Yes Mike, the eye weakness and lid not closing is related to the paralysis we got. Which also affects blinking, tingling, numbness, no tears,.
ALSO, the facial nerve has fibers the secretory glands in the nose (yep mine is affected there too), AND taste buds to the tip of the tongue are conveyed by the facial nerve, so there may be temporary taste disturbances.
Mike, I have my one month post op this Friday and you & I both got the delayed paralysis. Since I live 3 1/2 hours away from doctor, I went to see my eye doctor. She said very strongly to using ointment at night, and drops in the day. I like the Refresh Celluvisc, but it is thicker and makes things blurry. If we don't keep the eye moisturized it will scratch the cornea and can do eye damage. You can see my 'lovely' patch type things I've been using on my blog.
My eye dr. said it was O.K. to cover the 'paralyzed' eye as long as it is moisturized. I guess with our facial paralysis it makes it so the eye lid won't close. Some people taped theirs closed, or used saran wrap or glad stick & seal with tape around that. I think I'm sensitive to the tape, so it hurt my skin. When I cover the bad eye with something dark, then my good eye focuses just fine. I was also told to do the eye exercises a few times a day.
I am one week ahead of you and I'd say I just started to feel more of the focus.
This whole delayed paralysis thing is very annoying. If you read up on my blog, there has been some ups and downs. I can't wait to see the doctor and see what he thinks. I;ve read heree where some people have that stuff for quite awhile.
FYI....I got most of this information out of my Michigan Ear Institute phamplet and one from the Acoustic Neuroma Association. Since I'm a week ahead of you, I've got lots of the research down