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Hyperthyroidism, also known as an overactive thyroid gland, involves an excessive amount of hormone production that can lead to the following:
One of the most common reasons for an overactive thyroid gland is Graves’ disease, an autoimmune disorder in which antibodies cause the thyroid to produce too much thyroxine.
This condition may cause symptoms within the eyes such as:
If symptoms are mild, conservative treatment may be attempted using:
Oral steroids are sometimes prescribed for short-term use to relieve swelling and discomfort.
In more severe cases of thyroid eye disease, surgical treatment may be recommended. Depending upon how the condition is affecting the eyes, procedures may be considered to: