Thyroid Eye Disease

Thyroid Eye Disease

Thyroid eye disease often occurs in patients who have thyroid gland abnormalities.

Orbital Decompression

Occasionally, patients may experience thyroid eye disease before they develop detectable abnormalities in thyroid function. In thyroid eye disease, the tissues around the eye become swollen and cause the eyes to bulge forward. Sometimes, the swollen tissues may compress the optic nerve and cause gradual vision loss.

Blocked tear ducts can cause:

  • Excessive and chronic tearing
  • Discharge from the eye
  • Crusting of the eye
  • Infection of the tear sac

In order to treat blocked tear ducts, Dr. Michael McCracken can bypass the clogged tear duct by making a new tear drainage canal into the nose. A small silicone tube is placed in the new tear duct for three months to keep it open. The procedure may be performed through a one centimeter skin incision in the skin or through the nose, without a skin incision. The procedure takes about 30 minutes and is performed in the operating room with IV sedation or general anesthesia. Postoperative discomfort is minimal, and most patients can return to normal activities within a week. Makeup and contacts can usually be worn after a week.

Dr. McCracken will meet with you to assess your individual situation and discuss any possible risks that you may experience. Request an appointment online or call the McCracken Eye and Face Institute today to set up an appointment for a consultation with Denver facial plastic surgeon Dr. Michael McCracken.

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