Graves’ Disease – Eyelid Surgery

The inflammation that occurs with Graves’ disease can cause severe scarring of the muscles in the eyelids and extra fat and tissue deposits which cause the eyelids to be puffy and retracts the eyelids away from the eye causing exposure of the eye. These changes alter a person’s appearance in a disturbing way but also…

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Graves’ Disease – Rehabilitative Surgery

Correction of Protrusion of the Eye (Exophthalmos) Once the inflammatory phase of Graves’ disease has subsided, the person may be unfortunately left with some residual changes, such as eye protrusion, eyelid retraction, and in some cases, double vision. There are some corrective surgical procedures that can be done to help these problems, but it is…

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Graves’ Ophthalmopathy – What Is It?

Graves’ disease is a frequent eye structure disorder. In 1835 Robert Graves described three patients, who had bulging eyes (exophthalmos) associated with thyroid gland enlargement (diffuse goiter), overactive thyroid gland (hyperthyroidism) and swelling of the skin covering the shins (pretibial myxedema). A parallel report was published by Carl Von Basedow in 1840. Since then in…

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Graves’ Disease – Eye Interventions

Graves’ disease is a condition that, in part, affects the eyelids and tissue behind the eye in people who have had a thyroid disorder. The name Graves is simply the name of the man who described the condition years ago. Commonly, a person may develop swelling and buildup of tissue behind the eye together with…

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