Going to the Grave: Treatment for Graves Disease
- Posted on: Oct 15 2017
Nothing can seem quite as haunting or fitting during this time of year than talking about Graves disease. And although Graves disease may sound like something that’s associated with a spooky cemetery, it’s nothing of the sort. In fact, Graves disease is an autoimmune disorder that causes the immune system to start attacking the thyroid gland. The thyroid then responds by excreting an excess amount of thyroid hormones which can cause a variety of issues including weight loss, fatigue, irritability, profuse sweating, high blood pressure, hair loss, and most notably, eye issues.
Eye issues caused by Graves disease typically range from mild to moderate and can be treated in a variety of different ways. Let’s take a closer look at some of the most common treatment options.
- Steroids: Many patients with Graves disease experience inflamed and swollen eyes which can make it difficult to see properly. However, by using a steroid like hydrocortisone or prednisone, swelling should subside.
- Cold Compresses: If you only have mild symptoms caused by Graves disease, try applying a cold compress to your eyes a few times a day to help alleviate swelling. Although this may sound simple, it will go a long way.
- Surgery: Dr. Richard Palu specializes in orbital surgery to help treat orbital injuries caused by Graves disease. With over 23 years of experience, Dr. Palu has seen just about everything regarding orbital injuries and disease. There are a variety of different orbital surgeries that Dr. Richard Palu can perform to help restore a patient’s vision and ability to see correctly. During your initial surgical consultation, he will conduct a physical evaluation of your eyes and recommend what surgical option is best for you and your condition.
If your vision is suffering because of your Graves disease, let Dr. Richard Palu and his staff of specialists help give you the treatment you need. Schedule your surgical consultation at one of our New York City offices today!
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