If you have Graves’ disease and eye symptoms, it could be Thyroid Eye Disease (TED)
Up to 50% of people with Graves’ disease will develop a different condition called TED that requires different treatment
TED is a potentially vision-threatening condition that can get worse over time. It is recommended to get treatment for TED as early as possible to prevent serious damage.
Could it be Thyroid Eye Disease?
Thyroid Eye Disease (TED) is an autoimmune disorder. That means your immune system mistakenly attacks the muscle and fat tissue behind your eyes. This causes inflammation (redness and swelling) and scar tissue to form.
Thyroid Eye Disease vs. Graves’ disease
Thyroid Eye Disease (TED) and Graves' disease are both autoimmune disorders. While TED often develops in people who have Graves' disease, they are different conditions. That's why they require different doctors and different treatments. Graves' disease affects the thyroid. TED affects the muscle and fat behind the eyes.
What are the symptoms of Thyroid Eye Disease?
Thyroid Eye Disease (TED) can cause many changes to your eyes. Some of the signs and symptoms include:
Dry, gritty eyes
Eye pain and eye pressure
Swollen, puffy eyelids
Information about these two conditions can be confusing, so it is important to assess your risk for developing TED.
Early TED treatment can help prevent serious eye damage. The longer TED goes untreated, the more likely it is for serious damage to happen to your eyes. The earlier you start treatment for your TED, the better.
Ophthalmologists specializing in Thyroid Eye Disease
Unlike other eye doctors, TED Eye Specialists have the experience to provide you with the care you need. TED is a rare eye condition. That’s why you shouldn’t visit just any eye doctor, also called an ophthalmologist. You should see a TED Eye Specialist.
While there are about 20,000 ophthalmologists in the US, most are not considered TED Eye Specialists. Many TED Eye Specialists have advanced training.