I learned something new from a routine optician appointment yesterday, that I thought may be of interest to anyone with dry eyes as one of their thyroid symptoms.
I'm a contact lense wearer and have six monthly check ups as part of my eye health care. Recently, I've experienced dry, gritty eyes, sometimes feeling I can't quite focus properly (either close-up or distance), and my eyes have been unusually 'gunky'.
I told my optician, and also mentioned that I've been diagnosed with a multi-noldular goitre in the past week (having had a hemithyroidectomy 12 years ago, and my mother is hypo). The optician immediately sprang into action! She confirmed that I have 'meibomian gland disfunction', which affects one's ability to produce efficient tears because of a hormone imbalance. She said that thyroid disfunction could be a reason (although couldn't confirm definitively) and noted that the thyroid is "the conductor in the endocrine orchestra". How beautifully put!
I came away with lots of advice on how to alleviate the problem and a follow-up in a month. I was advised to get the underlying hormone imbalance sorted through my GP. I was so grateful to have someone enthusiastic and professional confirm that it's not all in my head - I now have another tangible piece of evidence to take with me to my next GP appointment. Now...that's a whole other story!
Hope this is of help to some of you trying to join the dots.