What are the options for eye care for patients with 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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It is universally accepted that eye care is imperative in Bell palsy. The patient’s eye is at risk for drying, corneal abrasion, and corneal ulcers.

In most cases, topical ocular lubrication (with artificial tears during the day and lubricating ophthalmic ointment at night, or occasionally ointment day and night) is sufficient to prevent the complications of corneal exposure. [9] Punctal plugs may be helpful if dryness of the cornea is a persistent problem.


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