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Blepharospasm

Blepharospasm, or benign essential blepharospasm (BEB), is a rare neurologic condition characterized by sustained, involuntary closure of the eyes. The exact cause is unknown. It affects more woman than men. In its extreme form it can result in the patient being functionally blind because the eyes involuntarily clamp down. In less extreme forms, it may result in frequent blinking, sensitivity to light, fluttering of the eyelids and difficult seeing. BEB can be treated with oral medications with some improvement but possible side effects. Occasionally surgery is indicated. A very common, successful treatment is with botulinum toxin (i.e. Botox®, Xeomin®) injections around the eyes. These injections are performed in the office with minimal discomfort, no downtime, and are covered by insurance. Results typically last three to five months, depending on the patient and the severity of symptoms. Board-certified, fellowship trained oculoplastic surgeon, Katherine J. Zamecki, MD, FACS, has examined and treated hundreds of patients with BEB.

Often treatment of blepharospasm may be covered by your insurance. Call 203-791-2020 to schedule your blepharospasm evaluation with Katherine J. Zamecki, MD, FACS.