How Can Thyroid Eye Disease Affect My Eyes?

Q:

How can thyroid eye disease affect a patient’s eyes?

A:

Commonly thyroid eye disease (TED) affects a patient’s eyes by causing signs of dry eye watering, soreness, and grittiness. You may also become more sensitive to bright lights which make your eyes uncomfortable.

TED causes changes to the appearance of your eyes. The eyelids may become puffy and red. It is much more obvious right after you wake up in the morning. You upper eyelid can rise higher. This symptom is known as eyelid retraction. The soft tissues behind your eyeball swell, so your eyes are pushed forward by them, developing the sign called exophthalmos. When you move your eyes, your eye sockets may become painful.

These symptoms together may cause some changes to your vision. The muscles that move the eyeball become swollen, causing double vision.

 

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