Some cases may get better without treatment. Treating the cause (if it can be found) may relieve the symptoms in many cases.
Treatment may include:
- Corticosteroid medications to reduce swelling and relieve pressure on the nerve
- Surgery to treat eyelid drooping or eyes that are not aligned
- Wearing an eye patch or prisms
Some cranial nerve dysfunctions will respond to treatment. A few cases result in some permanent loss of function. If the problem is caused by brain swelling due to a tumor or stroke, those conditions may be life-threatening.
- Permanent eyelid drooping
- Permanent vision changes
Calling Your Health Care Provider
Call the local emergency number (such as 911) or go to the emergency room if you have:
- Double vision
- No feeling in or control over parts of your body
- Signs of changed consciousness
- Unusual headache
Review Date : 12/21/2009
Reviewed By : Daniel B. Hoch, PhD, MD, Assistant Professor of Neurology, Harvard Medical School, Department of Neurology, Massachusetts General Hospital. Also reviewed by David Zieve, MD, MHA, Medical Director, A.D.A.M., Inc.
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