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Thyroid Eye Disease (TED) 

Thyroid Eye Disease (TED) is an auto-immune disease associated with Graves’ Disease and is the most common cause of Thyroid Eye Disease (TED).  Inflammation of the orbital tissues and the extraocular muscles is responsible for the disorder.  Exophthalmos or proptosis (protrusion of the eyes) causes a fixed stare with painful, itchy, weeping eyes and restriction of eye movement sometimes with double vision.  However TED can also occur in patients without the development of hyperthyroidism and can also affect only one eye. 

Thyroid Eye Disease (TED) is made worse by the patient smoking.  

There are many different treatments available for Thyroid Eye Disease (TED), depending on individual symptoms.  Treatments range from diuretics, immunosuppressive drugs, synthetic cortisone medications, specially prescribed glasses, and in some cases surgery or radiotherapy.

The care by your treating Endocrinologist together with a specialist Opthalmologist is highly recommended. Regular monitoring is essential by both specialists and should be encouraged.

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