Thyroid Eye Disease is an autoimmune disorder

Thyroid Eye Disease (TED) is a condition where your immune system mistakenly attacks the muscle and fat tissue behind your eyes, causing inflammation (redness and swelling) and scar tissue to form.

The signs and symptoms of thyroid eye disease include:

  • Dry eyes.
  • Irritated eyes due to a gritty feeling.
  • Watery eyes.
  • Red eyes.
  • Bulging eyes, also called proptosis.
  • A “stare.”
  • Double vision, also called diplopia.
  • Difficulty closing your eyes completely. This can lead to an ulcer (sore) on your cornea.
  • Vision
  • Pain behind your eyes and pain with eye movements.

Symptoms normally affect both eyes, but sometimes you may only notice symptoms in one eye.

Treatment medications include: