Thyroid Eye Disease
What is Thyroid Eye Disease?
Thyroid eye disease, or sometimes referred to as TED, is a condition where the muscles and tissue located behind the eyes become swollen. When this happens, the eyes can be pushed forward, causing the appearance of bulging eyes as they become inflamed and red in color. In certain cases, the muscles behind the eyes become so swollen and stiff that the eyes no longer are inline with each other leading to issues with double vision. In rare conditions, thyroid eye disease can even cause blindness due to the pressure on the nerve located in the back of the eye, or from ulcers developing on the front of the eyes.
Thyroid eye disease is caused when the body’s immune system attacks the area behind the eye causing inflammation, which is often related to an over-active thyroid due to Graves disease. To learn more about thyroid eye disease, we invite you to contact our Beverly Hills or Shanghai Shi office with any questions you may have.
Symptoms of Thyroid Eye Disease
- The appearence of ‘Bulging’ or ‘staring’ eyes
- Straining to move your eyes
- Dry or watery eyes
- Sensitivity to bright lights
- Swelling in upper eyelids
- Bags under the eyes
- Appearence of redness in the eyes and eyelids
- Blurred vision
- Double vision
- Experiencing pain or or behind the eye
What Our Patients Are Saying:
“I was fortunate to have been referred by my Ophthalmologist to Dr. Douglas, as I was experiencing symptoms of Thyroid Eye Disease. He diagnosed it right away, and then launched into treatment mode. Despite the fact that he is a brilliant physician, he is able to communicate and explain treatments for those of us who are experiencing fear and anxiety, and self esteem issues because of the disfiguring and debilitating nature of the disease.
He is kind, caring, and of course, knowledgeable. He is a skilled surgeon, and is able to make his patients feel comfortable and reassured. I recommend him to anyone who is experiencing the effects of Thyroid Eye Disease or any other issues that require the expertise of an oculoplastic surgeon.” -Sara B.