox®)

Dr. Sheila Shifrin has experience and expertise in Botox® injections and will help you make an informed decision about this treatment.

If you’re interested in receiving blepharospasm therapy click here and let Dr. Sheila Shifrin guide you on all available solutions. Call us now to schedule your appointment.

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A full eye exam is required to ensure that the right treatment is given and that there are no cancerous or tumorous growths causing the eye to twitch. An MRI is done on the brain.

You will start witnessing effects of Botox® after a few days. However, full effects happen within two weeks.

The results will last for 3 to 4 months on average, after which you will need additional injections. This therapy is not a permanent solution.

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