Facial paralysis

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Lagophthalmos, ectropion and watery eyes are
associated eye problems

What is it?

The inability to move the facial muscles. At ocular level, it paralyses the orbicularis muscle, which is responsible for closing the eyelids. This condition can cause:

What causes it?

Approximately half of facial paralysis cases have unknown causes. Some of the most common causes are:

  • Trauma or accidents
  • Tumours
  • Infections
  • Neurological diseases
  • Surgery: eye surgery, parotid gland surgery, etc.
  • An inability to move the face and/or close the eyelids
  • Red eye and tearing

Sometimes surgery is required to ensure that the eyelid protects the surface of the eye. The most common procedures are:

  • Gold or platinum weight implantation in the upper eyelid

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