Eye Conditions and Treatment
Thyroid Eye Disease is treated in the Neuro-Ophthalmology Service
Thyroid Eye Disease
The function of the thyroid gland is to secrete, or form, hormones that control a wide range of the body’s metabolic processes. Not enough hormone secretion results in hypothyroidism, which may cause fatigue, intolerance to cold, weight gain and dry skin. Too much secretion of hormone results in hyperthyroidism. Hyperthyroid persons may have heat intolerance, nervousness, weight loss and heart palpitations.
The combination of thyroid dysfunction and eye changes is called Graves’ disease or thyroid eye disease. The eye symptoms usually appear when thyroid hormone levels are too high but can occur when these levels are normal or below normal.
Signs and Symptoms
Treatment and Prevention
For a deeper understanding of the diagnosis and treatment plan for thyroid eye disease, see Thyroid Eye Disease Eye Facts.