Botox has become extremely popular around the country for its ability to relax the muscles that cause unwanted wrinkles on the face. While this is definitely an exciting benefit, Botox also offers relief for major eye and vision conditions like blepharospasm, crossed eyes, and blurred vision. If one of these eye problems has been plaguing you, Botox could offer the perfect solution.
As the name suggests, blepharospasm is an eye condition that causes the muscles around the eye to involuntarily spasm. This type of uncontrolled movement causes frequent blinking and may lead the eyelid to narrow or even close over time. Though not as blatantly painful or dangerous as other conditions, blepharospasm is nevertheless a frustrating condition that is very difficult to live with. Fortunately, a simple injection of Botox can treat blepharospasm by blocking signals from the nerves that would normally tell those muscles to contract. With less muscle contractions come less eye spasms! Most patients experience results within three days that last at least three months.
Believe it or not, Botox has been used to resolve strabismus, or crossed eyes, for longer than it has been used to reverse wrinkles. Each eye contains six muscles, two of which are responsible for moving the eye from side to side. When one muscle is stronger or weaker than the other, the eye ends up pulled to one side. A Botox injection into the stronger muscle helps to relax it and give the weaker muscle a chance to rehabilitate. Eye doctors have utilized this method since the 1970s to help children and adults alike overcome their crossed eyes.
Resolving strabismus is a huge accomplishment, since crossed eyes can cause many additional vision problems. Many people with strabismus experience double vision (diplopia), depth perception inconsistencies, and vision loss. By resolving these issues, Botox can be truly life changing.
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