Botulinum Toxin Injections
Botulinum toxin injections, otherwise known as Botox, are not just used for cosmetic purposes. In fact, Botox was first developed and manufactured by an ophthalmologist almost four decades ago in order to treat a patient with double vision. Therefore, ophthalmologists have also been using Botox to treat patients longer than any other medical physician.
How does it work?
Botox works by blocking signals from the nerve to the muscles. When injected into the eye muscles, it reduces their movement and can be very effective in aligning in the eyes. They can also be injected for eye spasms and can help with overactive blinking.
Additionally, botulinum toxin injections can be used as a treatment option for the following conditions in ophthalmology, including:
- Hemifacial spasm
- Spastic and congenital entropion
- Corneal exposure
- Persistent epithelial defects