Bell’s Palsy – Facial Nerve Dysfunction

The facial nerve (also known as the seventh cranial nerve) closes the eyelid. When the eyelid is unable to close, the eye is not protected from exposure and can dry out, leading to problems such as dry eye, ulcers and infection. Dr. Cockerham can put a weight, either made of gold or platinum, in the eyelid to help the lid close. An incision is made at the natural lid crease and a pocket is made for the weight. The weight is then inserted, and the incision is closed with sutures. The sutures are typically removed in 1 to 2 weeks.


If you would like to learn more about Bell’s Palsy – Facial Nerve Dysfunction call 1-800-244-9907 to make an appointment at Central Valley Eye Medical Group.


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We at Central Valley Eye hope you and your families are well. With COVID-19 infections continuing to rise, we are taking all necessary precautions to keep patients and staff healthy as we continue to provide the eye care that our community needs:
  • Whenever appropriate, we are rescheduling any patients with cough or cold symptoms
  • We have adjusted our schedule to decrease the number of patients in our waiting rooms. You can expect on average between zero and one patient to be in the waiting room at any given time.
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  • Whenever appropriate, we are diverting visits to telemedicine (by cell phone, tablet, laptop, or desktop). Please contact us for further details at 209-952-3700.

    Additionally, some of our office locations may be closed on certain days. If you are unsure whether to come in for your visit, please call us.

    The doctors at Central Valley Eye will not be performing any non-urgent surgeries until further notice. Our surgery coordinators will be contacting patients to reschedule the surgeries that need to be postponed.

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    Warmest regards,

    Brandy Simpson
    Practice Manager
    Central Valley Eye Medical Group, Inc.