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Question: Which muscles open and close the eyelid?

Answer: The orbicularis muscle closes the eye and is innervated by CN7. The levator palpebrae opens the eye and is innervated by CN3.


thats why facial nerve palsy patient cant close their eyes and occulomotor palsy cant open their their eyes……

Comment by satish koirala — March 23, 2010

is it like after botox some people an open eyelid are there any treatment for that

Comment by locile — June 7, 2011

my husband’s right eye is closing and opening/ nerve doctor didn’t know why/ might need botox?????/ eye doctor want sugar levels check/ what is it? very annoying and looks frightening.

Comment by didi — January 18, 2014

Didi, the possibilities here are:

1. Eyelid Fasciculations – harmless twitching
2. Blepharospasm – usually both eyes, may need botox, harmless
3. Hemifacial Spasm – involves half of face, potentially dangerous.

I don’t know why sugar levels are being checked, unless there is some kind of nerve palsy going on as well. These are all questions best asked of the eye doctor who has seen your husband.

Comment by Timothy Root, M.D. — January 22, 2014

Ps.. I got a second opinion and was told my muscle may need to be tightened. As I mentioned, both eyes opened fine before surgery; even with the hooding, it’s obvious in pics.

Comment by Lisa — July 9, 2014

Thank you Dr. Timothy Root! I have the symptoms of blepharospasm … I think

Comment by Din-yi — September 11, 2014

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