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Thyroid Eye Disease: Who’s at Risk and Who’s on Call


Although thyroid eye disease (TED) is related to thyroid conditions, it requires different specialists to treat the disorder. – PowerPoint PPT presentation

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Title: Thyroid Eye Disease: Who’s at Risk and Who’s on Call

Thyroid Eye Disease Whos at Risk and Whos on
By The Doctor Weighs In
  • Imagine looking in the mirror each day and seeing
    your eyes slowly getting bigger and bigger,
    beginning to bulge out of their sockets and
    change your face. Not only do you not look like
    yourself, but the world has become blurry,
    watery, and disorienting.

Who is at risk for TED?
  • According to a new study, the prevalence of TED
    is highest among African Americans (23) and
    white Americans (18).

What are the symptoms of thyroid eye disease?
  • Since most people who have TED also have
    hyperthyroidism (Graves disease), it is
    important to understand the difference in
    symptoms between the two conditions.
    Hyperthyroidism is an autoimmune disorder where
    your thyroid becomes overactive and produces more
    thyroid hormone than the body needs. This can
    result in fast or irregular heartbeat, anxiety,
    weight loss, insomnia, and heat sensitivity.

Thyroid Eye Disease
Who should treat TED?
  • If you have hyperthyroidism or Graves disease,
    your thyroid level is most likely being managed
    by an endocrinologist who cares for people with
    thyroid conditions. An endocrinologist may
    discuss the risks for developing TED.

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What to expect at the appointment
  • When you first meet with a TED Specialist, they
    will perform a series of exams to set a baseline
    or starting point to measure symptoms against
    going forward. At your baseline eye exam or the
    first comprehensive eye exam, your doctor will
    want to know all about your history with both the
    thyroid condition as well as when the eye
    symptoms started.
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How is TED treated?
  • At the onset of TED, people may make lifestyle
    changes including using non-prescription or
    prescription lubricating eye drops, wearing
    sunglasses to help with light sensitivity, and
    elevating the head of the bed to help relieve
    pressure and swelling at night.

Time is of the essence
  • TED is a progressive condition that worsens over
    time if left untreated. The longer TED goes
    untreated, the more likely serious eye damage
    will occur.

Caring for TED during COVID-19
  • While many in-person care facilities are
    following strict safety guidelines, many doctors
    are also offering telehealth visits. To
    participate in a telehealth visit, all patients
    need is access to a smartphone or computer with a
    camera. Patients must be in a well-lit
    environment and hold or position their device
    still for an optimal experience.
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Finding support and answers
  • Though a rare disease can feel isolating and
    lonely, you are not alone. Acting quickly and
    finding the right TED Specialist can help avoid
    the confusion, misinformation, and delayed care
    leading up to diagnosis and accelerate the
    attention you need.
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The Doctor Weighs In Author Mark Scott
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