Botox® for blepharospasm
Blepharospasm (twitching of the eyelids) may be due to local irritation from corneal irregularities, dry eye, blepharitis, allergies, etc. Your physician can rule out and/or treat these conditions by a variety of means. However, once these conditions are ruled out, if the eyelids of both eyes still twitch, this is known as benign essential blepharospasm. If the eyelids and areas of the face twitch on only on side of the face, this is known as hemifacial spasm. This is often due to an abnormal proximity of a nerve inside the skull to a blood vessel which puts pressure on the nerve and stimulates it to cause unwanted muscle contractions. While surgical techniques exist for the treatment of these forms of blepharospasm, they are often best treated with Botox®, a highly tried-and-true therapy with demonstrated safety and efficacy. As opposed to cosmetic Botox® for deep wrinkles, Botox® for blepharospasm is covered by insurance.