Just want to know does thyroid eye disease affect both eyes

Posted , 3 users are following.

This discussion has been locked due to a period of inactivity. Start a new discussion

I have graves disease, but over the last few dayswhen i wake in the night my left eyelid feels like its getting stuck when i first open it. Plus it feels gritty.

1 like, 5 replies

Report

5 Replies

  • Posted

    Sounds like Graves eye disease.  This can occur as mild or severe.  The milder forms are like what I had - extremely dry, red, irritated eyes or if severe, bulging, difficulty with lid closing, irritated eyes and possible blurred vision.  For the more severe forms, what is required is either steroid medication or surgical treatment by an ocular specialist.  For the mild form, I used plenty of drops, recently came across a really good kind called Optive Fusion by Allergan (I think it is made in England).  My ophthalmologist also inserted collagen plugs into my tear ducts which keeps more moistrue in my eyes.  I get these every 3 to 6 months.  There are more permanent ones but they are made of Silicone.
    Report
  • Posted

    Also many Graves eye patients get relief from takng Selenium supplements either in capsules, 200 mg a day or by eating 2 brazil nuts a day.  As well, a lot report relief by using cotton pads soaked with witch hazel and placed over closed eyelids.
    Report
  • Posted

    What does the thyroid eye mean. Thanks

    Lucy

    Report
    • Posted

      It's not exactly the thyroid eye.  There is an autoimmune disease called Graves disease that causes the thyroid to become overactive.  The same disease also in many people affects the eyes to a greater or lesser extent.  It's called thyroid eye disease or TED for short.  It only happens with Graves disease.
      Report
    • Posted

      Thank you Linda

      What happens ? I do not understand what the eye has to do with the thyroid, sorry. I am so scared.

      I have an overactive thyroid but not graves disease.

      My eyes are sore though. I do not understand this at all.

      Lucy

      Report

Join this discussion or start a new one?

New discussion

Report as inappropriate

Thanks for your help!

We want the forums to be a useful resource for our users but it is important to remember that the forums are not moderated or reviewed by doctors and so you should not rely on opinions or advice given by other users in respect of any healthcare matters. Always speak to your doctor before acting and in cases of emergency seek appropriate medical assistance immediately. Use of the forums is subject to our Terms of Use and Privacy Policy and steps will be taken to remove posts identified as being in breach of those terms.

newnav-down newnav-up