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Graves Eye Disease


Graves’ disease is not caused by the thyroid. The thyroid is actually the victim. Graves is caused by an out of control immune system which is mistakenly sending out antibodies to attack and over stimulate the thyroid. Causing it to produce high levels of thyroid hormones which result in debilitating symptoms.

 

Graves’ associated eye disease / ophthalmopathy is caused by the same antibodies. Unfortunately, the eyes contain proteins which look similar to the thyroid and so when the immune system sends out these antibodies, they can attack the eyes too.

 

The ideal solution for Graves’ associated eye disease / ophthalmopathy is the same as for Graves’ disease: Calm the immune system and stop it from producing these antibodies.