Graves' Eye Disease
An autoimmune disorder, Graves' disease is the most common cause of hyperthyroidism in the United States. In many cases, symptoms of this condition affect the eyes, but Graves' disease can also affect other parts of the body, causing symptoms such as anxiety, nervousness, and rapid heart rate.
The treatment recommended for this condition will vary, based on the type of symptoms a person has and other factors. For example, mild eye symptoms may only require eye shades or artificial tears. In some cases, artificial tears during the day and eye lubricants at night might provide relief of symptoms. For people with more severe symptoms, oral steroids (such as prednisone) may be prescribed.
(To learn more about this condition and its effects on the eyes, click Graves' Disease, Graves' Disease Symptoms, or Treatment for Graves' Disease. These articles provide more in-depth information on who is affected by this condition and what to expect during treatment.)