Purpose of review: Facial nerve paralysis has a profound impact on patients’ quality of life, of which one of the most important sequelae is a risk of corneal surface disease. Herein, we discuss methods to protect the eye following insult to the facial nerve.
Recent findings: Protection of the ocular surface in patients with facial nerve injury is of paramount importance to prevent corneal injury and potential blindness. Many interventions on the eye are temporary and therefore easily reversible. A systematic approach to managing the eye is required in these patients.
Summary: This article provides a review of current methods used for ocular protection in patients with facial nerve paralysis.
aDivision of Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery, Department of Otology and Laryngology, Harvard Medical School/Massachusetts Eye and Ear Infirmary, Boston, Massachusetts
bDepartment of Otolaryngology – Head and Neck Surgery, University of Washington School of Medicine, Seattle, Washington, USA
Correspondence to Amit D. Bhrany, MD, Department of Otolaryngology – Head and Neck Surgery, University of Washington School of Medicine, Box 356515, Seattle, WA 98195, USA. E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org