Is Thyroid Eye Disease permanent? Hi everyone in this article I will be talking about signs and symptoms of Thyroid Eye Diseases and causes. What are some effects it can cause and some things you can do to ease some of the symptoms. Our thyroid controls so many things in our bodies, from nerves to skin, eyes, hair, nails, heart, moods, anxiety, rapid heart beat, feeling tired all the time, gaining weight, loosening weight, bones, how our mind functions, memory, forgetting things, confused, dry skin, how we sleep, feeling cold all the time, joints aching, there are so many thyroid symptoms we could be here for a while, but I will get back to the topic at hand. (Lol) Signs Thyroid Disease and our eyes is what I’m talking about in this article, so let’s get started shall we?
Can Thyroid Disease Affect Your Eyes
Thyroid Eye Disease is a condition where your eye muscles, tear glands, eyelids, and the fatty tissues behind your eyes become inflamed. This can cause your eyes and eyelids to become swollen and uncomfortable and your eyes could start to bulge. Bulging eyes is a common symptom in the autoimmune thyroid disease called Graves Disease.
Autoimmune diseases can affect every inch of your body, from your joints and nerves to your eyes. Your immune system attacks the blood vessels and inflames them in the back of your eye on the retina and this can affect your vision.
This disease is called (TED) Thyroid Eye Disease and it can cause these symptoms: your eyes to feel grittiness and irritated, inflammation, swelling of your eyelids, dry eyes, sensitivity to light, blurred vision, double vision, watery eyes, red eyes, and bulging eyes where it makes it hard to close your eyes.
This is an autoimmune disease and steroids given by a physician can help relieve most of these symptoms. Thyroid Eye Disease if left untreated your symptoms may decrease over time but can cause vision problems in the long run. Researchers say that 10 percent of patients are resistant to steroids thus making it difficult to treat this autoimmune disease in patients that are resistant to steroids.
Treatments For Thyroid Eye Disease
There are several treatments for Thyroid Eye Disease if you have a mild case you can use over the counter eye drops or artificial tears to help soothe your eyes from this autoimmune disease. You can put them in several times a day. In a more severe case your doctor can prescribe you Corticosteroids like Prednisone to help reduce the swelling of your eyes.
Here is a list of things you can do to help with Thyroid Eye Disease:
1. Use lubricating eyedrops
2. Elevate the head of your bed
3. Wear sunglasses to reduce the sensitivity to light
4. Apply cool compresses to your eyes my opinion warm compresses work as well
5. Eye surgery
6. Prisms: if you’re having problems with double vision your doctor can prescribe glasses to help fix this problem
7. Eyelid surgery and Eye muscle surgery
List Of Diseases That Can Affect Your Eyes
There are many diseases that can affect your eyes and Thyroid Disease is one of them. Here is a list of other diseases that can affect your eyes as well.
2. Rheumatoid Arthritis
3. Multiple Sclerosis (MS)
4. Behcet disorder this is an autoimmune disease
5. Reiter’s syndrome
7. Sjögren’s syndrome
Will Thyroid Eye Disease Get Better
The answer to this question is yes. Thyroid Eye Disease in the first 6 to 12 months may worsen, after that your disease should improve or become stable. It can take a few years though for the inflammation to go away completely.
A Little Tip
If you are feeling tired and you’re getting rest but still can’t shake that feeling of being tired all the time or you hands and feet feel cold all the time or maybe you are starting to gain weight all of a sudden. These are some signs thyroid disease might be happening to you, but if you don’t think it’s that severe yet for a doctor’s appointment you can try maybe changing your diet or taking some vitamins and supplements to see if that can help because maybe your just missing something simple like that and you can reverse the affect of your thyroid malfunctioning on your own.
Advice To My Readers
If you have any signs thyroid disease can wreak havoc on our bodies and most of us don’t think that it is our thyroid that is causing the problem. Thyroid Eye Disease is very uncomfortable in mild cases and in severe cases it is very painful, so I hope you seek help from a physician because it can ease this autoimmune disease and if it’s not severe you can usually treat this with over the counter eye drops to help soothe your discomfort. If you have any questions or comments please leave them at the bottom of this article and I will get back with you. Thank you for reading until next time.
P.S. If you have any suggestions on a thyroid disease that you want me to write about let me know and I will post an article on it. Thanks again