Blepharospasm usually starts with occasional eye twitches or blinking that you can't control. Over time those occasional blinks or twitches become more and more common. For some people it can become so common it makes everyday things like reading or driving difficult, if not impossible. These twitches are sometimes caused by muscle spasms around your eyes.
Women age 40-60 are affected more by Blepharospasm than men and it can run in families. Botox injections are the standard of care.
Symptoms besides twitching:
Dry or watery eyes
High levels of caffeine
Lack of sleep
Neurologic condition such as Parkinson's disease
Botox isn't only for cosmetic purposes, annoying or incapacitating twitches and blinking can be diminished for a period of time. Botox is purified of its bacterial substances and creates a neurotoxin administered in small doses into affected areas. This has been an FDA approved treatment for blepharospasms for over 25 years. The Botox injection can weaken the contractions and block the nerve signals sent to and from the muscles surrounding the eye. When administered, Botox targets the nerves and muscles through multiple injection sites in the eye and eyebrow. Symptoms may begin to lessen in as little as 1-2 days, with the greatest improvement at about 2 weeks post-treatment.
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