As the condition progresses, this twitching can happen more often and cause your eyes to completely close. This may affect your ability to do everyday activities such as driving, reading, and working. Board-certified oculofacial plastic surgeon Dr. Caroline Vargason can help you find a treatment for blepharospasm that ensures lasting relief. 

What Is Blepharospasm?

Blepharospasm, also known as benign essential blepharospasm, is a condition in which the eyes will twitch or move involuntarily. Your face may also experience twitches. It occurs when the portion of the brain that controls your eyelid muscles stops working correctly. The exact cause of the condition is unknown, although it can run in your family and is more common in women between 40 to 60. 

There is no cure for blepharospasm, but treatments can help manage your symptoms. Depending on the severity, your treatment could include surgery or injections used every 3-4 months. 

How Is Blepharospasm Diagnosed?

If you find your eyes frequently twitching or making involuntary movements, it’s a good idea to have them examined by a doctor. Your doctor will perform a comprehensive eye exam to determine if you have blepharospasm and may ask about your family history. 

Blepharospasm Treatment

There are two primary types of treatment for blepharospasm. They include:

Injections

Botox® is an injectable treatment used along the eyelid. When injected, Botox temporarily reduces muscle activity by blocking the nerve impulses. This can help stop involuntary movements. To ensure that your results last, you should receive an injection every 3-4 months.

Surgery

If injections do not help you find relief, you may be a candidate for a surgical procedure called a myectomy. Dr. Vargason will remove a small portion of muscle or nerve tissue from your eyelids during this procedure. Surgery can provide you with longer-lasting relief from twitching.

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Benefits of Blepharospasm Treatment

Injections

  • It can be performed in under 30 minutes
  • No downtime or anesthesia required
  • Offers several months of relief 
  • Improved ability to enjoy activities

Surgery

  • Provides long-lasting relief
  • Out-patient procedure
  • Minimal recovery time
  • Improved ability to enjoy activities
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Why Choose Nava Face & Eye?

Nava Face & Eye was founded by board-certified oculofacial plastic surgeon Dr. Caroline Vargason to help deliver patient-focused care to the greater Boise community. When you work with Dr. Vargason, she assures that your needs are properly addressed from your initial consultation through your recovery. 

Dr. Vargason is a graduate of UCLA, after which she was handpicked for a prestigious 2-year fellowship at the Cincinnati Eye Institute. She gained significant experience working at Cincinnati Children’s Hospital before relocating to Idaho. Her training and experience have led her to work with patients of all ages and tackle even the most complex of cases. If you are interested in a consultation with Dr. Vargason, contact Nava Face & Eye today.

Blepharospasm FAQs

I thought Botox was used for wrinkles; how can it help me?

What are the symptoms of blepharospasm?

I thought Botox was used for wrinkles; how can it help me?

Botox is created using botulinum neurotoxin. When injected, this helps to reduce your muscle activity temporarily. This prevents the formation of new wrinkles or stops existing ones from becoming more pronounced. When used for blepharospasm, it can stop involuntary muscle movement.

What are the symptoms of blepharospasm?

The condition will usually first appear as tiny eyelid twitches that happen occasionally. This will increase over time, and twitching may cause your eyes to close completely. You may also experience facial twitches.

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