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How do you treat Graves' eye disease?

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Since Graves' eye disease can affect your vision, your doctor will monitor your eyes and will recommend a plan to protect your sight. For example, artificial tears or other gels or ointments can prevent dryness and irritation. Using eye covers or taping your eyes closed at night may help, too. In some cases, your doctor may want you to use steroids to ease inflammation. If you have tight, painful eyelids, your doctor may recommend surgery to help get your eye back to a normal position.

SOURCES:

NHS U.K.: “Eyelid problems."

Harvard Medical School HealthBeat: “The aging eye: when to worry about eyelid problems,” “Ask the doctor: What can I do about xanthelasma on my eyelids?”

University of Michigan Health System: “Eyelid problems.”

National Eye Institute: “Blepharospasm.”

Mayo Clinic: “Sty,” “Pinkeye.”

Oklahoma Otolaryngology Associates: “Causes of Uneven Eyes and Its Treatment.”

UC San Diego Health: “Dermatochalasis.”

American Academy of Ophthalmology: “Dermatochalasis,” “What Are Chalazia and Styes?”

Michigan Medicine Kellogg Eye Center: “Thyroid Eye Disease (TED or Graves’ Eye Disease).”

Andrea Thau, OD, associate clinical professor emerita, SUNY State College of Optometry; past president, American Optometric Association.

Reviewed by Whitney Seltman on July 11, 2020

SOURCES:

NHS U.K.: “Eyelid problems."

Harvard Medical School HealthBeat: “The aging eye: when to worry about eyelid problems,” “Ask the doctor: What can I do about xanthelasma on my eyelids?”

University of Michigan Health System: “Eyelid problems.”

National Eye Institute: “Blepharospasm.”

Mayo Clinic: “Sty,” “Pinkeye.”

Oklahoma Otolaryngology Associates: “Causes of Uneven Eyes and Its Treatment.”

UC San Diego Health: “Dermatochalasis.”

American Academy of Ophthalmology: “Dermatochalasis,” “What Are Chalazia and Styes?”

Michigan Medicine Kellogg Eye Center: “Thyroid Eye Disease (TED or Graves’ Eye Disease).”

Andrea Thau, OD, associate clinical professor emerita, SUNY State College of Optometry; past president, American Optometric Association.

Reviewed by Whitney Seltman on July 11, 2020

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