This is a condition which is generally due to paralysis of the orbicularis palpebrarum, or circular muscle of the eye. In consequence of the wide gaping of the eyelids, the patient has a peculiar staring appearance. The eye being constantly exposed to irritation in consequence of dust, etc., there is a constant flow of tears, and, sooner or later, inflammation is produced.

The Treatment of Inability to Close the Eye

When due to paralysis, electricity should be used, being applied daily by means of small sponge electrodes. The positive pole should be placed upon the forehead just above the eye, while the negative is passed across the eyebrow, and beneath the eye. The current should be applied not more than one to three minutes at a time. In some very bad cases, it becomes necessary to attach the lids together by means of stitches.