Is Botox the Answer to Blepharospasm?
Twitching eyelids sound like an awful problem to have. Unless you are affected by blepharospasm, you may envision this condition as a mild twitch now and again, like you may have experienced during a time of fatigue. This isn’t the entire picture. Some people whose eyes twitch due to muscle spasms are stopped in their tracks – for hours on end. Not only unpleasant but downright frightening. If twitching eyelids, closure or even a downward-pulled brow are concerns that you face, consider what may help you get back into the game of life.
A Problem without Proper Cause
In some cases, blepharospasm can be attributed to a health condition, such as Tourette’s syndrome or even something as simple as dry eyes. However, the majority of cases point to no proper cause. We simply do not know what causes the muscles to fire unexpectedly. Primary blepharospasm cannot be cured, but it can be treated. Finding suitable treatment is necessary to improve the quality of life, and we are here to help you.
There may be a few different ways to manage blepharospasm. As we have discussed, it may be possible to minimize eye twitching by identifying and avoiding triggers, such as caffeine. Stress reduction is another common recommendation that doctors make for patients with incessant twitching of the eyelid. However, stress management can take time and practice. For that reason, specific medical treatment may occur simultaneously to that. Medical treatment for blepharospasm may include:
- Botox. This injectable muscle relaxing solution is not just a cosmetic miracle; it is also a valuable therapeutic tool for the treatment of muscular disorders such as blepharospasm. Botox is successful in approximately 90% of cases. Treatment takes only a few minutes and causes minimal side effects only. These may include temporary double-vision or blurriness, drooping of the eyelid, and dry eyes. Soothing eye drops can minimize this side-effect.
- If Botox does not produce the desired outcome, oral medication may be the second-line treatment for blepharospasm. Medications such as Valium or Artane have been prescribed by physicians to minimize twitching, but with varying degrees of success.
- When non-surgical treatments do not reach the objective of soothing eye-twitching (this is rare), surgery may be performed to modify or remove the muscles that are responsible for blepharospasm.
Dr. Fante has a great deal of experience treating blepharospasm with Botox injections. To learn more about this condition and potential treatments, call (303) 839-1616.