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.

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 or check out these services for Blackpool and Lancashire.

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