Innovation in the Area of Graves’ Disease
- Posted on: Jan 15 2018
When the autoimmune disease affects the thyroid gland, we often see a change in the soft tissue around the eyes. The reason for this correlation between thyroid disease and ocular metamorphosis is not well understood at this time. Just as we have more to learn about autoimmune conditions in general, we have a way to go in understanding how particular conditions affect the body. For now, our primary objective is to treat conditions such as Graves’ disease.
Thyroid eye disease is usually seen in women between the ages of 20- and 40-years-old. Occasionally, a man may present with the telltale eye-bulging of this condition. Graves’ disease is a form of hyperthyroidism, in which too much thyroid hormone is produced. When the thyroid gland is overactive, the body’s processes speed up. Before changes in the eyes, patients may notice symptoms including anxiety and other mood disruption, heart palpitations, and weight loss. The general symptoms of Graves’ disease may be easier to manage compared to the changes that affect the eyes, also referred to as proptosis.
Historically, thyroid eye disease has required surgical intervention to reduce the appearance of bulging. Orbital decompression surgery is typically performed on an outpatient basis and is intended to reinstate proper positioning of the eyes. This procedure works by minimizing the posterior bone or fatty structure that is pressing the eyeballs outward. In some cases, orbital decompression surgery is necessary to achieve the desired outcome. However, recent advances in medicine have brought new options for treating proptosis.
Fillers to the Rescue
Proptosis presents obvious cosmetic concerns and also increases the risk of chronic eye irritation due to more of the ocular surface being exposed. Dermal fillers may be used to decrease the cosmetic impact of bulging, as well as other symptoms. As experts in the treatment of thyroid eye disease, our physicians have the necessary insight to use filler products appropriately in cases of mild to moderate proptosis. Our technique may involve treating both the upper and the lower lids with an appropriate filler and may coincide with surgery, depending on need.
Why Choose The International Orbital Institute?
We have centered our practice on proven and innovative ways to help patients with thyroid eye disease regain confidence and comfort. Our physicians recognize the unique nature of conditions like Graves’ disease and provide care that revolves around each patient.
If you are struggling with the effects of thyroid eye disease, we would love to help you so that you can feel like yourself again. Call (310) 657-4354 to schedule your consultation in our Beverly Hills office.
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