Thyroid Blurred Vision

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Thyroid Eye Disease

Author: Bond Mejeh

Thyroid Eye Disease is an inflammatory condition which affects the eye muscles. It is almost always associated with hypothyroidism or thyroid cancer. The condition is an inflammation of soft eye tissue, eyelid retraction, proptosis which is forward projection or displacement of the eyeball, exposure of the cornea and compression of the optic nerve. There are certain visual signs of the disease such as eyelid retraction and eyelid lag, bulging eyes, double vision and protruded eyes. In many cases there is facial disfigurement and blindness.

Corneal Disorders

The cornea is that "clear window" located at the front of the eye and is extremely important for clear vision. Over - exposure of the cornea results in drying, causes eye irritation, photophobia (or excessive sensitivity to light), tearing, pain and even decreased vision.

The severity of corneal exposure would depend on a few factors: poor eyelid closure, eyelid retraction and proptosis. In the worst cases such as when someone gets an eye ulcer, surgery or radiotherapy may be the only option to prevent further damage to the eye.

What is Ophthalmoplegia?

This is a condition in where eye muscles become thickened and scarred, preventing eyes from moving freely or together. It is a type of eye paralysis and can even result in having "crossed eyes", double vision or blurred vision. In most cases, ophthalmoplegia does not require treatment. Glasses with prisms may reduce and even eliminate the double vision in cases where the condition is not as severe.

About a million people in Unites States and Canada suffer from thyroid eye disease. Many patients with thyroid eye have to contend with facial disfigurement caused by it. It can lead to great depression loss of employment and relationships. Many of these individuals live in solitude avoiding social contacts because of the response to the disfigurement.

There have been major advances in surgical treatments of thyroid eye disease. However, very little has been done to heal the psychological scars. Some remedies include flax seed oil, room humidifiers, specified eye drops and lubricating ointments. A cold compress on the eyes as well as elevating the head to relieve any swelling also helps. Other remedies include corrective surgery for eyelids, decompression eye surgery and wearing high quality sunglasses. Using steroids and prisms that assist in correcting double vision are also helpful.

There are a lot of reports showing that many of the above can help alleviate symptoms associated with thyroid eye disease. Eye exercises are always good to do even if you're not a thyroid eye disease sufferer. This can serve as a preventative measure. More must be done do address the psychological consequences of the disease but the above information have proven to be quite useful for thyroid eye disease sufferers.

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9 Responses to Thyroid Blurred Vision

  1. five dude says:

    blurred vision,stomach ache,headache,tiredness?
    i have been having stomach aches,headaches,neck aches, blurred vision, and tiredness for about a week.

    i went to the doctors and they didnt know what was wrong so they sent me to get blood work and tested for pregnancy,mono,and diabetes. everything was negative. then they tested for a thyroid problem and that wasnt it either.

    i had to get a ct scan today and i havent heard from the doctors yet. im only 16 and i have no clue what is wrong. i hit my head when i flipped a four wheeler about 8 months ago.

    can anyone tell me what could be wrong or at least some advice to get rid of some kind of pain?

  2. ade says:

    hi i went to see opticion sat morn as had slight blurred vision in left eye and was getting headaches daily?
    hi i went to see opticion sat morn as had slight blured vision in left eye and was getting headaches daily (i put this down to tiredness/driving), she said my sight was fine but had swelling behind my eyes, gave me a letter to give gp for immediate attention, so gave leter to gp on monday, got hospital appointment monday afternoon, had my eyes diolated and they looked behind them, he said i had swelling behind my eyes, he wants me to have a scan done now and a field test on friday! can u just tell me maybe what it is or what u think it could be, iv googled swelling behind my eyes, but it doesnt come up with much besides graves disease or thyroid… i have no pain, no restrictive vision, so im confussed.. please help

    • Tidus says:

      I guess they are talking about swelling at the optic disc. They are investigating because this can be caused by brain lesions, bleeds and tumours. Sorry. Has nobody told you this is what they are looking for?

  3. ginjee1 says:

    does anyone have experience with having eye problems, not graves disease associated with thyroid disease?
    I have dry eye, itching, burning, eye aches and blurred side vision, and was told it is from my thyroid levels. I had my thyroid removed.

    • NYC says:

      Wish I could tell you that you are different from the rest of us, but you are not. I had thyroid cancer and the eyes have not behaved normally since. The doc thought I was crazy, but I know I am short sighted when at my age I should be long sighted and it is the removal of the thyroid I think that did it

  4. Chris H says:

    Brain aches, sensitivity to light, cloudy thoughts, blurred vision, high cholesterol + frequent urination?
    20 year old male, healthy, no previous medical issues.

    Have had a blood test for diabetes mellitus but came back fine. It was noted that cholesterol was high for my age. Also had a general blood test to check blood workup, liver, kidney and thyroid – all came back fine.

    My blood pressure and heart rate fluctuate from time to time, and my family has a history of heart attacks at young ages (my dad recovered from a heart attack when he was 39. His dad also had one at a young age.)

    I’m a bit of a loss really. I feel like I am unable to concentrate, from the moment I wake up to the moment I go to sleep. I always feel unrested as well, and have difficulty getting up in the morning, as well as falling asleep in the first place.

    I am an intelligent individual studying law at university, but I feel it is beginning to affect my ability to work and focus. It becomes especially prevalent when I’m in a bright area (like a supermarket) or there are many visual or audial stimuli. It’s as though my brain cannot focus on everything occuring around me, and I find it difficlut to find words and speak at times – as though I’m fading out of consciousness.

    What is wrong with me? Thanks in advance

    • Tina of says:

      Chris, have them do a deeper blood panel workup, test T3 and T4 thyroid levels, the general tests don’t always show thyroid problems and these are more specific. I would also since you have a high history of heart problems have some tests, EKG, heart stress test, holter monitor, maybe heart ultrasound to make sure things are ok, then it’s a baseline to check in the future if you have any heart issues later on. Best to get that cholesterol down. Hope you feel better.

  5. Sherm says:

    Do I have lupus. Had EBV about 25 yrs ago (50 now) Swollen limbs, fatigue, blurred vision, blood count off.?
    thyroid peroxidase 713, normal 34 down to 0. C4 serum also high.
    Do I have the symptoms of EBV? Why does my hand stay swollen and my leg?(top of thigh to ankle) tired, blurred vision, hot flashes, pain in leg, hand and arm. Can EBV lead to Lupus?

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