Thyroid Eye Disease (TED): Overview
Thyroid eye disease, Graves’ ophthalmopathy, and Graves’ orbitopathy all refer to the same condition. There are a number of different manifestations of thyroid eye disease, the most common being eyelid retraction (excessively wide eyelid opening), bulging eyes (exophthalmos), and double vision.
Other thyroid eye disease abnormalities include inflammation of the tissues around the eyes, strabismus (misalignment of the eyes), and occasionally optic neuropathy (diminished vision caused by a compressed optic nerve).
Many patients with thyroid eye disease develop serious vision difficulties due to irritation, dryness, and over-exposure of the eyes. Double vision can also be very disabling and is common when the muscles that move the eyes become enlarged or scarred.
Thyroid Eye Disease: Treatments & Surgery
Common treatments for thyroid eye disease include artificial tear drops or topical medications, steroids (oral or IV), other types of anti-inflammatory medications, and even radiation.
Surgical treatments are normally reserved for patients who are at risk of diminishing vision due to active disease progression, or for patients who wish to improve their overall appearance (even if the disease is no longer active).
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- Blepharoplasty (Upper & Lower Eyelid Lifts)
- Blepharospasm (BEB) / Hemifacial Spasm (HFS)
- Ectropion Repair (Eyelid Turning Out)
- Entropion Repair (Eyelid Turning In)
- Enucleation & Evisceration (Removal of Eye)
- Eyebrow Lift (Direct and Internal Brow Lifts)
- Eyelid Reconstruction
- Eyelid Skin Cancers
- Orbital Fractures
- Orbital Tumors
- Ptosis Repair (Droopy Eyelid Surgery)
- Tear Drain Surgery (Lacrimal Surgery)
- Thyroid Eye Disease (TED)