Blepharospasm in Philadelphia

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While there is no cure for blepharospasm, our highly skilled reconstructive plastic surgeons can help you reduce the presence of blepharospasm symptoms with corrective eyelid surgery.

Blepharospasm, or involuntary blinking, is a condition that occurs when you experience abnormal and uncontrollable blinking or twitching of the eyelid.

Generally patients with blepharospasm have normal vision and eyes that function properly, but there is a visual disturbance caused by involuntary sustained muscle contractions of the eyelids. For most patients, blepharospasm is a relatively nonthreatening condition and is diagnosed as “benign essential blepharospasm.” Sometimes however, blepharospasm can be a symptom of another more serious problem rather than an isolated condition. Seeking a professional evaluation can help you determine what actions to take.

Symptoms of blepharospasm include:

  • Increased blinking
  • Dry or watering eyes
  • Sensitivity to light
  • Eye pain and soreness
  • Irritation and discomfort of the eyelids
  • Frequent eye movements

Although the condition in not life threatening, it often progresses over time prompting patients to seek treatment for its symptoms.

If your blepharospasm is impairing your vision, you may have trouble driving, reading, watching television or performing work duties. Though the condition is incurable and the cause is unknown, fortunately there are still treatment options to help alleviate symptoms. These include:

  • The use of glasses or eye patches
  • Oral medications
  • Non surgical therapy such Botox injections
  • Eyelid surgery

Generally if you have already tried oral medications and injections without satisfactory results, eyelid surgery will be your final option. Known as myectomy surgery, this procedure can deliver effective results for reducing blepharospasm symptoms.

At the Morgenstern Center for Orbital and Facial Plastic Surgery, our accredited plastic surgeons provide unparalleled care for patients undergoing eyelid surgery for medical reasons. With years of experience performing a range of corrective and reconstructive eye surgeries, we know how to help you get the best results with safest and most cutting edge procedures available.

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