Your ophthalmologist (Eye M.D.) will monitor eye protrusion and eyelid retraction by taking precise measurements of your eyes. If the measurements are increasing, or if your symptoms are getting worse, treatment may be needed.
A combination of non-surgical and surgical methods may be used to treat your symptoms. Non-surgical treatment options may include:
- Applying lubricating ointment, artificial tears, or both to relieve some symptoms of dry eye
- Elevating your head at night to reduce muscle swelling
- Taking steroid medications by mouth to control the eye muscle swelling and inflammation
- Wearing sunglasses to relieve light sensitivity
- Applying cool compresses to the eyes to relieve the discomfort associated with eye irritation and inflammation
- Using eyeglasses with prisms to reduce double vision
Surgical treatment options may include:
- Repositioning the eye, the eye muscles, or both to relieve double vision and improve cosmetic appearance
- Repositioning eyelid muscles to correct eyelid retraction, relieve the effects of dry eye, and improve cosmetic appearance
- Removing scarred tissue from the muscles of the eye or eyelid
- Relieving compression on the optic nerve to preserve sight
Eye disorders caused by thyroid disease can usually be managed very successfully.