A 43-year-old female asked:
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i have been diagnosed with an overactive thyroid..my right eye looks like it's starting to protrude..can i just stay on neo mercazole..

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Dr. John Destafeno
21 years experience Ophthalmology
Thyroid eye disease: Persons with thyroid disease may have enlarged muscles of the eye that crowd the eye socket, or orbit. This can lead to bulging and compression of your nerve causing visual loss. Steroids may be beneficial. A complete eye exam and possible ct scan of the orbit can help assess your eye disease.
Answered on Feb 25, 2013
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Dr. Philip Kern
Dr. Philip Kern commented
43 years experience Endocrinology
The thyroid disease and the eye disease of Graves disease run separate courses. The carbimazole may control the thyroid, but it will not help the eye disease.
Feb 24, 2013
Dr. Jeffrey Whitman
45 years experience Ophthalmology
See ophthalmologist: If the eye is protruding --see you endocrinologist immediately to see if you are on the right meds. Also see an ophthalmologist to monitor the situation as lubricants and even surgery can become necessary.
Answered on Feb 25, 2013

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