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Thyroid Eye Disease: Symptoms and Treatment

Hyperthyroidism, or Graves disease, affects the body in a number of ways. One way is that it can result in thyroid eye disease. Even if you seek treatment for hyperthyroidism, the eye problems that it can cause may not be easily reversed without surgical intervention. Here are the symptoms of thyroid eye disease and the treatment options available.

What is Thyroid Eye Disease?

Thyroid eye disease is characterized by the bulging of the eyes. The eyelids may retract, or the eye may bulge out of its orbit, affecting the eyelids. In either case, the eye becomes very dry and is no longer fully protected.

Symptoms

There are several symptoms of thyroid eye disease. The appearance of bulging eyes is the most obvious symptom, but you may notice others before it becomes prominent. You will experience dry eyes, or your eyes may water profusely due to them being dry. You may also notice that you are unable to close your eyelids completely around the eye.

Treatment

There are few treatment options for thyroid eye disease. The most important thing that you can do is seek treatment for your thyroid condition so that the eye problems do not become worse or return after treatment. You can then seek surgical treatment for the eye condition, which entails putting the eye back into the orbit as it should be. It may also require some work with the eyelids.

If you are experiencing bulging eyes, do not wait to seek treatment. Contact us today for more information about thyroid eye disease and its treatment. We can answer all of your questions and give you a complete examination. This will allow for proper diagnosis and treatment. Do not hesitate. Contact us today.

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