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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Dear Friends,

We at Central Valley Eye hope that you and your families are well. To continue to protect the health of our patients and staff during the coronavirus pandemic, we are taking all reasonable precautions as we provide the eye care that our community needs:

  • All patients and staff must now wear masks within the clinic building. Please bring one from home.
  • Whenever appropriate, we are rescheduling patients with fever, cough, or cold symptoms
  • We have adjusted our schedule to decrease the number of patients in our waiting rooms
  • We have increased our already strict sanitizing practices
  • 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.

If you are unsure whether to come in for your visit, please call us.

Following state guidelines, the doctors at Central Valley Eye have recently resumed performing elective surgeries. Our surgery coordinators will be contacting patients to reschedule the surgeries that needed to be postponed. We appreciate your patience during this time.

If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact us at 209-952-3700.

Warmest regards,

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