Thyroid Eye Disease
Thyroid eye disease (a condition of Gravesí disease or hyperthyroidism) causes the eyes to bulge forward and the eye aperture to widen. It can lead to double vision, swelling around the eyes, discomfort, and in severe cases loss of vision. The initial (active) phase of thyroid eye disease involves frequent swelling of tissues around the eyes, double vision, and even reduction in vision in severe cases. Active phase is treated with medications (commonly Steroids) to reduce the swelling. Fortunately, the active phase of most thyroid eye disease patients ends in 18-24 months. However, the deformities (raised eyelid, prominent eyeball, or squint) may persist, and require surgery in the second (inactive) phase.
Decompression surgery, eyelid surgery, and eye muscle (squint) surgery is performed during the inactive phase. Your specialist will evaluate you t ofind out which phase you are in, and plan your treatment accordingly. Health insurance will cover the costs of medical treatment and reconstructive surgery for thyroid eye disease.
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