A common occurrence in Grave's Disease is eye bulging (proptosis), also called exophthalmos. This is caused by swelling behind the eye itself. Because your eye socket is not flexible, your eye has no choice but to be pushed outward. Hence the eye bulging. It can be mild (as it was in my case). It can also be severe. Still others will have no symptoms whatsoever.
It's very important you ask your doctor what to look for. His/her answers may include things like: a gritty feeling behind the eye, scratchiness, pain behind the eye, eye twitching, dryness. In severe cases, you may also experience double vision or blurred vision because of pressure on your optic nerve. If anything seems unusual with your eyes, go see your doctor immediately!
In addition, your eyelid(s) may retract more than normal (as mine did). This will cause more of the white of your eye to be exposed. You can see it in my eye photos I have posted. My right eye was so bad I had to tape my eyelid shut at night. Or squish my face into my pillow which I did most nights.
Click on the underlined words below for more information:
For a definition of exophthalmos, click exophthalmos defined
Eye proptosis is measured by a device called a Hertel Exophthalmometer
To see my before, during and after proptosis photographs, click Linda's photos
For information on how I relieved the dry, gritty feeling in my eyes, click relieving dry, gritty feeling in my eyes
Remember, the most important thing you should do is be on the lookout for ANYTHING unusual when it comes to your eyes. See your doctor immediately. Make sure your doctor explains what you should be looking for.