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A 53-year-old female asked:

Had graves' disease 28 years ago, now hypothyroidism. my eyes get a lot of pressure behind them. eyelids open during the night. painful.

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Dr. Gary Reiter
Specializes in Ophthalmology
Ointments: With hypothyroidism, your metabolism slows and your mucous can be dry and thickened which frequently blocks the ostia of your sinuses. These small openings connect to the atmosphere. Blocking them raises the pressure in your sinuses and gives you that feeling behind your eyes. Not closing your eyes all the way for sleep, or lagophthalmos, can be treated with Genteal Gel or Refresh PM before bed.
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Last updated Jul 24, 2017

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