To the editor:

I am writing to you in the hopes that you will help me spread awareness to people in the area who are suffering from blepharospasm and have been unable to find relief from it.Blepharospasm is an involuntary spasmodic condition which causes the eyelids to blink, squint, or close abnormally. Meige is very similar to blepharospasm, only it may affect lower facial and respiratory system also.

The cause is unknown. Research is being done and until the cure is found, there are treatments to help relieve the symptoms. Medication helps 15 percent of those afflicted with the condition and surgery produces limited results. The newest treatment is with botulinum toxic injections in the eyelids.

I started having this problem about four years ago. I went to many ophthalmologists and neurologists before finding answers that have made it possible to lead a near normal life again.

People can receive the latest information on blepharospasm from: Benign Essential Blepharospasm National Headquarters, P.O. Box 12468, Beaumont, Texas 77706, or may contact Dr. Richard L. Anderson, 1002 So. Temple, Suite 308, Salt Lake City, UT 84102.

It is our goal to reach everyone in Utah who needs relief.

Mrs. Joy Verde

BEB Support Group

Sandy, Utah