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Has the weakness of the right side of your face been present for your entire life?
Can you puff out your cheeks and whistle?
do you have any medical problems or take any medications?
What have your doctors in the past said about this issue?
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Yes, I can whistle and puff out my cheeks. I just don't have any major muscle control around the eye, I can't wink in the right eye, I can "snarl" on the left side but have limited muscle ablility on the right side. Yes, I can smile on both sides and raise the muscles over my brow. I was just curious if there might be more than just an "undeveloped optic nerve" reason why I can never move those musles under and around my blind eye.
Normally optic nerve atrophy does not have associated with it weakness of the periorbital muscles
If you really wanted to "leave no stone unturned" in learning if there is a correlation with the optic nerve atrophy and the muscles around your eye, the best place to go would be a large University Medical Center.
. At an institution like that you could be evaluated and treated by a team of sub-specialists who are at the cutting edge of their respective fields. The best thing about these large teaching hospitals is that consultations are available with Professors and leaders in their field by just walking a few steps down the hall.
The Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minnesota is an excellent example of just such a place as this. That being said there are many excellent teaching hospitals all across the country and I am sure that there is one near you.