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Blepharospasm

What is Blepharospasm?

Blepharospasm is an abnormal, involuntary blinking, eyelid tic, or spasm of the eyelids. Individuals with blepharospasm have normal eyes. Blepharospasm may decrease or cease while a person is sleeping or concentrating on a specific task

Individuals with blepharospasm have normal eyes. Their vision may be disturbed, but only because of the forced closure of the eyelids.

Blepharospasm is also called benign essential blepharospasm, and hemifacial spasm.

What causes Blepharospasm?

The exact cause of blepharospasm is unknown. However, it is often associated with dry eyes, Tourette's syndrome, and tardive dyskinesia.

What are the symptoms of Blepharospasm?

The most common symptoms are:

  • gradual increase in blinking or eye irritation
  • fatigue
  • sensitivity to bright light
  • facial spasms

Can Blepharospasm be Treated?

Blepharospasm can be treated but not cured. The treatments are designed to reduce its severity. Some of the treatment options are:

  • injection of medicines to paralyze muscles (like botox)
  • surgery to remove some of the muscles and nerves of the eyelids
  • acupuncture

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