Submitted by Dr. Dean Dornic on Sat 03/07/2009 - 09:31
Speaking of newer cosmetic uses of drugs, many readers may not be aware that the some of the original uses ofBotox also were in ophthalmology. The muscle paralyzing properties were and continue to be used inblepharospasm, a benign but very disturbing forceful lid closing condition. Patients who suffer fromblepharospasm experience uncontrolled forceful lid closure/spasms that can be quite debilitating. The injection ofbotox in and around the eyelids can give relief for approximately 6 months. Now the most common use of Botoxis the relaxation of facial wrinkles. Newer indications continue to evolve and Botox has been used for relief of other muscle spasms and contractions, strabismus, severe sweating (hyperhidrosis), and headaches.