Can Botox injections help with blepharospasm?

Botox is a medication that has been used While most patients think of Botox as a cosmetic injectable used by plastic surgeons and dermatologists to smooth fine lines and wrinkles of the face, it also plays a part in many areas of medicine. to treat chronic migraines, overactive bladder, and excessive sweating. Additionally, it can be used for patients who suffer from blepharospasms to treat and reduce blinking and twitching of the eye associated with this condition.

What are blepharospasms?

Patients who experience involuntary spasms of the muscles surrounding the eye, including blinking, narrowing, and eyelid closing, may be dealing with a condition called blepharospasms. Blepharospasms are often harmless, though they can contribute to other inconveniences including dry eyes, light sensitivity, or ocular pain. In situations like this, it may be time to speak to an ophthalmologist about the benefits of treatment with Botox injections.

How does Botox work?

Botox is a medication formulated with botulinum toxin type A which works by reducing muscle contractions in the muscles in which it is injected. When the muscles of the eye involuntarily spasms and tightening, it causes blepharospasms. By injecting Botox into the muscles of the eye, patients can reduce the severity of their condition and in turn, reduce the symptoms they experience.

Who is a candidate for Botox injections?

Dr. Steve Thom of Fargo, ND will evaluate a patient and determine the severity of their condition to decide if a patient is a good fit for Botox injections. He will spend time talking to patients about what they can expect from Botox injections and how long the results will last. Patients will need to have continued injections to maintain the results, typically every 6-9 months. Additionally, patients can speak to their doctor about other uses for Botox at our practice, including chronic migraines.

Contact Thom Eye and Laser Clinic of Fargo, ND today to discuss the advantages of treating blepharospasms with Botox injections

Call (701) 235-5200 to request a consultation visit with Dr. Steve Thom to learn more about how Botox injections can help with blepharospasms and provide an effective solution for eye twitching and spasms in adults.

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