What is Thyroid Eye Disease?

Thyroid eye disease may occur in patients who already know they have thyroid disease. Sometimes it is the first thing that brings the person to the doctor's office which may lead to a diagnosis of thyroid disease. 

The vast majority of patients with thyroid eye disease have hyperthyroidism (an overactive thyroid), specifically Graves' Disease. Less commonly it is associated with hypothyroidism (underachieve thyroid), specifically Hashimoto's Disease. Both Graves' Disease and Hashimotos' Disease are autoimmune conditions. 

Inflammation of the surface of the eye can cause RED EYES or a scratchy, gritty feeling
Eye muscles become swollen which may lead to double vision
Eyelid muscles can tighten creating a "staring" look. This may also make it difficult to close your eyes which may damage the surface of the eye
Fat tissue expands which may cause the eyes to bulge
Inflammation of the lacrimal gland (tear gland) may cause WET EYES or DRY EYES. Both may happen in the same patient.
Swelling of the tissues can make the eyelids look puffy or "baggy" and cause a pressure-like sensation
What are the signs and symptoms of Thyroid Eye Disease?

​Thyroid eye disease can affect many different parts of the eye and surrounding tissues. Some of the more common findings are:

How do  you treat Thyroid Eye Disease

Since thyroid eye disease can affect every patient in a different way, treatment is specifically tailored to your individual needs. Treatment options range from over-the-counter eye drops, prescription steroid drops, oral steroids, or surgery. 

Dr. Gupta will work closely with your primary care physician and/or endocrinologist to make sure you are receiving the most appropriate treatment for you. 

Schedule your Thyroid Eye Disease assessment today.