Exophthalmos is a protrusion of the eyeball from the eye socket that can affect one or both eyes. The condition, commonly associated with abnormal thyroid levels found in Graves’ disease, can become quite serious, causing lasting visual impairment. Approximately one-third of patients with Graves’ disease experience thyroid eye disease, and this population frequently has exophthalmos.
There are many treatment options for the condition, including orbital radiotherapy (RT) that delivers low doses of radiation to the eyes to help reduce swelling. Orbital radiotherapy may be utilized initially as the primary treatment, or it may be considered if the condition worsens. It is often combined with corticosteroids, especially if steroids alone have been ineffective.
A number of clinical studies demonstrate that orbital radiotherapy is effective in treating eye symptoms caused by Graves’ disease:
Our highly skilled radiation oncologists have extensive experience in treating patients with exophthalmos. Our leading-edge radiation planning and treatment technologies, coupled with the deep expertise of our treatment team, ensure patients receive the safest, most effective treatment possible. We work closely with our referring physicians, collaborating and communicating with them throughout the entire treatment process so they can closely follow their patient’s progress. We are committed to providing our mutual patients the best possible care. To learn more about how radiotherapy can help patients with Graves’ disease, please contact our radiation care team today.