Thyroid eye diseases are curable. There are patients that are left with permanent changes while others the eyes return to normal. It is critical to seek early treatment than wait for the inflammation that will push the eyes forward or cause the eyes and eyelids to become reddish or swollen. The good part is that we help patients can control the severity of thyroid eye diseases.
Thyroid eye disease is associated with an over-active thyroid gland. In some patients, inflammation involves the eye muscles causing the eyes to become out of line, leading to double vision. There are also cases where thyroid eye disease causes blindness from pressure on the nerve in the back of the eye. There are symptoms of thyroid eye disease that includes bags under the eyes, experiencing blurred/double vision, change in the eyes’ appearance like staring or bulging, difficulty moving the eyes and many more. Some patients experienced blurred vision that did not improve even if they blink or cover either eye or double vision. Once these symptoms are developed, it is highly recommended to see your doctor immediately. These symptoms will grow increasingly worse over a period of several days or weeks. It is the reason early diagnosis and treatment is important to prevent the condition from worsening. Treatments are available depending on the level of cases the patient is experiencing. For mild cases to severe cases, it starts with eye drops that will help with dry eye relief or steroids or orbital radiotherapy will be considered.
There are some patients that are left with permanent double vision or a change in the appearance of their eyes. In this case, surgery is performed as a part of rehabilitative therapy. Further, thyroid eye disease will affect your quality of life. You will experience mood swings, anxiety, or irritability if you have fluctuating thyroid levels. Contact your doctor immediately to help manage these symptoms. Contact VisualEyes Optometrists.
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