When Bell’s palsy occurs the eyelids become weakened or paralyzed – this is called eyelid paresis or paralysis. This is a difficult condition for the patient as the eye does not close which leads to discomfort, disfigurement and loss of function.
Dr. Guy Massry ( Beverly Hills Ophthalmic Plastic Surgery) http://drmassry.com is an expert in eyelid paralysis surgery. Dr. Massry performs surgery in minimally invasive ways so as to preserve function and appearance, as is evidenced by his most recent novel surgical description http://www.widepr.com/press_release/36561/novel_approach_to_correcting_lower_lid_droop_minimally_invasive_orbicularis_sparing_mios.html
Only doctors with much experience with eyelids and with eyelid paralysis should perform surgery in these circumstances. Dr. Massry is a nationally recognized eyelid surgery specialist. He has written two textbooks in the field: view links to these books - http://www.springer.com/medicine/ophthalmology/book/978-1-4614-0066-0 and http://www.springer.com/medicine/ophthalmology/book/978-0-387-25389-3 . Dr. Massry takes great care in not only correcting the eyelid problem, but also doing surgery in a very aesthetic way.
Eyelid paralysis or paresis leads to loss of function (strength and tone) of the eyelid muscle which closes the eye – the orbicularis oculi muscle. This can cause to disfigurement, reduced vision and depression. Eyelid paralysis can be caused by a number of problems such as Bells Palsy, trauma, surgery or tumors. It is critical to make the appropriate diagnosis and develop the best treatment plan to address the weakened (paretic eyelids)