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Treating Strabismus with Botox: Benefits, Risks, and More

Updated: April 10, 2023
By: Lauren Siso, LE, ALP

Lauren Siso, LE, ALP

Lauren Siso, LE, ALP

Lauren is the proud owner of ELLEMES Medical Spa with over a decade of experience in the Atlanta, GA area. She is recognized for her outstanding work with accolades such as Best Esthetician in Atlanta by Jezebel Magazine and Best Aesthetic Influencer by Dermascope Magazine.

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Introduction

If you’ve ever heard of Botox, you’ve likely heard it discussed in relation to aesthetic treatments. But what many people don’t know is that Botox has been used to treat a range of medical conditions, one of them being strabismus. Strabismus is a condition that affects up to 4% of the population, and it is characterized by the eyes not pointing in the same direction. It can cause a number of vision-related issues, such as double vision, lazy eye, and even permanent vision loss. In this blog post, we’re going to discuss the use of Botox to treat strabismus.

What is Strabismus?


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Strabismus is a condition that affects the muscles that control eye movement. It usually manifests at an early age, and it can cause the eyes to either turn inwards or outwards. In some cases, the eyes may even cross or rotate. Strabismus can cause a number of vision-related issues, such as lazy eye, double vision, and even permanent vision loss. It can also affect a person’s perception of depth and distance, making it difficult to focus on objects that are far away.

How Does Botox Help Treat Strabismus?

Botox works by temporarily weakening the muscles that control eye movement. This makes it easier for the eye doctor to adjust the position of the eyes, correcting any misalignment that may be causing strabismus. Botox is typically used in combination with other treatments, such as patching, corrective lenses, and prism lenses. Botox injections are relatively quick and painless, and they last for up to three months, at which point they need to be repeated in order to maintain the desired eye alignment.


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What are the Benefits of Using Botox to Treat Strabismus?

Botox is a safe and effective way to treat strabismus. It is a relatively quick and painless procedure, and it can help improve a person’s vision and reduce the effects of the condition. Botox can also be used to correct the misalignment of the eyes if they are turning in or outwards. This can help improve the person’s depth perception, allowing them to focus on objects that are further away.

What are the Risks of Using Botox to Treat Strabismus?

Although Botox is generally safe, there are some potential risks associated with using it to treat strabismus. These include temporary eyelid droop and double vision. In rare cases, Botox may cause more serious side effects, such as vision loss and even permanent vision damage. As with any medical procedure, it is important to discuss the risks and benefits with your doctor before proceeding.

Conclusion

Botox has been used to treat strabismus for many years, and it is a safe and effective way to improve vision and reduce the effects of the condition. Botox injections are relatively quick and painless, and they can help correct any misalignment of the eyes that may be causing strabismus. However, it is important to discuss the potential risks with your doctor before proceeding with the treatment. At ELLEMES Medical Spa of Atlanta, GA, we specialize in providing safe and effective Botox treatments for a range of medical and aesthetic conditions. Contact us today to learn more about how Botox can help you.

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Lauren Siso, Esthetician

Lauren has been medical aesthetician and laser practitioner for over 10 years and is passionate about helping her clients achieve their best skin possible. Lauren truly believes that everyone deserves to feel confident in their own skin and is dedicated to helping her clients achieve that goal!

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Lauren Siso, Medical Aesthetician at ELLEMES Medical Spa