The purpose of the Southern Cross Medical Library is to provide information of a general nature to help you better understand certain medical conditions. Always seek specific medical advice for treatment appropriate to you. This information is not intended to relate specifically to insurance or healthcare services provided by Southern Cross. The main symptom is muscle weakness on one side of the face, causing the face to droop. The left and right sides of the face are affected with equal frequency. It is rare for both sides to be affected at the same time.
Possible causes of facial pain
Dry Eye Advice - Facial Palsy UK
Ophthalmology and Visual Sciences. Jeffrey D. Welder, MD , Richard C. A year-old male was referred to the oculoplastics service for evaluation of left lower eyelid retraction in the setting of left facial nerve palsy secondary to metastatic lymphoma and radiation therapy. He had prior treatment by the otolaryngology service including a left temporalis fascia sling, left upper eyelid platinum gold weight and a left lateral tarsal strip. He had persistence of tearing and blurry vision in the left eye which seemed to improve with the instillation of artificial tears.
Why Does My Face Hurt?
Development of facial nerve palsy FNP may lead to dramatic change in the patient's facial function, expression, and emotions. The ophthalmologist may play an important role in the initial evaluation, and the long-term management of patients with new-onset of FNP. In patients with expected temporary facial weakness, no efforts should be wasted to ensure proper corneal protection. Patients with permanent functional deficit may require combination of surgical procedures tailored to the patient's clinical findings that may require good eye comfort and cosmesis. The facial nerve is vital for a person's well-being functionally, psychologically, and emotionally.
A person with facial palsy may experience dry eye problems. The facial nerve is responsible for eye closure, if this nerve becomes damaged then the eye may no longer be able to blink or close properly on the affected side. Sometimes both eyes are affected. Dry eye can be a very painful condition and is a common problem for people with facial palsy.