Bell's Palsy

Bell's Palsy is a condition thought to be caused by a virus in which one-sided facial paralysis occurs due to inflammation of the facial nerve.

Complications for Bell's Palsy

Associated symptoms include numbness of the face, a sensation that sounds are too loud, pain around the ear, and, infrequently, hoarseness of the voice and swallowing difficulties.

When a facial paralysis occurs, there is an inability to close the eyelids completely. This may leave the cornea of the eye vulnerable to dryness. If the sclera or the non-pigmented part of the eye becomes reddened or there is a sensation of a foreign body in the eye, the cornea is drying. Left untreated, ulcerations may develop and impair vision.