• Why can’t I fully close my eye?


    Question:

    I don’t have Bell’s palsy but I can’t fully close my eye. I can’t even close it halfway while looking down. What could be the reason for this?


    Answer:

    More information is needed to answer this question accurately. Eyelid closure can be weakened due to Bell’s palsy or as a side effect of botulinum toxin, among other causes. More severe eyelid malfunction, called restriction of closure, can result from congenital conditions, as well as tumor, trauma, and Thyroid Eye Disease (TED). An ophthalmologist can help identify the source of your eyelid malfunction after reviewing your medical history and conducting a thorough eye exam.


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