Treatment for Graves disease can be difficult. Initially, artificial tears or ointment can be satisfactory. Glaucoma drops can help lower intraocular pressure. Examination and coordination between the ophthalmologist and endocrinologist is crucial to treat the underlying thyroid disease. Some believe that correcting the thyroid problem will improve or stablilize the eye disease. This has not been consistent however. Many times the eyes worsen eventhough the thyroid is well controlled. Oral antiinflammatory steroids, localized radiation and/or surgery have been used in more advanced casees of Graves disease.
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