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I have been diagnosed with Graves Disease and have many of the classic symptoms. I had thyrotoxicosis in May and was really unwell, which is when they found I had hyperthyroid and Graves. Prior to that I had been having issues with my eyes being very dry and gritty and at times being very painful and had been referred to the hospital. The eye consultant tried punctal plugs to stop my eyes from draining and diagnosed dry eye. He prescribed eye drops and ointment for nights but my eyes have continued to be uncomfortable, particularly when stressed.
When I had the thyrotoxicosis my eyes became worse and I found it hard to open my eyes as they were so sensitive. This has settled as my thyroid levels have come down - I am now on block and replace therapy.
I went to see the eye consultant today for my regular check up for dry eyes and asked if there was a link with Graves but he completely dismissed this. He said that I would know if it was Graves as my eyes would bulge within a matter of two days and I would have double vision, which would also come on in two days with no warning. He said to go back when/ if my eyes become bright red and start to bulge. I thought it sensible to see whether there could be a link as all websites that mention symptoms of Graves talk about dry and gritty eyes but he kept saying it was just a coincidence and wasn't interested. Interestingly, the endocrinologist has prescribed Selenium daily for my eyes and Lacri-Lube for my eyes every night to minimise risk and treat the symptoms so she thinks there is a link.
I might be making links that are not there and maybe it is just a coincidence. I would be interested to know if anyone has issues with their eyes with Graves and how they are been treated for this by the consultant.
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