Blepharospasm is a neurological condition characterized by forcible closure of the eyelids. Blepharo means “eyelid”. Spasm means “uncontrolled muscle contraction”.
The term blepharospasm [‘blef-a-ro-spaz-m] can be applied to any abnormal blinking or eyelid tic or twitch resulting from any cause, ranging from dry eyes to Tourette’s syndrome to tardive dyskinesia.
Your surgeon will mark and measure the amount of tissue to be removed. Your eyes and lids will then be numbed and prepped for eyelid surgery. The measured amount of tissue will be excised, and then the incision will be sewn back together. The surgery takes about 1 hour.
You will be taken to the recovery area and icepacks placed on your eyes. You will be given an antibiotic ointment to use during the healing process. Your eyelids will be swollen for a few days, and you may have bruising for a few weeks.
Your results will astound you as you look and feel more rested and are able to see much better in just a matter of days!
The basal ganglion is the part of the brain responsible for controlling the muscles. Blepharospasm is associated with the abnormal functioning of the basal ganglion due to unknown reasons. In rare cases, heredity is known to play a role in the development of blepharospasm.
Blepharospasm can be diagnosed when symptoms are displayed during a comprehensive eye exam.
BOTOX® injections to treat blepharospasm have proven effective in partially blocking the nerve impulses to the tiny muscles in the eyelid.