November 13 – 19 is Thyroid Eye Disease Awareness Week.
What is thyroid eye disease (TED)?
TED is an autoimmune disease in which the eye muscles and fatty tissue behind the eye become inflamed. This inflammation can push the eyes forward (“staring” or “bulging”) or cause the eyes and eyelids to become red and swollen.
The inflammation and scarring are caused by an attack from the body’s immune system. TED is primarily associated with an over-active thyroid gland due to Graves’ disease, although it can rarely occur in patients with an under-active or normally functioning thyroid gland.
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