What is a Blepharospasm?
Blepharospasm is a disease in which there is repeated and uncontrollable muscle contraction around the eyes and eyebrows. Blepharospasm does not occur during sleep and is often exacerbated by stress, dry eyes, and bright lights. Blepharospasm can be disabling and was the original reason that Botulinum toxin (Botox) was developed in the 1980’s.
Blepharospasm can be treated with Botox. Botox is a medicine that can reduce involuntary muscle spasms around the eyelids and eyebrows. Botox is administered in the office in small amounts through tiny injections. Typically, no anesthetic is necessary, and for this purpose, Botox treatment is usually covered by health insurance.
How long do results from Blepharospasm treatment last?
The “muscle relaxant” effect of the Botox lasts about three to four months and can be repeated as needed. Rarely, surgery is needed when Botox no longer works. Dr. Fante’s research on treatment of Blepharospasm has been published in the peer-reviewed medical literature. He has performed tens of thousands of Botox injections.
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If you are experiencing symptoms of blepharospasm, contact Fante Eye & Face Center! Call (303) 839-1616 to schedule a consultation with facial plastic surgeon Dr. Robert Fante. Our practice serves Denver, Boulder, and surrounding areas in Colorado.