The thyroid is part of the endocrine system that regulates the hormones in your body that are needed for sleep, libido, metabolism, emotions and many other aspects of your physical health and overall well-being. Thyroid disorders cause an imbalance of hormones, and your body does not function as well as it should. Dr. Lewen works with men and women who have thyroid conditions that cause dry eyes to help them find solutions.
What is Thyroid Eye Disease?
Dry eyes and other issues may be symptoms of a thyroid condition that causes you to have too many or too few hormones in your body. Some of the patients that Dr. Lewen works with do not realize that they have a thyroid disorder until he determines the root cause of their dry eyes. Thyroid eye disease can be difficult to diagnose because it not only causes dry eyes, but may also cause double vision, difficulty opening and closing the eyes, redness, watery eyes and bulging eyes. Although the exact cause of thyroid eye disease is not known, it is believed to be an autoimmune disorder.
How are Thyroid-Related Dry Eyes Diagnosed?
As an oculofacial plastic surgeon, Dr. Lewen has the expertise to examine the inner structures of your eyes and look for signs of thyroid eye disease, such as inflammation and irritation. Bags under the eyes may be another indication of the disorder. Lab tests may be recommended to check your thyroid hormone levels.
What is the Treatment for Thyroid Conditions that Cause Dry Eyes?
Dr. Lewen takes a comprehensive approach to treating dry eyes that are caused by thyroid disorders. Inflammation and pressure in the eye may be treated with ointment or eyedrops. In some cases, surgery is required to address bulging eyes and disorders of the eyelids. The most common type of surgery is orbital decompression. By removing fat and bone from the area where the eyeball sits in the socket (orbit), Dr. Lewen decreases the pressure on the eyeball and improves the way it rests within the orbit. You should also work with an endocrinologist to manage your thyroid condition and prevent future complications with your eyes and other organs.
Learn More About Thyroid Conditions That Cause Dry Eyes. Contact Lewen Cosmetic Surgery.
Dry eyes can be caused by several conditions, so you should be diagnosed by an oculofacial plastic surgeon who understands thyroid conditions and other conditions that affect the eyes. Contact Lewen Cosmetic Surgery to schedule a consultation.