Blepharospasm (Eye Twitch) Treatment in Des Plaines, IL
Blepharospasm is the medical term for eye twitching. This is when the eyelid involuntarily moves, sometimes rapidly. A typical eye twitch lasts just a few moments and can range from something that's barely felt to the eyelid completely opening and closing. This is a type of muscle spasm. For most people, the occasional blepharospasm is no cause for concern. Sometimes, however, it may indicate a more serious medical problem.
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A blepharospasm occurs when the eyelid twitches involuntarily. For most people, a few eye twitches a day is completely benign. Common, harmless eye twitches can be sourced to:
- Caffeine intake
- Eye irritation
- Excessive light exposure
In other situations, however, a blepharospasm may indicate a serious eye health conditions. Conditions that have blepharospasms as a symptom include:
The lists above represent just a small portion of the many reasons a person may suffer from an eye twitch.
For most people, the only symptom of a blepharospasm is the eye twitch itself. Others deal with a more debilitating set of side effects. These can include:
- Light sensitivity
- Excessive blinking
- Extremely dry eyes
In extreme cases of blepharospasm, it's possible to suffer from twitches that last several hours. This leads to extreme discomfort, insomnia, fatigue and more.
People often wonder when it's time to seek treatment for blepharospasms. There is no easy answer to that question. Instead, it's best to meet with a doctor if you feel eye twitches are negatively affecting your quality of life.
If the eye twitches are benign or infrequent, no treatment is necessary. If the blepharospasms are regularly interfering with everyday life, however, many treatment options are available. These treatment options vary depending on the severity of the spasms. For mild eye twitches, less- or non-invasive methods can be used. For severe blepharospasm, however, surgery may be necessary.
Potential blepharospasm treatment often include:
- Medicines such as muscle relaxers and tranquilizers. These options work by reducing muscle function in the eyelids.
- Similarly, many people receive blepharospasm treatment in the form of injected botulinum toxin. Often used under the trade names BOTOX or Dysport, this treatment is injected directly in to the muscle to stop spasms.
- In extreme cases, surgery can be used to stop frequent blepharospasm. In these cases the most common procedure is protractor myectomy, in which the muscles that control the eyelids are removed or altered surgically.
Request Blepharospasm Information Now
For most people, eye twitches are simply a nuisance. In other cases, blepharospasm can lead to extreme discomfort and pain. Thankfully, many treatment options are available. Request more information now: call (847) 824-3127 or contact Dr. James Katz online.
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