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What is Thyroid Eye Disease?

Thyroid eye disease (Graves eye disease) is an autoimmune disorder, where the eyes are affected adversely in those with thyroid disease. It can cause a range of symptoms:

  • Bulgy eyes (proptosis)
  • Wet eyes or dry eyes with redness and irritation
  • Eyelids may look puffy or have “baggy eyes”
  • Lower lid pulls down and upper eyelid pulls up (eyelid retraction)
  • Eye pressure
  • Double vision

Treatment may involve supportive therapy, medication and/or surgery (including orbital decompression, strabismus surgery, eyelid retraction surgery, and/or blepharoplasty). Dr. Taban is a board certified oculoplastic surgeon with the expertise and experience to treat thyroid eye disease and its various manifestations.