Blepharospasm is a neurological disorder causing a loss of control of the muscles around the eye resulting in a twitch or spasm or an involuntary extended closure of the eyelid longer than the typical blink, sometimes lasting minutes or hours. The severity and frequency of the symptoms can increase over a period of years. Spasms may spread to the facial and neck muscles with the progression of the condition.
Although emotional tension, fatigue, and/or sensitivity to light are thought to contribute to its onset, there are usually no warning signs. There is no cure for Blepharospasm, but Botox is known to help relieve its symptoms. Another treatment option is the removal of certain muscles and nerves of the eyelids through surgery.
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