What is thyroid eye disease?

Thyroid eye disease (TED) is an eye condition that causes the muscles and soft tissues in and around your eye socket to swell. It usually happens when you have a problem with your thyroid gland. It may also be called thyroid associated ophthalmopathy (TAO), thyroid orbitopathy, Graves’ orbitopathy or Graves’ ophthalmopathy (GO).

The period of inflammation and swelling caused by TED is known as the "active" stage. This generally resolves on its own over a period of about six months to two years. After this, the inflammation settles, and this is known as the "inactive" or "burnt out" stage.

The biggest problem associated with thyroid disease is dry eyes, see What is dry eye?

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