(A.K.A. Facial Palsy)
Bell's Palsy is a condition that paralyzes muscles surrounding the eyelids, mouth, and eyebrow. It is important to be evaluated because in some cases, the eyelid does not completely close which may lead to corneal dryness. Your Middlesex Eye Physicians ophthalmologist or optometrist may prescribe drops and/or ointment depending on your particular case.
Symptoms of Bell's Palsy
- Sudden weakness or paralysis to one side of the face that causes it to droop. This may make it difficult for one to close the eye on the affected side
- Eye problems, such as excessive tearing or a dry eye
- Loss of ability to taste
- Pain in or behind your ear
- Numbness in the affected side of your face
- Increased sensitivity to sound
Treating Bell's Palsy
Most people who have Bell's Palsy recover without any treatment within in 1 to 2 months. The recovery is gradual. This is especially true for people who can still partly move their facial muscles. A small number of people may have permanent muscle weakness or other problems on the affected side of the face. Depending on the severity of the palsy, your doctor may prescribe a corticosteriod to reduce the risk of long term problems from Bell's Palsy.