I had my first eye exam today since being diagnosed with hypothyroidism. Told the opthalmologist about the diagnosis and the antibodies that are outta whack, but fortunately it looks like all is well (higher risk of eye/vision problems with thyroid issues). She did a couple of extra tests and there haven't been any changes since my last appointment 2 years ago.
It was nice to hear that all is well, but I just wanted to remind everyone to keep on top of your eye health - it's so important!
If you look up thyroid eye disease (TED), thyroid ophthalmopathy, or Graves' ophthalmopathy, it will give you a lot of information. I believe most eye problems are Graves related, but Hashi's can have some as well. I haven't found anything specific on retinal problems, they mostly talk about corneal or optic nerve symptoms, or the muscle behind the eye changing and causing a *bulging* eye look. <-- if you find yourself looking like that a lot, see your doc. LOL!
I think by far the most common problem is dry eyes, however, which is so common anyway, for a variety of reasons (looking at computer screens too long, dry air, etc.) My doc recommended a sterile eye drop if I feel I need it.
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Correct! Both Graves and HASHIs can result in thyroid eye disease. I had antibody levels peak at over 10,000. At this time my MD refused to treat me despite having Hashimoto's and GrAves antibodies confirming a complex case of thyroid AITD.
My eye issues were vision loss during unpredictable hormone triggered migraines, enlarged optic nerve and antibody attack of the optic nerve. Eye swelling, increased eye pressure, and distortion of my eye ball shape. There are many other issuesmthat can arise. I was lucky to find a nueroopthamologist that knew how to treat thyroid eye disease. With in a month of my thyroid actually being treated most of my eye symptoms went away. The key with thyroid eye disease is to catch it, follow it, and treat it early. Lack if treatment can result in permanent damage to your vision and eyes.
If we learn by our mistakes, I am working on one hell of an education.