THYROID EYE DISEASE
Thyroid Eye Disease (TED) is an autoimmune eye condition that, while separate from a disease affecting the thyroid gland, is often seen in conjunction with Graves’ Disease. This condition can be seen in people with no other evidence of thyroid dysfunction.
TED can go into periods of remission as well. When it has been inactive for a period of around a half a year, it’s less likely to recur. Treatment for TED range from lubricating eye drops and ointments to systemic medications, radiation, and surgery. In some patients, an orbital decompression procedure and other surgical interventions may be beneficial.
Recently, TEPEZZA was FDA-approved for the treatment of TED. Dr. Murdock is one of the few doctors in Houston, TX who has first-hand experience with this ground-breaking medication. In patients with a lot of inflammation, this medication has been shown to reduce proptosis (the protrusion of the eyeball) and decrease inflammatory signs after a series of infusions.
SYMPTOMS OF TED MAY INCLUDE:
- Pain in the eyes when looking up, down, or sideways
- Dryness, redness, irritation, difficulty wearing contact lenses
- Inflammation and swelling of the eye and its surrounding tissues
- Swelling in the orbital tissues which can cause people to have a wide-eyed or bulging stare
- Double vision
THYROID EYE DISEASE APPOINTMENTS IN HOUSTON, THE WOODLANDS, PENSACOLA, AND DESTIN
These procedures are only offered in Houston, Sugar Land, and The Woodlands. If you would like to consult with Dr. Patrinely, Dr. Soparkar, or Dr. Murdock about an evaluation and treatment for TED, contact us. We have several offices in Texas and Florida to serve you.