10 Ways to Improve Your Thyroid Eye Disease (TED)

Thyroid Eye Disease and Its HealingThyroid 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.

2 responses to this post.

  1. Adding to all your correct instruction, many like myself have found extreme relief from BOTOX injections – Graves’ Eye Disease. also can lead to Focal Dystonia, which allows for little control of lid functionality and is far safer than surgery if that can be an option as I wish I had had 30-odd yrs ago before having to go go the surgical and decompression routes that were not successful by any means – botox has been a focal saviour for my lids, ocular interventions successful 6 monthly. Consult your specialist before undertaking any new regime, and make sure you know all your options available for you – you are the expert of your own conditon – this and all books and columns talk generally. Sharon Levin http//:www.fibromyalgiasa.co.za


    • Posted by heather on September 15, 2011 at 7:32 pm

      what extreme does it have to be in order to get the botox? and what exactly does it do, like where does it go?? can i get this treatment at the endocarnoligsts office???


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