What is Blepharospasm?

Blepharospasm is a disorder that causes involuntary muscle spasms around your eye. Symptoms include the following:

  • blinking excessively
  • blinking uncontrollably
  • eye twitching
  • closing of your eyelids
  • dry eyes
  • watery eyes
  • irritated eyes.

This disorder may develop suddenly and can result in vision impairment as it worsens. Certain circumstances such as bright lights, emotional stress, polluted air, noise or driving can trigger or worsen symptoms. Although the spasms may subside while you are sleeping or are focused on certain tasks, the eyelids may remain closed tightly for hours as the disorder worsens. Most people with this disorder need treatment.

Medical Botox for Blepharospasm

Believe it or not, but Botox is the perfect treatment for blepharospasm. Once it is injected into the muscles around the eyes, Botox binds to nerve endings and inhibits the release of a neurotransmitter called acetylcholine, which causes a decrease in muscular contractions around the eyes. Botox blocks signals from the nerves to the muscles.

While many of us have only heard about Botox mentioned as a means for celebrities to remain looking youthful, Botox has been used to treat blepharospasm since 1989. A drug made from a neurotoxin called botulinum toxin, Botox is also used to treat over 20 different medical conditions such as migraines, vocal chord dysfunction, excessive sweating and even teeth grinding.

Professionals like Dr. Keith Carlson at Claris Eye Care & Surgery know what a powerful tool Botox is for treating conditions such as blepharospasm. Many people hear the word “Botox” and immediately think they will get infected with a fatal case of botulism. Although the same neurotoxin causes botulism, the amount used for medical and cosmetic treatment is extremely small and is diluted with saline. Once the Botox is injected, patients will see results in one to three days. Side effects may include redness, bruising, infection and pain at the injection site.

Serving the Twin Cities since 2009, Claris Eye Care & Surgery has many years of experience taking care of patients with blepharospasm. One patient remarked that Dr. Carlson took the time to explain the procedure and his expertise surpassed all other ophthalmologists she had seen for her condition. Another patient shared that her blepharospasm had subsided since her treatment and her quality of life had improved.

Other Procedures and Treatments

In addition to treatment for blepharospasm, Claris Eye Care & Surgery offers their patients a wide variety of medical and cosmetic procedures, treatments and products, including the following:

◦ Blepharitis & OCuSOFT

◦ PRN: Physician Recommended Nutriceuticals

◦ Oasis Tears

◦ Focus Supplements + Vitamins

Claris is committed to serving the Twin Cities and providing the best care and service in the area. With same-day appointments, limited wait time for patients, advanced clinical technology, use of electronic medical records and prompt communication with patients, Claris Eye Care & Surgery is doing everything it can to put the patient first. If you are suffering from the effects of blepharospasm, call Claris for a consultation today to learn more about medical Botox for blepharospasm. Call us today at 612-775-8009 or email any questions to! Our team is excited to help you live a brighter, healthier life!

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