Paralysis or loss of strength or motor function of the muscles that control facial expression can result in a sudden inability to close the eyes or blink effectively.
This can cause severe disability and when inadequately managed, can lead to a significant risk to vision.
How is facial paralysis treated?
In the initial stages, close clinical monitoring is essential, accompanied by a comprehensive regimen of medications such as eye drops and creams. Additionally, a series of exercises and protective measures contribute to effective acute management.
Fortunately, the majority of facial nerve paralysis is temporary. Following thorough investigations and scans, a non-invasive management approach is adopted until the affected eye muscles regain their strength and function.
Bell’s Palsy, often the culprit behind this facial nerve paralysis, is a self-limiting condition. Treatment involves the use of steroids and, in some cases, antiviral tablets. It is crucial for your doctor to initiate this treatment promptly upon a patient’s presentation with facial paralysis. However, a final diagnosis of Bell’s Palsy should not be conclusively made without an appropriate referral to hospital specialists.