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Your Guide to Thyroid Eye Disease

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At Your Appointment

Thyroid Eye Disease Appointment Guide

Ask the right questions at your next doctor’s appointment. Answer two questions below to personalize your appointment guide.
  • Please describe the symptoms and issues you’re having that led you to schedule this online appointment. Start at the beginning of this current episode and tell me how and when things have changed and progressed.
  • 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
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