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Graves Disease Cause Puffy Bags Under Eyes
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 moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Graves' disease is an autoimmune disorder, meaning it is caused by antibodies directed against the thyroid. These antibodies "trick" the thyroid causing it to be stimulated into making more thyroid hormone than it is supposed to. That can lead to symptoms such as excess sweating, rapid heart rate, palpitations, tremors, frequent bowel movements and weight loss. In some cases prominence of the eyes can occur and be associated with blurry vision or diplopia. Anti-thyroid drugs or radioactive iodine ...Read more
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
Yes: There are many causes. See an oculoplastic surgeon for evaluation. Some of the causes are life-threatening. ...Read more
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?
Have graves disease&bulging eyes.Is there minor surgery i can have to reduce staring appearance&under eye bags?Orbital decompression seems drastic?
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
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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