Bell's Palsy/7th Nerve Palsy
The facial nerve (the seventh cranial nerve) controls facial expression and eyelid function (the eyelid blink mechanism). The facial nerve can malfunction for several reasons. When we are unable to explain the reason for malfunction, we call this a Bell’s Palsy. Patients that have a Bell’s Palsy often recover some or complete function of the facial nerve. However, there are cases when the function of the nerve is not fully recovered and the surface of the eye can be compromised as the eyelids are not closing completely with each blink. In addition, the tone of the eyelid muscles is weakened which may produce an asymmetry between the two eyes (the larger eye is usually on the side of the facial nerve palsy). There are several ways to improve the function of the eyelids and the appearance of the eye. Some eyes will need a lid loading procedure of the upper lid to allow for an improved blink, while others will only need tightening of the eyelids and aggressive ocular surface lubrication. Others require elevation of the lower lid, which is the counter of loading the upper lid. Dr Zatezalo will evaluate your condition and offer you a solution to your Bell’s Palsy/Facial Nerve Palsy. Dr Zatezalo is a consultant at the Center for Facial Nerve Recovery where he performs many nonpublished off label cutting edge techniques to help patients with Bell’s Palsy.
Functional / Reconstructive
*This webpage is for informational purposes and is not intended to be, and should not be relied upon as, medical advice. Any medical concerns should be addressed with a physician.