What is Graves disease?

Patients who have been diagnosed with Graves disease may be unsure as to how this condition affects their appearance. This autoimmune disease can cause hyperthyroidism, which is the overproduction of hormones in the thyroid. With this disease, patients often experience changes to their eyelids and the appearance of their eyes, which can cause patients to feel self-conscious about their facial appearance. With the help of a trained and experienced oculoplastic surgeon, patients can address these noticeable changes with surgical interventions.

What are the symptoms of hyperthyroidism

When it comes to the eyes, patients who may be dealing with hyperthyroidism may notice the following issues:

  • Dry eyes
  • Irritation of the eyes
  • Excessive tearing
  • Visual changes or loss
  • Lid retraction (resulting in a staring appearance)
  • Eye protrusion (exophthalmus)

What treatment options are available for those with Graves disease/hyperthyroidism?

Patients with changes to their eyes caused by Graves disease are encouraged to speak to a provider about the surgical procedures that can help bring their eyes back to their proper appearance using a myriad of techniques. Depending on the severity of the condition and the patient’s appearance, several methodologies may be considered. In some cases, the doctor will perform orbital compression surgery. This enlarges the orbital vault to allow the eyes to fall back into the right position. Other times he may deal with the upper and lower eyelids to create better balance and harmony, especially if one eye is affected by Graves disease more than the other. This allows him to create the symmetry that is often lost due to this condition affecting just one eye instead of both. During a physical evaluation, the doctor can advise patients as to his desired approach to their unique situation.

Have you been diagnosed with Graves disease and are considering plastic surgery?

Northbrook, IL area patients interested in eye procedures to reduce the effects of Graves disease are encouraged to book a consultation with our board-certified ophthalmologist, Dr. Daniel S. Tresley, to learn more about the surgical treatments that can be used to create a more rested and proper appearance to the eyes. Call the office at (847) 773-0679 to request a visit at 500 Skokie Boulevard, Suite #120.

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