Ways to Help Alleviate the Symptoms of Thyroid Eye Disease

kw Thyroid eye disease Approximately 1% of people in the United States have been diagnosed with a condition known as Graves’ disease due to a hyperthyroid condition. Individuals who have this condition are at risk of suffering from thyroid eye disease, which can cause double vision and bulging eyes. If you suffer from thyroid eye disease, there are a few things that you can do to alleviate the symptoms that you experience.

Keep Your Eyes Lubricated With Drops

Thyroid eye disease can cause dryness and irritation. This is due to the fact that people who have this disease do not have the ability to blink correctly. When the eyes dry out, the tear glands begin to produce fewer tears, which can further worsen the dryness that sufferers experience. Using lubricating eye drops can help to alleviate dryness and decrease the chances of irritation.

See if a Selenium Supplement Can Help

Taking selenium supplements can help individuals who experience symptoms of thyroid eye disease. Studies have found that individuals who suffered from mild disease took this medication and experienced some decreases in the rate of progression. If your blood levels of selenium are lower, you may benefit from taking selenium. However, it is essential to note that most people get enough selenium in their diet, so this may not be a good option for everyone.

Try to Avoid Secondhand Smoke

Although we often hear about the adverse effects of smoke on your lungs, many overlook the impact that it can have on their eyes. People who suffer from thyroid eye disease should avoid secondhand smoke whenever possible. Secondhand smoke can cause further irritation for those who suffer from the sensitive tear film and inflamed corneas.

Use Fresnel Prisms

A fresnel prism is a type of plastic film that is applied to the front of eyeglasses. Wearing this film can help alleviate the symptoms of double vision commonly reported by individuals who actively suffer from thyroid eye disease. An optometrist or opthalmologist can help with fitting film for your glasses.

See How Our Thyroid Eye Disease Treatment Can Help

If you want to see how our thyroid eye disease treatment can help you, please contact our team at Longwood Eye & LASIK Center by calling 800-676-5050 or filling out our online appointment form. Our eye specialists can schedule an appointment to discuss your options.


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