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Eyelid Spasms

There are three common types of eyelid spasms:

  • Eyelid twitch (tic)
  • Bepharospasm and
  • Hemifacial spasm

Eyelid twitch

Eyelid twitch or tic in one part of a lid.

It most often subsides without treatment.


Benign essential blepharospasm, involving both eyes which close involuntarily and for varying periods, is caused by abnormal nerve impulses. Benign because it does not affect anywhere else and essential because the cause is unknown.

Currently the best treatment is with botulinum toxin (Botox) injections, repeated on average every 3 months.

Hemifacial Spasm

Hemifacial spasm affects one side of the face. Most commonly symptoms begin near the eye and progress downwards. It is thought to be the result of an artery pressing on the facial nerve at the base of the brain.

Botulinum toxin (Botox) injections, repeated on average every 6 months, are the best treatment. Neurosurgery procedure or oral medications may offer some relief.


Consultations can be scheduled by calling between 8 am and 4 pm daily. Your time and your concerns are important to us and we always endeavor to provide punctual, courteous service.

Many of our patients are sent to us by referring doctors for a consultation, and we strive to promptly report our findings and recommendations. It is helpful if medications, x-rays or other tests related to your condition are brought with you to your appointment.

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