Surgery for Advanced Thyroid Conditions Miami
Thyroid Eye Disease is an autoimmune condition, separate from thyroid disease, which affects the tissues in and around the eye socket. Although it is often seen in conjunction with Graves’ Disease (hyperthyoidism), Thyroid Eye Disease can been seen in some patients with low or normal thyroid functioning conditions as well.
Signs and Symptoms of Thyroid Eye Disease:
- Pain in the eyes
- “Tightness” or pain when looking up, down, or to the side
- Dryness, itching, dry eyes, foreign body sensation
- Difficulty wearing contact lenses
- Inflammation and swelling of the eye, and the surrounding areas of the face
- Swelling in the orbital (eye socket) tissues, which can cause the eyes to be pushed forward giving the appearance of a wide-eyed stare or the eyes bulging
- Bloodshot appearance to eyes
- Double vision
- Blurry vision
Thyroid Eye Disease is known to be a condition that can go through varying degrees of severity, and can also go into periods of remission.
Treatments for Thyroid Eye Disease vary depending on the symptoms and severity of the condition. Many symptoms can be treated medically, while in some cases, surgical intervention may be necessary to preserve the health and safety of the eyes and vision. Dr. Lewen will be happy to answer any questions you may have about Thyroid Eye Disease and discuss the various treatment options that are most appropriate for your individual condition during your consultation.