Understanding Thyroid Eye Disease – Thyroid Orbitopathy Reconstructive Surgery Options

Thyroid disease can lead to many problems that hinder life for the sufferer. The less intrusive symptoms, such as bulging eyes and muscle strain, are common among patients with thyroid disease. Though these symptoms may seem minor in their early stages, they can lead to double vision and even blindness when left untreated. This occurs when pressure in the eye begins to affect the optic nerve itself. This may sound frightening, but there are many surgical and non-surgical options when it comes to the treatment of thyroid disease.

Non-Surgical Treatment Options

In most cases, thyroid disease does not reach the point of blindness. However, it is important to keep the disease in check so that further problems do not occur. One common symptom of thyroid disease is irritation due to cornea exposure. When the cornea becomes vulnerable, it can cause constant discomfort for the patient. A simple lubrication method will ease this discomfort, as long as no serious inflammation occurs. If so, steroids may be used behind the eyeball to help reduce said inflammation.

Orbital Decompression Surgery

If the eyes bulge enough to create pressure on the optic nerve, creating a risk for blindness, then reconstruction surgery may be the necessary route. Orbital decompression is a procedure in which bone fragments and fat are removed from behind the eye to allow more space for the bulging to occur without creating tension. This highly reconstructive thyroid surgery is often a last resort, but it has saved many lives since its introduction in the medical field.

Cosmetic Surgery Is Available

The same pressure that occurs when the eyes bulge can also affect the positioning of the eyelids. This new positioning often creates a more drastic appearance in the already bulging eyes. Many patients become self conscious of this noticeable symptom and wish to have it reversed. Luckily, eyelid reconstruction surgery can be performed to reposition the eyelids in a more aesthetically pleasing way. This procedure is not always necessary, but it can greatly improve the quality of life of the patient.

Thyroid Orbitopathy Reconstructive Surgery In Manhattan

When suffering from thyroid disease, it is crucial to find the right doctor for you. Luckily, NYC is home to some of the best doctors in the field of thyroid orbitopathy treatment. Dr. Robert M. Schwarcz is highly trained and has an extensive history of successful surgical and non-surgical treatments. If you or a loved one is suffering from thyroid disease, do not hesitate another moment. Call Dr. Robert M. Schwarcz today and begin your path to recovery.

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