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  • Anonymous
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      Hi! I had decompression surgery in 1993 after battling eye problems for three years. It’s usually recommended as a last resort surgery, after steroids and radiotherapy. In orbital decompression surgery, the bone between the eyes and the sinuses is removed. This allows room for your eyes to fall back into the eye sockets, and dramatically reduces the bulginess. There are some risks and other problems, such as double vision and lid malposition, that may need additional surgery to correct. For me, it was the best option and I don’t regret having done it. Today, my eyes look almost normal – if you didn’t know me, you wouldn’t guess that I had five surgeries on my eyes. For more info check out these links:

      http://www.mayo.edu/Mayo_Ophtho/Graves_info.html
      http://www.bib.lu.se/elbibl/projekt7/THYROID.HTM#graves

      Please feel free to email me if you have specific questions.

      Best of luck and Happy Holidays! :) Debby

      Anonymous
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        Dear Debby,

        Read yr with interest posting of 22 Dec 96.

        Our son (33) has had GO for 2.5 years, just in one eye, and has
        10 mm exophthalmos. Looks like he will have to have surgery soon;
        his sight is OK, but he is finding it difficult living with
        it.

        Could you let me know the measurement of your exophthalmos,
        before and after?

        And did you have it done endoscopically, from within the sinuses –
        or the more conventional method with access externally,
        from the face/head?                                                Tks yr help.

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