Facial Movement Disorders


Facial movement disorders are conditions that cause involuntary spasm of the facial muscles. Depending on which muscles are affected, these conditions can cause serious impairment to vision.

Facial movement disorders that impair vision include blepharospasm, an involuntary blinking or spasm of the eyelids, and hemifacial spasm, an involuntary contraction of the muscles on one side of the face.

An approved treatment of facial movement disorders is the injection of botulinum toxin, commonly known as Botox, which paralyses the affected muscles, causing the spasm to cease. The paralysing effect of Botox is temporary, so treatment is required approximately every six months.

Coastal Eye Centre offers the highest standard of expertise in the treatment of facial movement disorders.