What are the early ocular complications of Bell palsy (idiopathic facial paralysis) (IFP)?

Updated: Jun 14, 2019
  • Author: Danette C Taylor, DO, MS, FACN; Chief Editor: Selim R Benbadis, MD  more...
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Early ocular complications include the following:

  • Lagophthalmos (inability to close the eye completely)

  • Paralytic ectropion of the lower lid

  • Corneal exposure

  • Brow droop

  • Upper eyelid retraction

  • Decreased tear output/poor tear distribution

  • Loss of the nasolabial fold

  • Corneal erosion, infection, and ulceration (rare)

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