Thyroid Eye Disease

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Fund Type

  • Co-pay, Co-insurance & Deductibles
  • Office visits and administration charges related to treatment
  • Medical Insurance premiums

Maximum Award Level


Eligibility Requirements
  • Household Income Requirements 400% or less of Federal Poverty Guideline (FPG) (adjusted for Cost of Living Index (COLI) and number in household)
  • Insurance Requirements All Insurance Types
  • Must reside and receive treatment in the United States.

About Thyroid Eye Disease

Thyroid Eye Disease (TED) is characterized by progressive inflammation and damage to tissues around the eyes. Progressive inflammation, swelling, and tissue changes occur. Associated symptoms include pain, gritty feeling in the eyes, swelling or abnormal poisoning of the eyelids, watery eyes, bulging eyes, or double vision. TED is an autoimmune disorder in which the body’s immune system mistakenly attacks healthy tissue.

TED most commonly occurs as part of Graves’ Disease (autoimmune disease of the thyroid) however, it can also occur in people with an underactive thyroid such as Hashimoto thyroiditis. Approximately 90% of the cases of TED occur in the setting of Graves’ Disease. While TED often occurs in people living with hyperthyroidism or Graves’ disease, it is a distinct disease and treating hyperthyroidism may not resolve the eye symptoms and signs.

While the exact prevalence is unknown, it is estimated that 16 per 100,00 women and 2.9 per 100,000 men in the general population are affected.

Other potential terms for this disease include: Graves’ orbitopathy, Graves’ ophthalmopathy, Graves’ eye disease, thyroid-associated orbitopathy, or thyroid-associated ophthalmopathy.

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