Systemic Eye Diseases

Systemic diseases are diseases that affect the whole body, with the eye being one of the main organs affected.

Before Treatment

Eyes may experience blurred or loss of vision, pain, redness, swollenness, dry eye, eye-watering or sensitivity to light.

After Treatment

Unfortunately, most systematic diseases cannot be cured but treatment does reduce or eliminate most symptoms.

What are thyroid eye disorders?

Thyroid eye disorders are eye problems that may occur when the thyroid gland does not produce the normal amount of thyroid hormone.

The thyroid gland, which is located in the neck, produces hormones that regulate the body’s metabolism. Metabolism is the rate at which the body’s cells do their work. Your heart rate and the rate at which you burn calories reflect your metabolism. When your metabolism is not normal, eye problems may develop.

What is a migraine headache?

A migraine headache is a special kind of headache that can last for hours to days. It can cause intense pain as well as other symptoms, such as feeling sick to your stomach or having changes in your vision.

What is blepharospasm?

Blepharospasm is forceful, uncontrollable closing of the eyelids. Often it affects both eyes, but it can affect only one. As the condition worsens, the blinking or winking occurs more often. The eyelids can be closed for longer than a normal blinking reflex, which may cause vision problems.

Sometimes the condition is called essential blepharospasm. Essential means that the problem is not caused by any other disease.

Blepharospasm is quite different from the mild spasms of the lid that sometimes occur with stress, use of caffeine, or insufficient sleep and do not affect vision.