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2 plastic surgeons say can't do eyelid surgery 4 my bulging eyes&undereye bags of graves disease but dr on this site say it's possible. Can it be done?

2 plastic surgeons say can't do eyelid surgery 4 my bulging eyes&undereye bags of graves disease but dr on this site say it's possible. Can it be done?

Yes, it can be done: You need to see an oculoplastic surgeon. We deal exclusively with the eyelids and eye sockets and we are ophthalmologists. We typically follow patients with graves eye disease. There are several surgical options for graves patients, including orbital decompression, eye muscle surgery and eyelid surgeries for both eyelid retraction and bagginess. Go to asoprs. Org to find a surgeon in your area. ...Read more

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Need on advice on how I can hide the puffy bags under my eyes when I have graves disease?

Need on advice on how I can hide the puffy bags under my eyes when I have graves disease?

Options: Well, first of all there is surgery, however is the graves dz is not controlled, then the bags will come back. Other options include make-up, sunglasses or tinted glasses. If you happen to be near-sighted, then you are in luck because near-sighted glasses have a tendency to shrink the orbit area appearance, so if you get larger lenses, the bags will be muck harder to see. ...Read more

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What conditions other than graves' disease that cause bulging eyes?

Genetics.: Some people have shallow orbits giving the appearance bulging eyes. Some lid features also run in families and give the appearance of bulging eyes. If only one eye s involved a tumorbehind the eye can push it out.... ...Read more

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Can you tell me if there are conditions other than graves' disease that cause bulging eyes?

Can you tell me if there are conditions other than graves' disease that cause bulging eyes?

Yes: There are many causes. See an oculoplastic surgeon for evaluation. Some of the causes are life-threatening. ...Read more

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What's the main difference between an ophthalmologist and an optometrist? I just know that an ophthalmologist is a md. If I was recently diagnosed with hyperthyroidism (with graves disease being the likely cause), which one am I suppose to see? My eyes

What's the main difference between an ophthalmologist and an optometrist? I just know that an ophthalmologist is a md. If I was recently diagnosed with hyperthyroidism (with graves disease being the likely cause), which one am I suppose to see? My eyes

In: In this case it makes sense to see an ophthalmologist who is an md and is trained in both the medical and surgical treatment of eye diseases. In your case, may may need to see a subspecialist known as an oculo-plastic specialist. ...Read more

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Have graves disease&bulging eyes. Is there minor surgery I can have to reduce staring appearance&under eye bags? Orbital decompression seems drastic?

Have graves disease&bulging eyes. Is there minor surgery I can have to reduce staring appearance&under eye bags? Orbital decompression seems drastic?

Graves: The eyelids can be adjusted to reduce the cosmetic effect of thyroid eye disease. Depending on the severity, you may be able to avoid orbital decompression. ...Read more

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Can graves disease cause temporary blindess in one eye?

Yes, URGENT: If you have temporary blindness from graves disease, you may have compressive optic neuropathy. This is a very urgent problem, seek evaluation immediately, otherwise the eye may go blind permanently. ...Read more

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What can cause sudden blurry vision in right eye? Is it related to my history of graves disease?

What can cause sudden blurry vision in right eye? Is it related to my history of graves disease?

Possibly: Hi. Sudden eye/vision changes should be evaluated promptly by an ophthalmologist. Please do not delay. Vision is too precious to jeopardize. ...Read more

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I was told I have graves disease. How do I treat the protruding eyes?

I was told I have graves disease. How do I treat the protruding eyes?

Graves eye disease: First you need to get the hyperactive thyroid fixed, as that may improve your eyes. Then a careful assessment by an ophthalmologist who works on this. Sometimes surgery is needed, sometimes not. Sometimes a course of steroids helps. Sometimes the eyes protrude, but sometimes it is the lid that is retracted, giving the appearance of protrusion. ...Read more

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If I have graves disease will my eyes bulge? Will meds prevent bulging?

Probably Not X 2: Two findings in Graves Disease are proptosis, wide opening of the eyes, which goes away with treatment and exophthalmos, thickening of the muscles behind the eyes causing the eyes to bulge. It results from the same antibodies that cause the thyroid problem attaching to the muscles. It usually happens at the time of disease flair, but can happen after tx! RAI has largest risk (prevent w/steroids). ...Read more

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Will bulging eyes from graves disease ever go back to normal?

Will bulging eyes from graves disease ever go back to normal?

Sometimes: Sometimes if early and treated well they will be fine, other times you might require surgical intervention. Talk with your endoctrinologist. ...Read more

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Does having graves disease mean my eyes'll pop out?

No: Thyroid eye disease can make the eyes bulge forward due to inflammation of the eye muscles, but treatment usually makes them recede. If not, surgical decompression can be performed. ...Read more

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Is it possible for anyone to figure out why my eyes are bulging but I do not have graves' disease?

Is it possible for anyone to figure out why my eyes are bulging but I do not have graves' disease?

Bulging eyes: Could be normal for you. If you are concerned, then see an ophthalmologist or orbital specialist (oculoplastic surgeon) for a consultation. ...Read more

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I think my eye sight is getting worse, anytime I read my eyes go blurry, it happened since I had graves' disease? Could it be related to the disease?

