Thyroid Eye Disease is an inflammatory condition which affects the orbital contents including the extraocular muscles and orbital fat. It is almost always associated with Graves’ disease (GD) but may rarely be seen in Hashimoto’s thyroiditis, primary hypothyroidism, or thyroid cancer. The ocular manifestations of Thyroid Eye Disease (TED) include soft tissue inflammation, eyelid retraction, proptosis, corneal exposure, and optic nerve compression.
The choices now-a-days, available for treating Thyroid Eye Disease and it’s symptoms like bulging eyes, double vision, and protruded eyes can be summarized as follows:
1. Cold compress on your eyes
2. Elevating head to relieve swelling
3. Flax seed oil/ Organic Flax seeds
4. Lubrication eye drops (avoid the one that are treating red eyes)
5. Lubrication ointments
6. Exercises to strengthen the eye muscles (included in my book “Life Manual for Graves’ Disease & Hyperthyroidism)
7. Humidifiers in your room
8. Wear good sunglasses that are really protecting your eyes (not the ones that you buy for $5, because they are not really protecting your eyes from anything)
9. Corrective surgery to loosen the eyelids
10. Decompression surgery
11. Steroids and prisms (to correct double vision)
The last 3 are used only in severe cases where nothing else can help.