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What to Know About Botox Provided by an Ophthalmologist in the Bay Area

If you're in the Santa Cruz, Cupertino, San Jose, Los Gatos, or surrounding region, Spectrum Eye Physicians offers you a solution to reduce the appearance of fine lines around your eyes and correct certain eye conditions. Your treatment is administered by a member of a group of optometrists and ophthalmologists who understand the interworking’s of your eye, so you know you'll receive expert results safely performed by a professional. Before you request an appointment, you should educate yourself about Botox, though. 

What Is Botox? 

Botox, the brand name for botulinum toxin type A, is medication ophthalmologists and optometrists at Spectrum Eye Physicians inject directly into the skin located on the side of your eye. It's possible to use it underneath your eye, but research is limited, so it's typically not the first course of action. 

The medication relaxes the muscles surrounding your eye. When injected, the drug blocks nerve impulses, so these nerves aren't able to contract. It helps correct blepharospasms, which is a condition where your eyelid twitches. If you have wrinkles around your eyes like crow's feet, it reduces their appearance. It's also beneficial if you have crossed eyes, also referred to as strabismus. 

What to Expect During Botox?

During your eye exam, your optometrist may recommend Botox to correct your issue. At this time, the eye care professional must provide you with an eye exam to ensure the procedure is safe for you and is the best course of action. 

An eye doctor applies an anesthetic to the injection site before giving you the injection in order to minimize any pain or discomfort. The eye care specialist then administers a small amount of Botox around the eyes. After you leave the office, you're able to return to your daily activities once again. 

What to Expect After Botox?

It's possible to experience side effects from Botox-like bruising, swelling, dizziness, mild pain, hollowness under the eyes, or droopy eyelids. You could also experience fat bulges near the injection site. Some patients have headaches or muscle weakness after the injection. All of the side effects are usually only temporary. If they should persist, contact your eye doctor. 

In rare cases, you might have blurry or double vision or facial asymmetry. Changes in your voice like hoarseness are possible. Incontinence has occurred and so has a loss in the use of the muscles in your face or difficulty swallowing. Breathing issues or hives have occurred in rare cases as well. Always inform your eye doctor immediately if you experience rare symptoms. 

Contact Your Bay Area Team of Ophthalmologist and Optometrist for More Information

To schedule a consultation for Botox with a team of optometrists and ophthalmologists, contact Spectrum Eye Physicians, serving San Jose, Santa Cruz, Cupertino, Los Gatos, and the surrounding region, by calling 408-884-2215.