Ventura Eye Institute, Inc.
LASIK Surgeons & Ophthalmologists located in Camarillo, CA
Botox® is a popular treatment to firm up sagging skin, but it can also be used to treat eye conditions. If you notice that your eye is constantly twitching or contracting, Botox may be an effective treatment option. Ventura Eye Institute in Camarillo, California, specializes in using Botox to treat eye conditions. To see if Botox can help your eye condition, book an appointment online or over the phone today. Ventura Eye Institute welcomes patients in the following surrounding areas: Ventura, Oxnard, Simi Valley, Thousand Oaks, Moorpark, and the greater Ventura County.
How does Botox work?
Botox uses the botulinum toxin to treat movement disorders or aesthetically alter the appearance of wrinkles and lines. It is derived from the bacteria Clostridium botulinum. The toxin prevents signals from the nerves from reaching your muscles. It basically paralyzes the muscles to stop them from seizing up or twitching.
Botox is commonly used for aesthetic purposes, such as reducing lines or wrinkles. However, it is very useful in treating muscle spasms and other conditions in and around the face. This is why it is often offered as a treatment at eye clinics, such as Ventura Eye Institute.
What eye conditions can Botox treat?
Botox can treat a variety of conditions related to your eyes, including:
- Hemifacial spasm
- Apraxia eyelid opening
- Tremors and tics
- Facial nerve synkinesis
- Eyelid retraction
- Crossed eyes
If your eye or facial muscles are acting abnormally, consult with your provider to determine if Botox can help you.
Your provider performs Botox treatments by injecting the formula into the area being treated. The effects of Botox generally last from 3-6 months. If the condition comes back after that time, you may need further treatments. Your provider will tell you how long you can expect the treatment to last.
What are the risks of using Botox for eye conditions?
There are some potential complications that can arise from using Botox to treat eye conditions. They include:
- Dry eyes
- Overall facial weakness
- Skin discoloration
Your provider will tell you about any risks that may be involved in a Botox treatment, and he will answer any questions you have.
If you’re experiencing facial spasms or involuntary eye movements, Botox may work as an effective, in-office treatment. Call or schedule a consultation online at Ventura Eye Institute today to learn more.