Acute Facial Paralysis and Bell’s Palsy Clinic

Patient with Bell's palsy
21-year-old patient
with Bell’s palsy

Acute facial paralysis—sudden-onset facial weakness—is a nerve emergency. Signs of facial weakness include: drooling, an uneven forehead, trouble blinking and clearing your eye, and difficulty moving one or both sides of your face.

Patients experiencing facial weakness need to see a doctor or visit an emergency room right away. Doctors will determine whether the paralysis is caused by a stroke. If a stroke is ruled out, then the facial paralysis may be a sign of Bell’s palsy or another facial nerve disorder, such as Lyme Disease or Ramsay Hunt Syndrome. In that case, our specialists may be able to help.

At Mass. Eye and Ear’s new Acute Facial Paralysis and Bell’s palsy Clinic, launched in 2016, our specialists will work to help you achieve the best possible outcome. We offer advanced therapies and evidence-based management, along with opportunities to participate in clinical research. Patients will be scheduled on an urgent basis. To schedule an appointment, please call 877-9-SMILES.

 At our clinic, we are committed to providing comprehensive diagnosis and care. 

Our services include:

  • Comprehensive second opinion and patient education
  • Diagnostics including electrophysiology, imaging, and bloodwork, where appropriate
  • Clinical photography and videography
  • Physical therapy
  • Specialized eye care
  • Facial nerve decompression, where appropriate