2. Common Causes

The people who develop thyroid eye disease generally already have a condition called Graves' disease, which causes an overactive thyroid gland. The condition can cause the immune system to attack the back of the eye, leading to the disease. However, people with an underactive thyroid can also be at risk of thyroid eye disease. On rare occasions, the condition occurs in individuals with normal thyroid function.

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