Understanding Graves Disease

tonsil stones and laryngeal cancer in asian woman. At Longwood Eye & LASIK Center, we work with patients in the community who are experiencing symptoms and concerns with their eyes and vision. One condition we work with is that of Graves disease. Graves disease can impact one’s appearance of the eyes, along with other symptoms that can affect their quality of life. Learn more about this condition by reading on!

What is Graves disease?

Graves disease is an autoimmune disorder where the thyroid gland becomes overactive, leading to symptoms such as bulging eyes, double vision, redness and irritation of the eyes, and light sensitivity. Graves disease can also result in weight loss or weight gain, fatigue, anxiety, and irregular heartbeats.

How is Graves disease treated?

Treatment for Graves disease typically includes medication to control the thyroid gland’s overactivity along with eye drops or surgery for Graves-related eye problems. Our team at Longwood Eye & LASIK Center specializes in treating Graves-related eye issues with both surgical and non-surgical approaches. We work closely with your healthcare provider to coordinate care for your unique needs.

What type of surgery may be recommended for those with Graves disease?

In some instances, Graves disease can cause the muscles and tissues around the eyes to become swollen, leading to a bulging or protruding appearance. Surgery may be recommended for those with Grave’s orbitopathy in order to improve their appearance and quality of life. Our team at Longwood Eye & LASIK Center offers orbital decompression surgery, a procedure that relieves pressure in the eye socket by removing bone or tissue to create more space for the eye.

Schedule time to speak to the team at the Longwood Eye & LASIK Center if you have symptoms that may be related to Graves disease

If you have recently been diagnosed with this condition or believe you have it, it is a good idea to work with a professional to find ways to manage it–especially regarding the appearance of the eyes. Our doctors are spread throughout our four office locations throughout Greenfield, Gardner, Springfield, and Fitchburg and are open for new patients in and around the community. Call 1-800-676-5050 today to discuss your needs.


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