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Help please! is botox into the eye muscle possible to correct a small squint?

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Dr. Denis Winder
Plastic Surgery 58 years experience
Information: It is possible to get improvement. But you must be careful not to overdue it for fear the eyelid will not work at all. Remember the eylid is for the protection of the eye. An eylid that wil not close wil lead to extreme dryness and corneal ulders which can lead to corneal scar and blindness treatable only with corneal transplant.
Dr. Jeremy White
Plastic Surgery 16 years experience
Botox for squinting: Botox is extremely helpful to relax the "squint lines" around the eyelid for cosmetic reasons. If it is a tic-like squinting that is involuntary, this might be blepharospasm and is something that might be covered by your insurance.
Dr. Tim Conrad
Ophthalmology 34 years experience
Not really: If you are referring to a misalignment of the eyes, then Botox can be used for this. Botox wears off so it is not very effective. A small misalignment can be corrected surgically. See an ophthalmologist to discuss your options.

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A 34-year-old member asked:

Is botox into the eye muscle possible to correct a small squint, or might you end up with a different squint?

2 doctor answers6 doctors weighed in
Dr. Michael Sinclair
Family Medicine 38 years experience
Yes and yes: Botox will relax (paralyze) the muscle it is injected into. It can also spread and relax muscles that were not supposed to get relaxed. Furthermore, untreated muscles surrounding the injection site can be come stimulated to the point where they are contracting too much. In other words, it's tricky. Make sure your injector has lots of experience with this kind of injection.
Dr. John Despain
Dermatology 37 years experience
Yes, see only a Derm or plastic surgeon for cosmetic Botox!
Sep 2, 2012

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