You may be suffering from Thyroid eye disease also known as the Thyroid Orbitopathy or Graves disease and not even know it. Your eyes are surrounded by muscles, fat, and the optic nerve. All of these are held in a round, bony eye socket.
In thyroid eye disease the amount of fat increases and the muscles thicken. This pushes the eyes forward. It will also stretch the optic nerve. In some cases, these changes will cause vision loss, corneal ulcers, and squinting eyes. There are symptoms associated with this disease like dry eyes, watery eyes, red eyes, building eyes, double vision, difficulty closing the eyes, and problems with vision. This needs to be taken seriously because it will cause great damage. Thyroid eye disease is managed by a specialist eye doctor (ophthalmologist). Any underlying thyroid problems will be managed by your primary care doctor or by a specialist in the hormone systems of the body (endocrinologist). Your eye doctor will recommend treatments to help soothe your eyes and improve your vision. Applying cool compresses to your eyes will give extra moisture and the cooling effect will provide relief. Using sunglasses will help protect your eyes from both sun and wind. Lubricating eye drops will relieve dryness and scratchiness and a lot more.
Thyroid eye disease will have a complicated and cyclical relationship and stress will contribute to this disease. This will also cause irritability, anxiety, restlessness, and depression. Take care of your eyes. Most importantly, talk with your doctor and identify the eye conditions you are currently experiencing that will be a symptom of a more serious issue.
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