My child is very concerned about the change in appearance. Can anything be done?

The eye disease has to settle down first and this will take about 18 to 24 months. After this, if there are still concerns, you can discuss with the doctor the options available to help your child’s appearance.

Will my child’s vision be affected?

Some children with thyroid eye disease have double vision, which can be corrected. It is extremely rare that there is loss of sight. You should, however, see the doctor if your child notices a change in their eyesight.

My child has recently started learning to drive but has just been diagnosed with TED. Can they continue to drive?

If your child has double vision, the Driver and Vehicle Licensing Agency (DVLA) must be informed. Driving with double vision is dangerous and illegal and can affect their insurance. The DVLA will normally ask for a medical report. When the double vision is treated, the DVLA will usually declare them ‘fit to drive’.