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Thyroid Eye Disease


One of the most common thyroid diseases is hyperthyroidism, in which there is an overproduction of thyroid hormones. may experience some complications in relation to the eye. When this occurs it is called thyroid eye disease. Eye problems are most commonly caused by abnormal swelling of the soft tissues surrounding the eyes, and enlargement of the muscles that move the eyes and open the eyelids. As a result, the eyes may protrude forward, there may be retraction of the upper eyelids which forces the lids apart, there is an inability to fully close the eyelids, and an abnormally large amount of the front of the eyes is exposed. This results in wide prominent eyes, a fixed staring expression, and infrequent blinking of the eyelids.

There are surgical options available to those with thyroid eye disease, as well as medical intervention options to alleviate the swelling. Contact your doctor at Minnesota Eye Consuants - Oculoplastics to schedule a consultation.