The Woodlands TX Thyroid Eye Disease Treatment

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In The Woodlands TX Thyroid Eye Disease Treatment is the specialty of Plastic Eye Surgery Associates. Have you noticed certain changes in the appearance of your face? Maybe your eyes look googly or bug-eyed? Some people with these eye changes suffer from a problem called Thyroid Eye Disease. TED, or Thyroid Eye Disease, can be very complicated and difficult for people to understand.  Even many doctors are stumped by this disease!

Thankfully, Plastic Eye Surgery Associates have your expert doctors who know how to take care of people with this complex problem. TED is an autoimmune disorder where your own immune cells attack the tissues around the eyes. Then, people get bulgy and puffy eyes, redness, irritation, and even blurry vision.  Also, some people can even have double vision. As you can imagine, this can be very dangerous when it comes to driving a car or going downstairs.

Dr. James Patrinely

Dr. James Patrinely

Therefore, the eye plastic surgeons at PESA are your best option to get your life back on track. We offer medical and surgical solutions to people with Thyroid Eye Disease. Exclusively, we even have a physician who has the first-hand experience with the newest treatment on the market for Thyroid Eye Disease, TEPEZZA. Tepezza is a novel treatment that blocks the harmful immune response during Thyroid Eye Disease. Plus, it’s the only treatment found to actually reverse changes that were once considered permanent.  Nothing else can do that!

At Plastic Eye Surgery Associates, we have board-certified surgeons with the best and most caring staff you will find in The Woodlands, TX. We know just how scary eye disease can be. We have been treating patients with Thyroid Eye Disease for decades. Experience counts, and that’s why you should trust Plastic Eye Surgery associates as your exclusive Thyroid Eye Disease treatment center.

Autoimmune Disease Affecting the Eyes

As aforementioned, your own body attacks the muscles, fat, and eyelid tissues around the eyes. First, inflammation causes swelling, redness, and puffiness around the eyes. Then, the swollen tissues behind the eye start pushing the eyelid out. This is called proptosis. Finally, fibrosis, or scarring, occurs in the eyelids and orbital tissues. Fibrosis is what causes permanent changes to the face and appearance. At the same time, the eyelid scarring causes the eyelid to retract and open the eyes even more.

Ultimately, the surface of the eye becomes more and more exposed. Ouch! As the eyeball is pushed out, the eyelids retract and can’t close.  Then, the eye becomes red, dry, and irritated. Many people feel like they have sand in their eyes because their eyes don’t close.  Then, the eye gets more inflamed as it is more irritated, and the vicious cycle continues.

Dangerously, as the fat and muscles behind the eye get bigger, they are stuck in orbit, which is a confined bony space. Think of Alice in Wonderland, who takes the “Eat Me” cookie and grows so big that she is crunched against the roof of the house. Similarly, the tissues can’t go anywhere, so they push the eyeball out and squish the optic nerve. The optic nerve is like a cable cord connecting your eye to your brain. Therefore, damage to the optic nerve can cause permanent blindness.

Who Can I Turn To For Help?

Why, Plastic Eye Surgery Associates, of course! Our doctors have been the best of the best to treat Thyroid Eye Disease in Houston and The Woodlands, TX. We have been providing Thyroid Eye Disease treatment for decades. Our board-certified surgeons are the best at handling this complicated issue. Like we said before, standard treatment usually starts with controlling inflammation. Unfortunately, these standard treatments can have unpleasant side effects, like high blood sugar and weight gain.

Dr. Jennifer Murdock

Dr. Jennifer Murdock

It takes a long time for the inflammation to finally stop. Even then, there are permanent changes from the scar tissue build-up that causes permanent disfigurement and even damage to the eye. Many people say that they don’t even recognize their appearance anymore. They avoid taking photos and social gatherings. Can you imagine? What a terrible disease!

Next, facial plastic surgeons intervene with a corrective surgery to try to create a better facial appearance. However, doctors can’t truly reverse the damage that is already done. Thyroid Eye Disease is truly a difficult journey for many people.

Reconstructive Surgery for Thyroid Eye Disease Treatment

To start, Thyroid Eye Disease treatment involving surgery can be complex. Traditionally, this involves three different kinds of surgery: orbital bony decompression, eye muscle surgery, and eyelid surgery last.  This treatment plan is not a sprint; it’s a marathon. First and foremost, saving vision is the main priority. However, because severe disfigurement is debilitating to many people, restoring a normal facial appearance is also very important.

Not to mention, the vision problems, like double vision, cause a lot of problems in people’s daily lives. Imagine you’re walking down the stairs, but you see two sets and can’t get a grasp on depth perception.  This can lead to a dangerous fall and even a head injury. Because it is a process, double vision may take some time to fully correct.

Luckily, our trio of expert surgeons is well skilled in reconstructive surgery, specifically to treat Thyroid Eye Disease. Unfortunately, patients with TED many need more than only three surgeries to restore their natural look. The doctors at PESA have performed over six thousand surgeries for Thyroid Eye Disease treatment. You can bet that experience counts!

TEPEZZA for Thyroid Eye Disease Treatment

Dr. Charles Soparkar

Dr. Charles Soparkar

A new Thyroid Eye Disease treatment was recently approved by the FDA called Tepezza. Tepezza has been studied in patients with active Thyroid Eye Disease, involving inflammation, redness, and puffiness around the eyes. As a result, patients showed significantly less proptosis and inflammation after infusions of this medication. Currently, Tepezza is the only Thyroid Eye Disease treatment that can reverse changes, like proptosis, that were once thought to be permanent and unchanging.

More so, Dr. Jennifer Murdock here at Plastic Eye Surgery Associates is the only expert in The Woodlands, TX, to have the first-hand experience with Tepezza. She was an investigator during clinical trials in Portland, OR. Also, she is also 1 of 3 formally invited speakers in all of Texas to give educational lectures about Tepezza for Thyroid Eye Disease treatment. Therefore, Plastic Surgery Eye Associates is the premier center for a consult for Tepezza and other Thyroid Eye Disease treatments.

Plastic Eye Surgery Associates has Your TED Specialist

Our team of surgeons is the exclusive expert in all of Houston and The Woodlands, TX, with tons of experience and knowledge with Thyroid Eye Disease treatment. Also, the office staff provides top-notch customer service and quality medical care. Thyroid Eye Disease treatment truly is a journey. So, we’re here for you. Call our office today at (713) 795-0705 or visit our website to learn more.

Another bonus about our practice is that Dr. Soparkar and Dr. Murdock have made a series of videos about Thyroid Eye Disease. All of these videos are free! Men and women both can access our Thyroid Eye Disease video series online. You can also learn more if you schedule a consultation with one of our doctors.  Don’t suffer from puffy eyes and double vision. Come and meet your PESA physician today!

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