Blepharospasm (also known as benign essential blepharospasm or hemifacial spasm) is an abnormal, involuntary blinking or spasm of the eyelids associated with an abnormal function of the basal ganglion from an unknown cause. The basal ganglion is the part of the brain responsible for controlling eye muscles. In rare cases, heredity may play a role in the development of blepharospasm.

Causes of Blepharospasm

Most people develop blepharospasm without any warning symptoms. It may begin with:

  • Gradual increase in blinking or eye irritation
  • Fatigue
  • Emotional tension
  • Sensitivity to bright light

As the condition progresses, the symptoms become more frequent and facial spasms may develop. Blepharospasm may decrease or cease while a person is sleeping or concentrating on a specific task.

Treatment for Blepharospasm

BOTOX is a treatment frequently used to reduce facial spasms. When strategically injected into specific muscles, it can relax the eyelid muscles and reduce eyelid twitching.

If you are experiencing facial spasms in Olympia, Washington, contact us today to schedule a consultation to find out if BOTOX treatment might alleviate your symptoms.

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