Can I Use Botox if I Have Glaucoma (Open Angle?)
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Botox and glaucoma
Safety of Botox
Within 20 to 90 minutes after Botox is injected, botulinum neurotoxin type A can be detected inside the motor nerve endings. Therefore the muscles and nerve endings take up the Botox very quickly before it can spread far from the injection site. It should be perfectly safe for you to have Botox injections even if you have glaucoma.
BOTOX® is OK for glaucoma patients
BOTOX® will not affect your glaucoma one way or the other [won't hurt, won't help, won't make any difference one way or the other.]
BOTOX® [and other formulations of BTX-A] are sometimes used to treat conditions around the eyes, including bleparospasm [uncontrolled blinking], and strabismus ["lazy eye" where one eye won't point properly at what the patient is trying to look at].
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Botox should have no effect on glaucoma
It is perfectly fine to have Botox injections if you have open angle glaucoma. The bottom line is that Botox treatments do not effect the pressure in your eye and do not interact with glaucoma medications.
In a word...yes
as long as you're a candidate for botox, the fact you have glaucoma doesn't matter...in fact a study demonstrated botox injected around the eyes about 18 hours after an acute attack of glaucoma reduced the pain and improved quality of life...so go for it...
Botox and dysport may be used in patients with glaucoma
There have not been reports of problems with botox or dysport increasing intraocular pressure so there shouldn't be a problem with glaucoma patients. Certainly, ask your ophthalmologist if it is ok for your doctor to inject Botox if you have glaucoma.
Botox and glaucoma
Botox has no effect on glaucoma
Glaucoma is usually due to an increase in intraocular pressure. Botox does not have an effect on intraocular pressure. Also, there are no reports of Botox inducing glaucoma in the medical literature.
Botox was originally discovered as a treatment for wrinkles by a husband and wife team of doctors, an ophthalmologist and a dermatologist. The ophthalomologist noticed that patients injected with Botox for ocular problems had reductions of wrinkles around the eyes.
Botox OK in Patients With Glaucoma
There is no reason to believe that Botox will affect your intraocular pressure. You should be able to receive treatments without any effect on your glaucoma.
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