Third cranial nerve palsy; Oculomotor palsy; Pupil-involving third cranial nerve palsy
Some people 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
- Eye patch or glasses with prisms to reduce double vision
- Pain medications
- Surgery to treat eyelid drooping or eyes that are not aligned
Some cranial nerve dysfunctions will respond to treatment. A few cases result in some permanent loss of function.
Causes such as brain swelling due to a tumor or stroke or a
- Permanent eyelid drooping
- Permanent vision changes
Calling your health care provider
Call your health care provider if you have double vision and it doesn't go away in a few minutes, especially if you also have eyelid drooping.