FACT: The sooner TED is treated, the better. TED may cause serious eye damage.
Thyroid Eye Disease (TED) is an ongoing condition with 2 phases. If left untreated, TED may get worse over time.
Phase 1: “Acute” TED (also called “Active” TED)
During the “acute” phase, symptoms appear suddenly and can get worse quickly. Inflammation (redness and swelling) and scarring can start to damage your eyes. Because of this damage, you may notice symptoms like eye pain, redness, swelling, eye bulging, double vision, and misaligned eyes. The acute phase usually lasts between 6 months to 3 years.
Phase 2: “Chronic” TED (also called “Inactive” TED)
Over time, TED changes to the “chronic” phase where scarring and damage continue. During this phase, some symptoms may get better—like redness and swelling. But others may not go away—like eye bulging, double vision, misaligned eyes and eye pain. If left untreated, some symptoms may return, or “flare up.”
Spot TED symptoms, avoid serious damage
Keeping track of your symptoms––and talking with your doctor right away about any changes––can have a big impact. Speak up for the care you deserve.
Observe and track your TED symptoms