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Blepharospasm is a focal dystonia causing uncontrolled blinking and squeezing of the eyelids. Blepharospasm can lead to blindness and disability since the patients affected with this malady simply cannot open their eyelids in order to see. For the last 25 years, blepharospasm has been treated primarily with Botox injections. Botox is a brand of botulinum toxin which reversibly paralyzes the muscles around the eye which cause the blinking to occur. Botox has proven to be a safe and effective treatment for blepharospasm and the vast majority of patients with blepharospasm benefit greatly from this therapy.

People with blepharospasm need to have repeated injections of Botox. Some patients need injections every month. Some people need injections every few months. Dr. Long has been injecting Botox for the treatment of blepharospasm for 25 years. He understands that individualization of the dose, location, and frequency of treatment is vital for the effective and ongoing treatment of blepharospasm. Dr. Long has recently published a paper concerning the efficacy of high dose versus low dose botulinum toxin for use in blepharospasm patients. Blepharospasm continues to be an area of research interest.

The effectiveness of Botox injection is dependent on both the severity of the disease and the skill and experience of the physician administering the Botox. As an oculoplastic surgeon, Dr. Long has a long list of patients that he has helped over many, many years. Happy patients are a priority for Dr. Long.

Since blepharospasm is a chronic disease and requires repeated visits to the doctor’s office, Dr. Long has strived to make visits to his office as well as the injections of the Botox as painless as possible. We offer free covered parking with easy access to the building along with high concentration Botox injections which have been found to minimize the pain of injection. If you need Botox injections for the treatment of blepharospasm you are encouraged to make an appointment with Dr. Long.