What is Graves disease and how can the noticeable signs be treated?

diagnostic center making ultrasound thyroid gland test.Dr. Daniel Tresley of Northbrook, IL, is a board-certified ophthalmologist who provides patients with a wide range of facial procedures. This includes cosmetic treatments for conditions such as exophthalmos and issue closely related in patients with Graves disease. Take time to learn more about this condition, the autoimmune disorder that causes it, and ways to address bulging and irritated eyes.

Understanding Graves disease with Dr. Daniel Tresley

Graves disease is an autoimmune disorder that results in the overproduction of thyroid hormone by the thyroid gland. This can lead to a number of symptoms, including weight loss, anxiety, irritability, and difficulty sleeping. Graves disease is the most common cause of hyperthyroidism, or an overactive thyroid, and can be diagnosed by a medical professional through physical evaluation and testing.

Changes in the eyes with Graves disease

One of the most noticeable signs of Graves disease is the bulging of the eyes. This is known as exophthalmos and results from the infiltration of thyroid hormone into the tissues around the eyes. The changes in the eyes can also result in tearing, dryness, irritation, and vision changes–in addition to the appearance of wide open or protruding eyes. Dr. Daniel Tresley is a board-certified ophthalmologist who can provide Northbrook, IL, area patients with a more relaxed appearance and help them combat the changes in the eyes’ positioning and widening.

How can a plastic surgeon provide treatment for exophthalmos?

A plastic surgeon can provide treatments to help improve the appearance of exophthalmos and improve symptoms and function. One standard treatment is surgery to remove excess tissue around the eyes. This can help reduce pressure on the eye and improve vision. Other treatments include injectable fillers or botulinum toxin injections to help improve the appearance of bulging eyes.

Find out your options for exophthalmos treatment!

If you or someone you know has Graves disease and is struggling with changes in their appearance, contact a board-certified ophthalmologist to discuss your treatment options. Dr. Daniel Tresley is experienced in treating patients with Graves disease and can help you achieve a more rested, relaxed, and refreshed appearance. Schedule a consultation today by calling 847-291-6900.

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