THYROID EYE DISEASE

What is Grave’s disease?

Thyroid eye disease, also known as Graves’ disease, develops when a thyroid disorder results in the production of antibodies to the soft tissues behind the eyes. This may cause the muscles to swell. When this happens the eyes may be forced to move forward and bulge. Additionally the eyelids may retract, allowing more “white” of the eye to be seen. The fat surrounding the eye may also swell causing bags or fullness around the eyes.

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What can be done to treat Thyroid Eye Disease?

Firstly, an individual should be evaluated by their family doctor or endocrinologist to uncover any underlying thyroid abnormality. Depending on the severity of the condition, the patient may require steroid treatment, radiation or surgery. After one’s thyroid status is stable, there are many treatments available to improve the appearance of the eyes. Surgery can be performed to set the eyes back if they are very prominent, correct double vision, to raise or lower the eyelids and even remove the bags.