Bell ’s palsy causes inability to close the eye because of paralysis of the muscle called ‘Orbicularis Oculi’.
This can lead to dryness of the cornea, ulceration of the cornea and even blindness. Goldweight implant is a flat metallic implant that is placed under the skin and muscle of the upper eyelid. With the increased weight of the upper eyelid gravity pulls the lid down to close it.
My approach: I like to use only light sedation for this procedure and keep the patient reclined but not completely flat. This allows easy assessment of complete eyelid closure.
Q. How soon after a Bell’s Palsy can I have a goldweight implant?
A. After one month. If the Bell’s Palsy does not resolve in 2 to 3 weeks, then it might take up to a year to resolve. In this situation the sooner the eye is protected the better.
Q. Which doctor should I see for this procedure?
A. You should first see your Ophthalmologist to rule out any immediate issues. After that you will be referred to either an Oculplastic Surgeon or a Facial Plastic Surgeon.
Q. I am allergic to gold, can I still get goldweight?
A. No, you cannot but there is a similar platinum based implant that can be used.
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