What Is Thyroid Eye Disease?

Thyroid eye disease is often a condition related to an auto-immune disorder that affects the thyroid gland in the neck. Generally, it occurs in conjunction with a thyroid disorder called Graves' disease. The disease can affect nearly any of the tissues that surround the eye. It causes these tissues to swell and changes their ability to function properly. Most patients who have thyroid eye disease are hyperthyroid (too much thyroid hormone in the blood), but those who are hypothyroid (too little thyroid in the blood) or euthyroid (normal thyroid levels in the blood) can be affected as well.

What Are the Symptoms of Thyroid Eye Disease?

  • Bulging of the eyes
  • Pain, especially with movement
  • Dry, irritated eyes
  • Double vision
  • Blurred vision
  • Light sensitivity
  • Redness (bloodshot eyes)
  • Swelling that affects the optic nerve and that may lead to vision loss
  • Color blindness

How Is Thyroid Eye Disease Treated?

There are many different procedures that can deal with the manifestations of thyroid eye disease. These can range from mild procedures to major surgery. The specific cure will depend on the exact problem that is occurring. This will be discussed after a detailed consultation with Dr. Howard.

These procedures are covered by insurance.