Hello ~ I've just discovered GDATF and am thrilled to have found a site relating to Graves. I've felt like the only one with this disease, for so very long.
My story: I am a 53 year old, post menopausal woman and was finally diagnosed with Graves in late 2005/early 2006, after years of symptoms. I initially refused the radioactive iodine treatment to destroy my thyroid and, finally, relented in late 2006. I take Synthroid daily, with precision timing and the necessary spacing of my antacid medication, multivitamin, etc..
The problem is with my eyes. They first “popped out of my head” back in the late 90's and the cause was undetermined, until the Graves diagnosis. I, now, have issues with an occasional popping, or flipping back of the eyelid that feels like the eyeball is being ripped from my head. Although, more and more frequently I experience problems with “stained glass vision” when my eyes are tired or strained. I call this “stained glass vision” because it's like looking through a moving pattern of colors, in geometric formation, usually in the outer line of vision.
To ease the discomfort, I use warm compresses, lubricating eye drops and when I've got an extreme “bug eyed” situation, have started to wear an eye patch while I sleep to avoid rubbing the slightly open eye against the bedding.
Does anyone have any advice regarding this problem? I know that I'm not the only one experiencing this, even though I feel that way.