During both the acute and stable phases of Thyroid Eye Disease, it is essential to have regular assessments/treatments. Although it is rare for TED to cause permanent vision problems, if left untreated, this becomes more of a possibility.
There is no doubt that Thyroid Eye Disease can be a condition that affects the quality of life. Symptoms such as double vision, the development of ulcers around the eye if the eyelid cannot be closed properly and, in untreated and severe cases, compression of the optic nerve can cause loss of vision.
As well as being able to prescribe medication and/or performing any necessary surgeries, a specialist will advise on other aspects that have a direct impact on the severity and progression of the disease. These include:
Stopping smoking: Smokers are much more affected by TED than non-smokers. Not only are they more likely to suffer from the beginning, but the condition lasts longer, the symptoms are more pronounced and the risk of permanent vision damage is higher.
Other lifestyle modifications: Such as reducing your salt intake, sleeping in a place where your head is elevated, and using sunglasses.
Dry eye management: You may be prescribed eye drops or ointment to keep your eyes moist.
Pain relief: Either over-the-counter drugs or prescription analgetics.