Botox is probably best known for its treatment for facial wrinkles, however the FDA has approved it to help with eye problems such as strabismus (crossed eyes), Lagophthalmos (inability to close eyelids), Ptosis also known as Blepharoptosis (droopy eyelid), blepharospasm (eyelid spasms), Ectropion (eyelid turns out), Epiphora (imbalance between production and drainage of tears) and a side effect known as diplopia (blurred vision).
Botox works by preventing nerves from sending signals to muscles to make them move. The muscles then become paralyzed. Eventually the nerves regain their ability, but it takes a few months for them to make new connections to the muscles. Though Botox can be helpful, it’s important to know that it will not cure these conditions, nor does it serves as a permanent treatment.
Radio Surgery for Facial Veins
As we age, the number of visible facial veins inevitably and unfortunately increases. These thread veins are tiny blood vessels which run close to the surface of the skin and look like fine red, or sometimes purple, wiggly lines. They’re also sometimes called ‘spider veins’ or ‘broken veins’, although the veins aren’t in fact broken but only slightly enlarged. The medical term for them is telangiectasia.
Crane Eye Care is pleased to provide Radio Surgery for its patients with facial telangiectasia. This effective treatment option has minimal recovery time and can be done in our office quickly and comfortably with minimal discomfort. Usually only topical anesthesia is used and you’ll only feel a little tingly sensation. Radio Surgery for Facial Veins uses high-frequency energy to provide incredibly precise results. The extremely fine instrument is able to access the small veins predictably and quickly to minimizing recovery time and scarring, however the results are almost immediate.
Eyelid surgery, otherwise known as blepharoplasty, removes extra eyelid skin that is limiting a patient’s vision.
If you are suffering from ptosis (pronounced “toe-sis”), it can be corrected surgically. Ptosis is a medical term for drooping of the upper eyelids. Patients with ptosis may have trouble seeing if their eyelids obstructs the pupil. Dr. Crane will perform testing to determine the best form of correction for each individual patient. The goal is to elevate the eyelid to permit a full field of vision. Children with ptosis may develop amblyopia (“lazy eye”) or developmental delay from limitation of their vision.