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Gislene Souza

Eyes Closed

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My father was diagnosed with Parkinson's disease for 1 year (I believe that the diagnosis was made late). One of the symptoms he presents: suddenly his eyes are closed and he can't open them with ease. Are you know what can that be? Is it one symptom of Parkinson's disease? If yes, is treatable? His doctor doesn't know what is that.

 

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Suspect it could be blepharospasm and may be treatable with botulinum toxin injections.

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I thought blepharospasm is excessive blinking in a spasm form which is why botox may help because it will freeze the nerves. My mom's condition is like Gislene. The eyes close but they are not asleep. I always thought it's the PD meds winding down and the nerves in the eyes are shutting down.

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Sometimes in the evening I will close my eyes and have trouble reopening them. I figured it was just another joy of the ailment. So far it barely registers on the annoying level so I will pass on seeking out a remedy.

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Botox is safe, but you are correct that a doc in person with experience in this area will need to decide if it is blepharospasm, tiredness, or something else (another neuromuscular disease for example).

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