Eye Twitching (Blepharospasm)

Blepharospasm is a medical condition characterised by involuntary, repetitive contractions or twitching of the eyelid muscles, which can cause the eyelids to close uncontrollably. The condition can affect one or both eyes and can be intermittent or continuous. In severe cases, blepharospasm can interfere with a person’s ability to see, drive, read, or perform other everyday tasks. The cause of blepharospasm is not fully understood, but it is believed to be related to abnormalities in the basal ganglia of the brain, which is responsible for controlling movement. Treatment options for blepharospasm include injections of botulinum toxin (Botox).


Other Factors To Consider

In addition to involuntary eyelid twitching, there are several other factors to consider with blepharospasm. Some of these include:


Age: Blepharospasm most commonly affects people over the age of 50, but it can occur at any age.


Gender: Women are more likely than men to develop blepharospasm.

Family history: There may be a genetic component to blepharospasm, as it tends to run in families.


Environmental factors: Certain environmental factors, such as bright or flickering lights, stress, or fatigue, may trigger or worsen blepharospasm symptoms.


Associated conditions: Blepharospasm is sometimes associated with other medical conditions, such as dry eye syndrome, facial nerve disorders, or Parkinson’s disease.


Impact on quality of life: Blepharospasm can significantly impact a person’s quality of life, causing social isolation, depression, and anxiety.


How Can Botox Help With Blepharospasm

Botox, which is a purified form of botulinum toxin, can be an effective treatment option for blepharospasm. Botox works by blocking the nerve signals that cause the eyelid muscles to contract uncontrollably, thereby reducing the severity and frequency of the spasms.


During a Botox treatment for blepharospasm, a small amount of the toxin is injected into the affected eyelid muscles using a fine needle. The injection is performed topical numbing cream applied to the eyelid, and the procedure typically takes only a few minutes to complete.


The effects of Botox usually last for several months, after which the injections will need to be repeated to maintain the results. Botox injections can be a very effective treatment for blepharospasm, with studies showing that over 90% of patients experience significant improvement in their symptoms.


Who Will Perform My Treatment?


Botox injections for blepharospasm is performed by a Doctor who has years of experience and trained in ophthalmology, who has received specialised training in administering the treatment. These professionals are known as injectors, and have a thorough understanding of facial anatomy and the injection technique to ensure that the treatment is safe and effective.