Botox Effects on Eye Twitching
Few things are more irritating that an eye twitch that won’t go away. If you have never experienced eye twitching before it is a spasm of the muscles in the eyelid. It is involuntary which means that you cannot control eye twitching. The spasms generally last for a few seconds at a time and often last for a couple of minutes. Eye twitching can come and go periodically over days or weeks. The medical name for eye twitching is blepharospasm.
Generally eye twitching will go away on its own, but in some cases medical treatment may be needed. For example there is a rare condition known as benign essential blepharospasm that causes excessive and irregular blinking. This disease is a chronic disease which means that it is not going to go away. Another condition that may need medical treatment is known as hemifacial spasm which causes irregular spasms and twitching on one side of the face including the eye. Let’s look at eye twitching and the possible treatments for this condition in a little more depth.
What Causes Eye Twitching?
Most of the time eye twitching does not have a known cause. Some things have been shown to make eye twitching worse though. Some of these include caffeine, smoking and stress. Some people find that their eyes twitch more when they are tired or overworked. It can also be caused by infections of the eye or eyelid. Eye twitching can accompany medical disorders such as thyroid problems or conditions like Tourette’s syndrome .
What Treatment Options are Available for Those with Chronic Eye Twitching?
In most cases eye twitching will resolve itself in a few days or weeks. It is very rare for an eye twitch to last longer than a few weeks. While eye twitching can be an irritation it generally is painless and does not cause any serious problem or interfere with everyday life. In fact most people can continue regular activities even during periods of eye twitching since it rarely interferes with vision. However, some of the chronic conditions like hemifacial spasm or benign essential blepharospasm may need treatment. When treatment is necessary research has shown that Botox injections can relieve and alleviate the symptoms of eye twitching.
What is Botox?
Botox is the brand name for a specialized medical treatment option. It is created using a special protein that is produced by the bacteria known as clostridium botulinum bacterium, more commonly referred to as botulism. Botox is actually a powerful toxin that can stop nerve impulses from being transmitted. It is injected into specific locations near the eye and on the face to essentially paralyze the facial muscles in that area temporarily.
How Is Botox Used to Remedy Eye Twitches?
Botox is very effective at temporarily keeping a muscle from moving. When eye twitching is a problem small quantities can be injected into the upper eyelid and it has been shown to be very effective at eliminating or reducing eye twitching. It can also be used to relax facial muscles and to alleviate and lessen facial wrinkling.
During the Procedure
Botox is a fairly simple and noninvasive treatment. The injection process is relatively quick and the entire process usually lasts less than 10 minutes. The injections can be painful, many people describe the pain as being similar to a bee sting. If requested anesthetic cream can be used prior to the injection to lessen the actual discomfort during the procedure. Redness at the injection sites is also common immediately following the procedure. Treatment with Botox will not require any hospitalization or time missed from regular activities.
How Long Does the Treatment Last?
Botox isn’t a permanent solution to eliminating eye twitching, but it does work very effectively for several months. Most people that undergo Botox treatment for eye twitching start to notice the treatments effects about a week or a week and a half after treatment although some notice marked improvement in as little as three days. The full treatment effect generally takes about 2 weeks to set in. Once the full effect is achieved it will gradually start to decrease over a period of 3 to 5 months. If the eye twitching is a chronic problem additional treatments with Botox are often scheduled before the full effect wears off to keep the twitching from returning once the treatment period has lapsed.
While typical eye twitching will normally resolve itself in just a few days without treatment, some chronic eye twitching conditions may require medical intervention. In these cases Botox can be very effective in reducing or completely eliminating eye twitching.
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