What Is Grave’s Disease?

Grave’s Disease is a disease that affects the immune system where the immune system is disrupted and overproduces thyroid hormones which is called hyperthyroidism. Many disorders can be caused by hyperthyroidism; however, Grave’s disease is typical. Though it can affect anyone, it is more common in people 40 years or younger.

What Are Some Common Symptoms Of Grave’s Disease? 

As Grave’s Disease results in hyperthyroidism, which releases extra thyroid hormones, there are bound to be severe cognitive and physical symptoms. Some of them are:

  • Mental anxiety and irritability
  • Tremor in the hands or fingers
  • Sensitivity to temperature, particularly heat which results in increased sweating
  • A goiter, or enlargement of the thyroid gland
  • Reduced libido
  • Frequent bowel movements
  • Fatigue and mental fog
  • Rapid or Irregular Heartbeats
  • Effects on sleep
  • Effects on menstrual cycle
  • Bulging eyes, or Grave’s ophthalmopathy

What Is Grave’s Ophthalmopathy?

Grave’s ophthalmopathy is a symptom of Grave’s disease and is typically manifested as bulging eyes. Due to immune system events, the muscles and tissues around the eyes are affected and give Grave’s disease its ‘pulled back eyelids’ appearance. Not everyone afflicted with Grave’s disease will also face Grave’s ophthalmopathy, in fact, the number is around 30% of people. Bulging eyes aren’t the only symptom of Grave’s ophthalmopathy. You may also suffer from gritty sensations in the eyes, pressure or pain, reddened and inflamed eyes, or even visual symptoms such as light sensitivity and vision loss.

Is There A Way To Treat The Bulging Eyes Associated With Grave’s Disease? 

Unfortunately, even after Grave’s disease is addressed, the bulging eyes associated with Grave’s disease can persist, sometimes for years. There is a chance they may go away, but if you’re looking to get your eyes back without waiting then go visit Dr. Daniel Tresley in Northbrook for trusted and professional care. Dr. Tresley has experience with Grave’s ophthalmopathy and will utilize his expertise and a myriad of ways to restore your eyelids’ natural resting position. If you’re looking to recover from the ocular symptoms of Grave’s disease, don’t waste time batting your eyelashes! Call Dr. Tresley at 847-291-6900!

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