Your Guide to Thyroid Disease

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At Your Appointment

Thyroid Eye Disease Appointment Guide

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Ask the right questions at your next doctor’s appointment. Answer two questions below to personalize your appointment guide.
  • Are your vision problems getting worse, staying about the same, or getting better?
  • Are you having other symptoms, such as weight loss, sweating, trouble sleeping, anxiety, nervousness, or sexual problems?
  • Which home treatments have helped soothe your eyes?
  • Are you currently receiving treatment for hyperthyroidism?
  • Are you ready to try corticosteroids, biologic medications, radiation therapy, or surgery?
  • Describe your symptoms. Do you have vision changes, double vision, difficulty closing your eyes completely, light sensitivity, or pain, pressure, or other sensations in the eyes?
  • When did you first notice problems or changes with your vision?
  • How severe are your symptoms?
  • What makes your symptoms better or worse?
  • Have you ever had an eye condition, injury or surgery?
  • Do you, or anyone in your family, have thyroid disease?
  • What side effects are you experiencing?
  • What new symptoms are you experiencing?
  • What is your main concern about your eyes and vision?
  • How advanced is my case of thyroid eye disease?
  • Does thyroid eye disease typically progress? Am I at risk of permanent vision loss or even going blind?
  • Does thyroid eye disease ever get better on its own?
  • Will correcting my thyroid hormone levels slow or cure my thyroid eye disease?
  • What are my treatment options, including medicines, surgery, and other therapies?
  • How successful are these treatments? What is my prognosis?
  • What is the most likely cause of my vision problems and eye symptoms?
  • Could another condition be causing or contributing to my vision problems and eye symptoms?
  • What tests do I need to confirm a diagnosis of thyroid eye disease?
  • What treatments are available for thyroid eye disease?
  • What strategies can I use to soothe my eyes?
  • Are the side effects I'm experiencing related to my medicine for thyroid eye disease?
  • Do my new or different symptoms mean my thyroid eye disease is getting worse?
  • What is the best treatment for my thyroid eye disease?
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Last Review Date: 2019 Oct 24
  1. Graves’ Disease. Mayo Foundation for Medical Education and Research. https://www.mayoclinic.org/diseases-conditions/graves-disease/symptoms-causes/syc-20356240
  2. Graves’ Eye Disease (Graves’ Ophthalmopathy or Graves’ Orbitopathy). American Thyroid Association. https://www.thyroid.org/graves-eye-disease/
  3. Thyroid Eye Disease. Cleveland Clinic. https://my.clevelandclinic.org/health/diseases/17558-thyroid-eye-disease
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