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Is it possible to fully recover from thyroid eye disease?

Is it possible to fully recover from 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

Dr. Dean Giannone
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Smoking Cessation (Definition)

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


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I have thyroid eye disease. How to reduce puffiness around the eyes?

I have thyroid eye disease. How to reduce puffiness around the eyes?

Make sure: Thyroid level is normal. Some eye doctors use steroids (cortisone) but they generally only help while you're taking them and have many potential adverse side effects. Check w/your eye doctor. ...Read more

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Can you give me suggestions on eye surgery after thyroid eye disease?

Can you give me suggestions on eye surgery after thyroid eye disease?

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

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Could thyroid eye disease cure itself once hormone levels are balanced?

Could thyroid eye disease cure itself once hormone levels are balanced?

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

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Anyone see a baby that suffered from thyroid eye disease grave's disease?

Anyone see a baby that suffered from thyroid eye disease grave's disease?

Very rare: It is possible that a baby born to a mother with thyrotoxicosis and hyperthyroidism could have thyroid eye disease and graves ophthalmopathy. It is very rare and the anti thyroid antibodies would have to attack the baby's thyroid in the womb for this to happen. ...Read more

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Does anyone with graves disease automatically develops thyroid eye disease?

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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What are the symptoms of thyroid eye disease?

What are the symptoms of thyroid eye disease?

Blurred vision: Signs can include isolated or singular items to grouped ones. They include one or both bulging eyes, red swollen eyes, pain moving one or both eyes, double vision, eye pain, can't close eyes, loss of eyebrows, blurred vision and any combination(s). ...Read more

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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?

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 more

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