I think my eye sight is getting worse, anytime I read my eyes go blurry, it happened since I had graves' disease? Could it be related to the disease?

Possibly: Your symptoms sounds as if your eyes are drying up as you are reading, and the dryness is causing your blurred vision. This can be related to your grave's disease as a thyroid condition can lead to dry eyes from a variety of mechanisms. You can try otc artificial tears and see if it helps, but you should really be evaluated by your eye md. ...Read more

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I have very bad baggy eyes due to graves disease, will they ever get better, I hate them I haven't gone out socially in 2 years because I feel awful?

I have very bad baggy eyes due to graves disease, will they ever get better, I hate them I haven't gone out socially in 2 years because I feel awful?

There is much...: Graves disease is quite variable in its presentation and can wax and wane. After two years, you are unlikely to have any major spontaneous resolution. However, there is a great deal that can be done by an experienced oculoplastic surgeon to improve most patients. A person should seek help and not get discouraged. Take a look at these before and after photos. ...Read more

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My mother has graves disease which has affected the eyes. What can she do?

My mother has graves disease which has affected the eyes. What can she do?

Several options: There are several treatment options available. For mild cases, eye drops or lubricants can alleviate dryness and irritation. Other options for more severe cases include steroid pills, radiation to the eyes, surgery to correct double vision or to correct bulging eyes. ...Read more

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I think I have graves disease, will my eyes pop out?

I think I have graves disease, will my eyes pop out?

Sometimes: Graves disease is the association of thyroid hyperactivity with eye protrusion although each aspect can occur independently. The bulging of the eyes is unpredictable; some have it mild but others severe in a manner that can be a cosmetic problem, cause visual doubling, corneal surface problems from exposure and loss of vision if very severe. You should seen an oculoplastic surgeon for this. ...Read more

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Can graves disease always affect the eyes, and can it be cured?

Graves eye disease: Most patients with graves have no or only minimal eye disease. Graves eye disease runs a different course from the hyperthyroidism. It can appear years after the thyroid has been fixed. Graves eye disease has a wide range of severity, and can be difficult to treat in severe cases. Steroids and/or surgery are used. ...Read more

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My eyes have been sore for 2 weeks now, thier red, having double vision, can't study properly, could it be linked to graves' disease?

My eyes have been sore for 2 weeks now, thier red, having double vision, can't study properly, could it be linked to graves' disease?

Graves' disease: Yes, you can develop changes in the eye socket associated with graves' disease called graves orbitopathy. Enlargement of the eye muscles can lead to double vision and inflammation in the eye socket and around the eyes and protrusion of the eyeballs can lead to redness, ocular dryness and irritation. ...Read more

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Had Graves' disease 28 years ago, now hypothyroidism. My eyes get a lot of pressure behind them. Eyelids open during the night. Painful.

Had Graves' disease 28 years ago, now hypothyroidism. My eyes get a lot of pressure behind them. Eyelids open during the night. Painful.

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. ...Read more

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Hi doc. Do I need to see an opthalmologist for. My bulging eyes? I was diagnoses with graves disease and taking methimaxole for almost one mobth alread

Hi doc. Do I need to see an opthalmologist for. My bulging eyes? I was diagnoses with graves disease and taking methimaxole for almost one mobth alread

Yes: You need a thorough ophthalmologic examination to establish your baseline as well as to treat anything that is apparent from your examination findings. Furthermore, graves' disease management is a multidisciplinary approach involving usually an endocrinologist, ophthalmologist ;#40;strabismologist, oculoplastic, general;#41;, and occasionally a radiation oncologist. And yes, stop smoking! ...Read more

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What percentage of patients with Graves disease develop eye problems? Will there be any eye issues if the disease is treated early on?

What percentage of patients with Graves disease develop eye problems? Will there be any eye issues if the disease is treated early on?

Grave's: Grave's disease does not often result in eye problems if treatment is OK. That said, any concern you might have regarding your eyes please contact both your thyroid doctor and an eye doctor.
I suspect all will be well!
Please let me know what develops. ...Read more

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Does anyone with graves disease automatically develops thyroid eye disease?

No: It can happen, but is relatively uncommon -- less than 1/3 of the time. If you're successfully treated, the chances of developing graves' eye disease generally decline the longer you remain normal after treatment. ...Read more

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How is eye sight affected by graves disease?

Exophthalmos: Classic graves disease case protruding eyeball anteriorly out of the eye socket, this called exophthalmos. Besides dyscomfort, cause corneal dryness and demage. In very advanced case can cause compression of the optic nerve or ophthalmic artery, which can affect the patient's eyesight. ...Read more

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Dears, what is success rate of surgery for eye graves disease? Is it safe? Is it common surgery?

Grave's Eye Disease: Graves eye disease also called thyroid related orbitopathy (tro) can be serious vision threatening in some patients. We perform surgery based on the stage of the tro. In the active stage we usually use pharmacotherapy and when the disease is stable, we consider surgical options. Surgical options include only eyelid surgery, only orbital decompression (fatty and/or bony), and/or muscle surgery. ...Read more