Spasms of accommodation is a situation in which the “focusing muscles” of the eyes contract when they should not. The condition produces blurred vision, and also often produces double vision. The condition is often self-limiting, but if it persists for long periods of time or if it interferes with the ability to function, treatment may be needed. Treatment generally consists of some combination of eye drops and glasses. An EyeMD should be able to help you make an accurate diagnosis and make treatment recommendations.
Francis Skilling, MD
Location and Office HoursEye Associates of Tallahassee PA
Tallahassee, FL 32308
What are spasms of accommodation in the eyes?
David K. Coats, MD, Ophthalmology, answered on behalf of American Academy of Ophthalmology's EyeSmartHelpful? 1 person found this helpful.
What is epiphora and what causes it?
Johns Hopkins Medicine answered
Epiphora is the medical term for excess tearing of the eye, usually due to a blockage in the tear duct. The tear duct (the nasolacrimal duct) drains tears from the eyes into the nose. When the duct becomes blocked due to injury or disease, it can cause excessive tears.
How are eye and vision problems treated?
Your ophthalmologist (Eye M.D.) will monitor eye protrusion and eyelid retraction by taking precise measurements of your eyes. If the measurements are increasing, or if your symptoms are getting worse, treatment may be needed.
A combination of non-surgical and surgical methods may be used to treat your symptoms. Non-surgical treatment options may include:
- Applying lubricating ointment, artificial tears, or both to relieve some symptoms of dry eye
- Elevating your head at night to reduce muscle swelling
- Taking steroid medications by mouth to control the eye muscle swelling and inflammation
- Wearing sunglasses to relieve light sensitivity
- Applying cool compresses to the eyes to relieve the discomfort associated with eye irritation and inflammation
- Using eyeglasses with prisms to reduce double vision
Surgical treatment options may include:
- Repositioning the eye, the eye muscles, or both to relieve double vision and improve cosmetic appearance
- Repositioning eyelid muscles to correct eyelid retraction, relieve the effects of dry eye, and improve cosmetic appearance
- Removing scarred tissue from the muscles of the eye or eyelid
- Relieving compression on the optic nerve to preserve sight
Eye disorders caused by thyroid disease can usually be managed very successfully.
See all Eye Conditions questions