Thyroid Eye Disease (Graves’ Disease)

Grave’s Disease is a common disease affecting adults, especially women under 40 years old. This condition involves abnormal antibodies that cause an excess production of thyroid hormone and also attacks the soft tissues in the orbit. This leads to bulging of the eyes, retracted eyelids and double vision. Loss of vision can also result from Graves’ Disease.

To successfully treat Graves’ Disease, surgeons must wait until the patient’s eye symptoms have become stable. Once the eyes have stabilized, our specialists can perform surgery to help ease patients’ pain and discomfort.

Eyelid & Facial Consultants aims to make every patient feel comfortable and secure. If you have any questions or concerns or would like more information, please call (504) 895-3223 to set up a consultation with one of our specialists.

Frequently Asked Questions:

What is Graves' Disease?
Who gets Graves' Disease?
What type of doctor takes care of patients with Graves' Disease?
Do all patients with thyroid gland problems develop problems with the eyes?
Do all patients with Graves’ eye problems have abnormalities of the thyroid gland?

Graves’ Eye Disease

Can Graves’ disease cause loss of vision?
Does Graves’ eye disease affect both eyes?
How does Graves’ disease cause double vision?
How does Graves’ disease damage the cornea?
How does Graves’ disease damage the optic nerve?
How do I know if Graves' Disease is affecting my vision?
How is the diagnosis of Graves' Eye Disease made?
What is Type I and Type II Grave’s Eye Disease?

Staging Graves’ Disease

What are the stages of Graves' Disease?
Why is staging of Graves' Disease important?
How do I know if I am in the active inflammatory stage of the disease?

Treatment of Graves’ Disease: Ascending or active inflammatory stage

What can be done to reduce the symptoms of dry eye or feeling like I have sand in my eyes?
What role does prednisone or steroid pills play during the active and inflammatory stage of the disease?
Will radiating my thyroid gland improve my eye symptoms during the active inflammatory stage of the disease?
Will radiating my eye sockets help my eye symptoms during the active inflammatory stage of the disease?
What role do orbital injections of steroid play during the active inflammatory stage of the disease?
What role do intravenous steroid injections or pulsed dose intravenous steroid injections play in the management of the active inflammatory stage of the disease?

Treatment of Graves’ Disease: Stable stage

What role do medications or eye drops play during the stable stage of the disease?
Do all patients with Graves' Eye disease require surgery?
What problems might be improved with surgery?
If a patient has protruding eyes, widely open eyes, and double vision can all of these problems be addressed with a single surgery?
What are the indications for performing orbital decompression surgery?
What are the indications for performing surgery for widely open eyes or eyelid retraction?
What are the indications for strabismus surgery?
Are their risk involved in surgery for Graves’ disease?
Will my insurance company pay for reconstructive surgery for Graves’ disease?
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3715 Prytania St, Suite 504
New Orleans, LA 70115
Tel: 504-895-3223
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10423 Old Hammond Hwy, Suite 1-A
Baton Rouge, LA 70816
Tel: 225-522-2233
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