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Thyroid Eye Disease
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    Thyroid Eye Disease

    Thyroid disease can be life-altering when it affects the eyes, as it typically becomes active at the age when patients are getting married, advancing in their careers, and planning their life goals. Thyroid eye disease in New Jersey can be disfiguring and debilitating and the condition needs close follow-up and expert treatment by an experienced orbital specialist to ensure an optimal outcome. Our goal is to help you achieve the function and cosmetic appearance you had before the onset of the disease.

    Before and after showing someone with thyroid eye disease in New Jersey who's eyes have been fixed.

    What is thyroid eye disease (TED)?

    Thyroid eye disease (TED), also known as Graves’ orbitopathy or Graves’ eye disease, is an autoimmune condition where the body’s immune system attacks the tissues around the eyes. This can lead to inflammation and a buildup of tissue and fat behind the eye, causing the eye to be pushed forward. The disease can affect the eye muscles, soft tissue, and eyelids, leading to symptoms like bulging eyes, double vision, dry eyes, pain behind the eyes, and swelling around the eyelids. In severe cases, it can also cause vision loss.

    How do I know if I have thyroid eye disease?

    If you have any of these symptoms, you should be evaluated promptly to determine if thyroid eye disease is the cause of your condition. A thorough history and clinical examination, along with bloodwork or a CT scan, is helpful in making the diagnosis. Most patients develop TED within 12 months of diagnosis of their systemic thyroid illness.

    What is orbital decompression?

    Before and after of eyes with thyroid eye disease in New Jersey that have been fixed.

    What are the available treatments?

    Surgery must be customized to your condition, and there is no “one-size-fits-all” approach. We will carefully listen to your concerns, and together, you will design a plan to address your particular problems. We also encourage you to bring old photos, to understand your facial structure before the thyroid eye disease started.

    A photo of eyes without thyroid eye disease in New Jersey.

    What can I expect afterward?

    Surgery for thyroid eye disease in New Jersey may be performed under general or twilight anesthesia. Following surgery, patients can expect bruising and swelling around the eyes for 1-2 weeks. While these symptoms can be uncomfortable, they are typically managed with minimal pain. Most patients are ready to return to formal social functions within six weeks post-surgery. Our goal is to help you regain the appearance and function you had before thyroid eye disease.
    Please follow these aftercare guidelines to ensure optimal results and recovery:

    • Rest as much as possible in the first few days post-surgery.
    • Keep your head elevated, even while sleeping, to reduce swelling.
    • Apply ice packs to the surgical area for the first 48 hours to minimize swelling and bruising.
    • Take all prescribed medications, including antibiotics and pain relievers, as directed.
    • Avoid non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) unless approved by your surgeon.
    • Avoid strenuous activities, heavy lifting, and bending over for at least two weeks.
    • Use lubricating eye drops as recommended to prevent dryness and discomfort.
    • Avoid rubbing or touching your eyes.
    • Attend all scheduled follow-ups to monitor your recovery and address any concerns.
    • Wear sunglasses to protect your eyes from sunlight and wind when outdoors.
    • Maintain a healthy diet and stay well-hydrated to support your body’s healing process.

    For further information on available options, book a consultation to explore potential treatments for thyroid eye disease in New Jersey.

    Thyroid Eye Disease FAQs

    What are the common symptoms of thyroid eye disease?

    Common symptoms include bulging eyes, double vision, dry eyes, pain behind the eyes, swelling and puffiness around the eyelids and eyebrows, and, in extreme cases, vision loss.

    How is thyroid eye disease diagnosed?

    Diagnosis involves a thorough history and clinical examination, blood tests to check thyroid function, and imaging tests such as a CT scan to assess the extent of tissue buildup.

    Can thyroid eye disease cause permanent vision loss?

    While rare, severe cases of thyroid eye disease can lead to permanent vision loss if not treated promptly. Early diagnosis and treatment are crucial in preventing this outcome.

    How long does thyroid eye disease typically last?

    The duration of thyroid eye disease in New Jersey varies. The active or inflammatory phase usually lasts 6 months to 2 years, after which the disease often stabilizes. However, the duration can be longer in some cases, requiring ongoing management.

    Are there any lifestyle changes that can help manage thyroid eye disease symptoms?

    Yes, certain lifestyle changes can help manage symptoms. These include quitting smoking, as smoking can worsen TED, maintaining a healthy diet, managing stress, and using lubricating eye drops to alleviate dryness.

    Before & After

    Someone who had thyroid eye disease in New Jersey.
    Before and after of someone with thyroid eye disease in New Jersey.

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