Blepharospasm


Blepharospasm refers to involuntary contraction of eyelids. Eyelid closure are intermittent and of short duration. Spasms of eyelids may get triggered by light, wind, pollution, stress, etc. Here, you can also facial grimacing. These symptoms can occur as a part of Meige syndrome, which is more common in women, and commonly affects people between the ages of 40 and 70 years.

There is no specific test for diagnosis, and it is made on the basis of clinical characteristics.

The treatment of choice is botox (botulinum injections), which need to be repeated every 3-6 months. Some patients may respond to medications such as trihexiphenidyl, clonazepam or baclofen.

Published by Dr Sudhir Kumar MD (Medicine) DM (Neurology)

I am a doctor with 25 years experience. I have worked as a neurologist for about 20 years. Educating public and healthcare professionals is very dear to me. This is possible due to my interactions with thousands of patients and their caregivers. I salute the patients who suffer and it is our duty to minimise suffering by preventing diseases and ensuring prompt diagnosis and treatment of those already affected.

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