Graves’ disease, or thyroid eye disease, can cause a number of problems in the eye, including retraction of eyelids, eye dryness, feeling of pressure or pain, sensitivity to light, double vision, difficulty closing the eyes, and more. Without intervention, sufferers of thyroid eye disease can have their vision permanently affected. If you or a loved one suffer from thyroid eye disease, it is important that you consult with a skilled oculoplastic surgeon with experience treating patients with Graves’ disease.
With over 27 years of experience, Dr. Geoffrey M. Kwitko, M.D., is one of the Clearwater, Fl area’s most respected oculoplastic surgeons. In addition to surgical treatment for thyroid eye disease, Dr. Kwitko has extensive experience performing reconstructive and cosmetic eye procedures, such as reduction of eye bags, lifting sagging eyelids, blepharoplasty, ptosis surgery, and more.
Early intervention can make a big difference in terms of surgery outcomes and patient comfort. It is important that you recognize the symptoms of thyroid eye disease so that you can begin treatment immediately. The most common symptoms of thyroid eye disease are proptosis (bulging of the eyes), swelling of the eye lids and other tissue surrounding the eyes, dry eyes, light sensitivity, redness or excessive watering, double vision, blindness, and feelings of pressure in the eye sockets or that there is a foreign body under the eyelid.
Serving patients throughout the Clearwater, Florida area, Dr. Geoffrey M. Kwitko has specialized training and experience in addressing the symptoms of Graves’ disease through oculoplastic surgery. As a clinical assistant professor of ophthalmology at the University of South Florida and the editor-in-chief of the Electronic Journal of of the Neuro-Opthalmic Surgical Society, Dr. Kwitko’s credentials make him one of the nation’s top oculoplastic surgeons.
For mild to moderate symptoms, eyelid retraction surgery can alleviate the symptoms of thyroid eye disease. By making it easier for the eyelids to retract completely, symptoms such as dryness, eye irritation, and the appearance of bulging eyes can be dramatically reduced. This surgery is done as an outpatient procedure, usually under local anesthesia, and recovery time is minimal.
In more severe cases, where the muscles and other tissue around the eye have become so thick that have begun compressing the optic nerve, leading to loss of vision, an orbital decompression procedure can give relief to patients. This procedure involves moving the bones surrounding the eye area to reduce pressure on the optic nerve and allow the eye tissue to expand into the sinuses. While this is also done as an outpatient procedure, it is usually done under general anesthesia.
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