Blepharospasms are more than irritating

    12:35 AM, Jul 7, 2011   |    comments
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    Linda Stogsdill was having trouble reading and couldn't keep her eyes open. They would just close. Doctor after doctor told her she suffered from Dry Eye.

    "I kept going for probably 5 or 6 years and was finally diagnosed with Blepharospasms, which that's just where your eye closes. If you're concentrating on anything, if you're trying to read, you can't keep your eyes open," she says.

    There were times Linda had to go to extremes to do day to day activities. "I had to hold my eye open to even keep it open, to read or to drive, did very little driving." Brock says "Her eyelids would spasm and then they would close and then she would have to use her fingers or tape or something to get them open so she could see better."

    "She did have Blepharospasm," says Brock, "Which is uncontrolled spasm of the eyelids but in addition to that she had Tosis, which is can be considered a droopy eyelid. And she also had excess skin on the eyelids weighting them down."

    Brock treated the Blepharospasm with Botox which will stop the spasms for three months, and then she has to return for more Botox. But for the droopy eyelid and excess skin around her eye, he removed the excess skin and put the eyelid back where it belonged.

    Brock says he doesn't see many cases of Blepharospasm. "It's a pretty uncommon condition. "It's estimated that 5 in 100,000 patients will have it. I suspect it's a higher prevalence than that, but it's still pretty uncommon."

    Linda says she's grateful she finally got an answer to her problem and thinks some people just suffer through it, never seeking help.

    "I think it's very important that people know that there is hope, that there can be something done about the problem. You don't have to live with it."

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