What is blepharospasm?

Updated: Oct 17, 2018
  • Author: James Robert Brasic, MD, MPH; Chief Editor: Selim R Benbadis, MD  more...
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Blepharospasm (repetitive, forceful, sustained contraction of the orbicularis oculi) may occur as an isolated finding. When it occurs in conjunction with dystonia of the lower face, jaw, and neck, it is referred to as Meige syndrome. Although blepharospasm has been reported with dopaminergic and sympathomimetic agents and antihistamines, it has also been associated with long-term treatment with dopamine antagonists.


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