How Is Thyroid Eye Disease (TED) or Graves’ Eye Disease Treated? - LANSIER

How Is Thyroid Eye Disease (TED) or Graves’ Eye Disease Treated?

Home remedies and lifestyle changes:

  • Use artificial tears or lubricating ointment to relieve dry eyes
  • Wear sunglasses to help with light sensitivity.
  • Apply cool compresses on the eyes to reduce irritation and swelling.
  • Quit smoking, as it can make symptoms worse
  • Reduce stress with regular exercise

If your TED (or Graves' eye disease) symptoms worsen, you may need medication or surgery.


  • Steroid medicine to control eye muscle swelling.
  • Teprotumumab-trbw. Given by infusion (put in body through a vein), this medication reduces TED symptoms and may eliminate the need for eye muscle surgery. If this medication is right for you, your doctor will explain how often treatment is needed.

If you have double vision, your doctor may prescribe special eyeglasses with prism correction to restore normal vision.


TED surgery may be done to reposition the eye or the muscles of the eye, or to remove scar tissue or parts of the eye socket bone. Surgery can:

  • Fix eyelid retraction, relieve dry eye and improve the appearance of the eyes.
  • Help improve vision and bulging eyes
  • Help the eye muscles work better.
  • Push the eye back into a more normal position
  • Relieve pressure on the optic nerve to prevent vision loss.

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