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Thyroid Eye Disease

Thyroid Eye Disease services offered in Gulfport, MS

Thyroid eye disease is a serious autoimmune disease that affects about 19 in 100,000 people. At NeuroVisionary PLLC in Gulfport, Mississippi, foremost neuro-ophthalmologist and neuroimaging specialist Gabriella Szatmáry, MD, offers comprehensive care for thyroid eye disease and other diseases that cause similar symptoms. Call the office, or use the fast and easy online scheduler to set up your consultation or appointment now. 

What is thyroid eye disease?

Thyroid eye disease causes significant inflammation in the tissues surrounding the eye. It occurs because the immune system mistakenly starts attacking healthy fatty tissue and muscle behind the eyes. 

About 80% of people with thyroid eye disease have hyperthyroidism, in which they make too much thyroid hormone. 

What are the symptoms of thyroid eye disease? 

Thyroid eye disease can affect every person differently, but among the most common symptoms are: 

  • Bulging eyes
  • Dry eyes
  • Red eyes
  • Eye grittiness and discomfort
  • Double vision
  • Lid retraction: Inability to fully close your eyes, which may cause corneal ulcers
  • Discomfort when you move your eyes
  • Feeling of deep pressure in the eye socket

Severe vision loss is rare but does affect 2-5% of people with thyroid eye disease. 

Is thyroid eye disease the same as Graves’ disease?

While the two conditions are often confused, thyroid eye disease and Graves’ disease are different disorders. 

The main difference between the two disorders is the site of the damage. With thyroid disease, the immune system harms the tissues in the eye area, but in Graves’ disease, the immune system damages the thyroid gland itself. 

While thyroid eye disease causes eye issues, Graves’ disease might not. About half of people with Graves’ disease may develop thyroid eye disease later.

Are thyroid eye disease and myasthenia gravis connected?

Thyroid eye disease and ocular myasthenia gravis are different conditions, but they can cause similar symptoms. The two conditions often occur together, and 4 in 10 people who have ocular myasthenia gravis also have anti-thyroid antibodies that could indicate thyroid eye disease.

With thyroid eye disease, you’re more likely to experience eyelid retraction, while with ocular myasthenia gravis, you’re more likely to have ptosis (eyelid drooping). People with ocular myasthenia gravis are also likely to experience double vision.

Is thyroid eye disease treatable? 

NeuroVisionary PLLC offers expert thyroid eye disease treatment, including options like artificial tears, ointments, oral medication, and special eye drops. Additionally, they offer infusion specialty services. 

Tepezza®, the only FDA-approved treatment for thyroid eye disease, relieves symptoms like eye redness, double vision, and bulging eyes by treating the root cause of the disease. The practice also offers other infusions for conditions like multiple sclerosis and myasthenia gravis. 

Call NeuroVisionary PLLC today or click the convenient online scheduler to make your appointment. Telemedicine is also available.