What is Botox®?The first medical therapeutic use of Botox® was by an ophthalmologist in the 1970s to help correct crossed eyes (strabismus). As a strabismus specialist, Dr. Mudgil has used Botox® for years to help patients who suffer from nystagmus and double vision due to eye muscle paralysis. As such, Dr. Mudgil has unique experience with the drug and detailed knowledge of facial anatomy to help protect a patient from complications of Botox® injections
Botox® CosmeticIn April 2002, the FDA granted approval to use Botox for cosmetic conditions. BOTOX® injections are used to treat facial wrinkles, restoring a more youthful, rested appearance. For instance, injections can be used to reduce the "crow's feet" wrinkles around the outer portion of the eyes. Botox® can also be used to treat excessive axillary sweating (hyperhidrosis).
Why should an ophthalmologist administer my Botox®?Because facial Botox® is typically injected in close proximity to the ocular and peri-ocular tissues, there is a chance that non-targeted muscles could be affected and weakened. This could cause double vision and/or drooping of the eyelid (ptosis) if Botox® seeps below the eyebrow. Occasionally, some people also experience eye irritation or tearing after Botox® treatments. Having an experienced ophthalmologist perform your Botox® treatment can help to ensure the safety of your eyes and vision.