Posted by: juliegriffey | July 21, 2014

Comfort for Dry Eye due to RAI – Graves Disease – Hyperthyroid Treatment

Bruder eye hydrating compress

Bruder eye hydrating compress provides dry eye relief

This week at Amcon – our items of the week are two products that help to alleviate dry eye symptoms: the Bruder Eye Hydrating Compress and the Niteye Bubble Eye Bandage. The Bruder Eye Hydrating Compress is a microwaveable, warm compress in the shape of a sleep mask that helps unplug oil glands. The Niteye Bubble Eye Bandage is intended to be worn while sleeping, protecting the eyes from drying conditions by sealing in moisture. Both of these products can be godsends for people suffering with dry eye syndrome.

I have read a lot about dry eye over the years and am fairly familiar with some of the diseases and conditions that cause it.  But recently I learned about a treatment for a condition that can cause dry eye: RAI treatment for Graves disease.  And they way I learned about RAI treatment for Graves disease was via my co-worker at Amcon who is afflicted with this condition.

Graves disease is a condition where you have an overactive thyroid. It can be a real pain: it will make you (among other things…) irritable, anxious, have heart palpitations and lose weight despite eating normally.  Fortunately, though, Graves disease can be treated.

A common treatment for Graves disease is radioactive iodine therapy, and the way it works is that the radioactive iodine (RAI) will kill the overactive thyroid cells.   However, one downside to RAI treatment is that it can be so effective that the treatment can lead to hypothyroidism (an underactive thyroid) and supplemental hormones must be given to bring the thyroid function back to a normal level.

Another side effect of the RAI treatment is temporary dry eye.  Fortunately the dry eye is usually not permanent, but while the symptoms are present – products like the  the Bruder Eye Hydrating Compress and the Niteye Bubble Eye Bandage can provide a lot of relief.  And lucky for my coworker, he has easy access to these great products working here at Amcon for when he starts his RAI treatment.

Do you all see patients with dry eye syndrome due to RAI treatment in your office?  What other products do you recommend?


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