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How Dp Graves Dease Affect The Eyes
Variety of ways: Graves disease can cause bulging of the eyes, which can lead to dry eye and damage to the ocular surface. The eye muscles can become inflamed leading to double vision. And, in the worst cases, the bulging and inflammation can compress the optic nerve leading to vision loss. Controlling the thyroid hormone levels does not always correlate with eye symptoms. Need to see an eye doc to monitor. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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
Graves Orbitopathy: Some cells in your eye socket share antigens (portions of proteins that immune cells recognize) with thyroid cells. So when your immune system attacks your thyroid, there is cross reaction with tissue in the eye socket, which causes proptosis (bulging eyes), double vision, dryness, swelling, and eyelid retraction, and uncommonly vision loss. This is from inflammation, and scarring in the orbit. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Many don't: About 50% of people with graves' disease (gd) can have eye changes apparent to their doctors, but only about 3-5% of people with gd will have severe symptoms which require treatment beyond soothing eye drops or lubricants. Smoking is a major risk factor, and quitting smoking can improve the eyes by itself, or allow other treatments to work better. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Yes: Grave's disease causes "bulging eyes" also called proptosis as the tissues around the eyes (the extraocular muscles and orbital fat) become inflamed and infiltratedwith cells and protein, the eyes are displaced forward in the orbit. The eyelids can also become retracted adding to the appearance. Patients get dry eye and corneal problems in addition to double vision. Controliing thyroid helps. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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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