Thyroid Eye Disease Treatment in Providence, RI

Thyroid eye disease (TED) affects individuals with thyroid disorders, particularly those with Graves' disease. TED can cause significant discomfort and impact your daily life. If you’re struggling with this condition (or suspect you are), it’s crucial to seek timely treatment. 

At Rizzuto Eyelid & Facial Plastic Surgery in Providence, Dr. Rizzuto, a board-certified oculofacial plastic surgeon, and his team specialize in TED diagnosis and treatment. They are here to help you find relief and improve your quality of life.

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Understanding Thyroid Eye Disease

Thyroid eye disease, or Graves' ophthalmopathy, is an autoimmune disorder. It occurs when the immune system attacks the muscles and other tissues around the eyes.

This condition is commonly associated with hyperthyroidism. However, it can also affect those with hypothyroidism or euthyroid (normal thyroid function).

Symptoms of Thyroid Eye Disease

TED symptoms can vary from mild to severe. They may include:

  • Bulging eyes (proptosis)
  • Double vision (diplopia)
  • Dry, gritty, or irritated eyes
  • Swelling and redness
  • Pain or pressure
  • Light sensitivity
  • Difficulty moving the eyes
  • Difficulty closing the eyes completely

TED Treatments

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At Rizzuto Eyelid & Facial Plastic Surgery, we offer a range of treatment options for thyroid eye disease, including:

  • Medications: Anti-inflammatory medications and corticosteroids can reduce inflammation and swelling in the eyes.
  • Radioiodine Therapy: Used to treat hyperthyroidism, this therapy can also help manage TED symptoms.
  • Surgical Interventions: Surgery may be necessary in severe cases. Some of the most common surgical procedures include orbital decompression, eyelid surgery, and strabismus surgery (to correct double vision).


How Is TED Diagnosed?

The diagnostic process may involve: 

  • A thorough eye exam
  • Imaging tests, including CT or MRI scans
  • Blood tests to evaluate thyroid function

How Does TED Affect Vision, and Is the Damage Reversible?

Thyroid eye disease can affect your vision in several ways. It can cause:

  • Double vision
  • Reduced visual sharpness
  • Corneal damage, which may result from difficulty closing the eyelids
  • In severe cases, vision loss due to optic nerve compression

Many of these problems can be avoided. Early diagnosis and treatment are crucial to prevent permanent damage and preserve vision.

How Long Does Recovery Take After Surgery for TED?

Recovery time varies based on the type of surgery performed. Most patients experience significant improvement after a few weeks to months. However, complete healing can take longer.

Why Choose Rizzuto Eyelid & Facial Plastic Surgery?

Rizzuto Eyelid & Facial Plastic Surgery is run by a board-certified oculofacial plastic surgeon with specialized expertise in facial rejuvenation and eyelid surgery. Dr. Rizzuto's advanced training and extensive experience make him a standout expert in the field. His proficiency also extends to non-surgical rejuvenation services, including:

Dr. Rizzuto and his team pride themselves on delivering exceptional patient care. They also use the most advanced techniques in oculofacial plastic surgery and facial treatments.

Schedule a Consultation for TED Treatment in Providence

Are you experiencing symptoms of thyroid eye disease? Don't wait to ask for help. 

Schedule a consultation with Rizzuto Eyelid & Facial Plastic Surgery in Providence, RI, by calling (401) 274-6622. Our team is ready and happy to assist you.

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