When the eye cannot close due to facial palsy, sometimes a temporary external weight can be used. The weights are expensive and not always routinely available via the NHS. They should only be fitted by an eye specialist. Some hospitals will offer them to patients as a trial run before opting for a surgically implanted weight. There may be a reason why a patient cannot have surgery and the external weights provide an alternative temporary solution to aid blink-closure during the day.
Eye specialists can source Blinkese external weights from Veni Vidi UK.
The video below shows how the weights work.
Last reviewed: 13-12-2016 || Next review due: 13-12-2018