Botox For Filamentary Keratitis

April 24, 2012

April Archives: Yet another use for the miracle drug! Filamentary keratitis is a very annoying disease where plugs of mucuc get stuck on the cornea and cause light sensitivity, pain and foreign body sensation. It is often found in ptosis, dry eye, SLK and prolonged patching. It can be hard to treat. Researchers had the idea that it is mostly due to a mechanical problem of the lid rubbing against the eye, so they figured that by injecting a little Botox in the eyelid muscle and thus weaken it, they can improve the situation. Indeed, 88% of 33 eyes improved. So if the usual treatment- debridement, artificial tear/ointment and Mucomyst drops don’t work, it’s worth a try. And you can use the rest of the bottle on your crows feet.




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2 Responses to “Botox For Filamentary Keratitis”

  • Dr. Ari Weitzner

    im pretty sure first medical use was strabismus

  • Really is sort of a miracle drug. One thing i noticed is that one of the first uses of botox was for dentistry. Then migraines. Soon people started using it for cosmetic purposes. It’s a fact that in some countries botox is illegal for use for cosmetics… go figure.