Thyroid Eye Disease
Abnormalities of the eye relating to the thyroid most commonly occur in patients with overactive thyroid, though they can occur with all types of thyroid abnormalities including underactive thyroid and those with normal thyroid function. The eye involvement results from enlargement of the eye muscles and expansion of fat in the eye socket, leading to eyelid and orbital (eye socket) disease.
Eyelid abnormalities appear as retraction of the upper and/or lower eyelids. Expansion of muscle and fat in the eye socket can cause the eyes to appear larger and bulge in appearance. Some patients experience tearing, light sensitivity and double vision. In rare instances where there is poor eyelid closure and/or pressure on the optic nerve, there can be vision loss. Symptoms of early thyroid eye disease can be vague and difficult to diagnose. There are various medical and surgical treatments for patients with this condition, and treatment also requires addressing the underlying thyroid dysfunction.
Dr. Mahsa Sohrab has extensive experience in the treatment of thyroid eye disease, serving patients in Westchester County, NY and Greenwich, CT. Call today for your consultation at 914-505-6359 or complete a consultation request.