What Is Thyroid Eye Disease?

What is thyroid eye disease?

Be Eye Wise and learn that a dysfunctional thyroid can have many side effects on your body, including your eyes. When the thyroid is overactive or underactive, it triggers your immune system to enlarge the muscles that move the eye (thyroid eye disease).

Symptoms of thyroid eye disease can be:

  • Bulging of the eyes.
  • Double vision.
  • Redness of the eye.
  • Retraction of the eyelids.
  • Difficulty closing the eyes.
  • Irritation.
  • Sensitivity to light.
  • Decreased vision.

Treating thyroid eye disease:

Like other autoimmune diseases, thyroid eye disease may come and go on its own without treatment. Although it causes an acute inflammatory episode, symptoms may persist for years or indefinitely. The goal of any thyroid eye disease treatment is to improve the symptoms of the disease while stabilizing the thyroid’s functioning. Northwest Eye doctors will help you overcome the debilitating symptoms of this disease with thyroid eye disease treatment options such as:

  • Lubricating drops and ointment to relieve irritation.
  • Eyelid surgery to help your eyes close.
  • Eye realignment to improve double vision.
  • Steroid medications to minimize enlarged eye muscles.
  • Radiation therapy to minimize enlarged eye muscles.
  • Eye surgery to increase the size of the eye’s socket and reduce pressure on the optic nerve.


To learn all you can about thyroid eye disease, please schedule an appointment with a Northwest Eye doctor. Because the more you know, the better you see.

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