If you are considering undergoing orbital decompression for Graves’ Disease, you should learn all of the facts first. Graves’ Disease can significantly interfere with your self-esteem and daily life, and having a procedure to correct your vision and the appearance of your eyes, which can be affected by the disease, is often life-changing.
Having this procedure is a major decision, and our world-renowned Los Angeles orbital surgeons at the Orbital Surgery Center of Excellence in Beverly Hills specialize in eye conditions such as Graves’ Disease, and will take special care to put you on your way to recovery.
Graves’ Disease and Hyperthyroidism
Graves’ Disease, also known as Thyroid Eye Disease, is one of the most common thyroid diseases, but it can severely impact your vision and the appearance of your eyes. Since Graves’ is an autoimmune disease, it also causes hyperthyroidism, the disease in which your thyroid produces excesses hormones and makes your metabolism to work too quickly.
As a result of the excessive hormones and overactive thyroid, this disease can cause swollen eye muscles and tissues. While some people with hyperthyroidism don’t experience any eye symptoms at all, others are afflicted with pain, inflammation, dryness, redness and swelling in the eyes, in addition to having impaired or double vision.
Other symptoms of hyperthyroidism include rapid weight loss, pounding heart, trembling and sweating. While these symptoms can be treated with a synthetic thyroid, this form of treatment doesn’t always help with eye problems.
Patients with mild eye-related symptoms may be treated with anti-inflammatory eye drops, but for those who experience the more severe symptoms of hyperthyroidism and Graves’ Disease, undergoing orbital decompression may be the best option. To see if you are a candidate for this type of surgery, you should consult with one of our Los Angeles-based surgeons about orbital decompression for Graves’ Disease, and discuss whether the procedure is the best option for you.
What Is Orbital Decompression for Graves’ Disease?
Orbital decompression is a procedure in which an oculoplastic surgeon (a reconstructive and cosmetic eye plastic surgeon) removes the bone and/or fat surrounding the eye in the eye socket to make room for the swollen eye tissue, which helps the eyes move back into their original position. Undergoing orbital decompression can also help restore the loss of vision associated with eye swelling, and return your eyes to their natural appearance.
The procedure is done on an outpatient basis where patients can go home the same day as surgery, and recovery is usually only a few weeks. Our oculoplastic surgeons at the Orbital Surgery Center of Excellence in Los Angeles practice the most cutting-edge, minimally invasive techniques to achieve the best results and allow the fastest recovery time.
Contact a World-Class Surgeon about Treating Graves’ Disease
The effects of hyperthyroidism can be severe and life altering, but you might not have to live with impaired vision or swollen eyes any longer. To speak with one of our surgeons about undergoing orbital decompression for Graves’ Disease in Los Angeles, call (888) 559-4341 and schedule a consultation at our outpatient surgery center today.
Next, check out our before and after photo gallery to see orbital decompression results.