The Dry Eye Zone

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Newsblurb: Botox and dry eye

A little clip from Korea:

Korean FDA warns of Botox side effects
Feb 13, 2008

Of the 52 cases, 17 complained of droopiness around the eyes, five of swelling and four of pain. Other complaints included three each of fever, tear secretion disorder, eye irritation, lagophthalmos (inability to close the eye), dry eye, and muscle weakness.

I think Botox is so firmly entrenched in the US that the "lesser" side effects related to dry eye are not getting much attention but this little snippet sums up some of my concerns about the mixed reports about Botox results - affecting tear film via several different mechanisms.

These 52 cases were from ~1300 samples. That's 4%.