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Quitting Smoking Improve Thyroid Eye Disease
Depends on severity: There are many components of graves orbitopathy. These include lidlag, lid retraction, conjunctival inflammation, extraocular muscle inflammation, proptosis, even blindness. Many of these get better following treatment of the thyroid, or after a course of steroids, or with surgery, and may resolve completely. Sometimes, a partial defect persists, but can be helped by special glasses. ...Read more
Smoking any tobacco product is harmful to your baby, including "light" cigarettes, cigars (and marijuana). Like any addiction, quitting tobacco is difficult, especially if you are acting alone. Most smokers find it hard to break all the habits or ties they've built into their lives around smoking. Quitting smoking does reduce a number of ...Read more
Whats the surgery?: There are several procedures commonly performed for thyroid eye disease- orbital decompression (to enlarge the socket), strablismus surgery (to allign the eyes), and lid surgery (to correct retraction) - usually performed in that order. Each could be a long discussion on it's own. It is often recommended to take a short course of corticosteroids after surgery to prevent reactivating the graves. ...Read more
Graves eye disease: Graves eye disease tends to run a separate course from the hyperthyroidism. Fixing the hyperthyroidism will improve the lid lag, which gives the appearance of a "stare". But the proptosis ("bugging out"), inflammation, swelling, double vision, may not improve. You should see a specialist, starting with an endocrinologist, to see if you should be on steroids, have surgery, or other treatments. ...Read more
What is it exactly that makes thyroid eye disease worse, is it the actual sensation of puffing on a cigarette or is it the nicotine.? Or both?
I was diagnosed with hyperthyroidism. I'm afraid i might get thyroid eye disease. Is there any way i could prevent my eyes from popping out?
Yes: Although thyroid-related eye disease runs a separate course from the thyroid disease itself, you can reduce your risk by not smoking and getting your thyroid disease under control. I also suggest consulting with an ophthalmologist who help monitor and treat this. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Please tell me if there is any effect of vitamin d deficiency on the risk of developing thyroid eye disease ?
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