Thyroid Eye Disease

Thyroid Eye Disease (TED) is an auto-immune condition. It causes muscles and fatty tissue behind and around the eyes to become swollen. This sometimes causes the eyes to be pushed forward (proptosis) and become dry or irritated. It can also cause double vision if the eye muscle balance is disrupted.

A specialist TED clinic is scheduled on the first Wednesday of every month. If you have an appointment for this clinic you will see the Orthoptist who will test your eye movements, assess any double vision and perform a visual fields test. Prisms or tape are sometimes used to reduce or eliminate any double vision. You will also see an Ophthalmologist who will assess the severity of the condition and provide treatment and advice.

For more information about Thyroid Eye Disease;

http://tedct.org.uk/thyroid-eye-disease

https://www.rnib.org.uk/eye-health-eye-conditions-z-eye-conditions/thyroid-eye-disease

http://www.btf-thyroid.org/information/leaflets/36-thyroid-eye-disease-guide

Smoking is a major risk factor for worsening TED. Stopping smoking is very important if you have this condition.

The Smokefree National Helpline on 0300 123 1044.

– Your GP (please note that not all GPs in Blackpool provide this service so please contact your practice for further information).

– Your local community pharmacy.

If you live in Fylde or Wyre you can contact QuitSquad

T: 0800 328 6297 (opt 4)

E:  bfw-tr.StopSmoking@nhs.net

W: www.quitsquad.nhs.uk

Contact us

If you need to contact the Orthoptic department please ring 01253 953457

Alternatively, you can email bfwh.orthoptics@nhs.net