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When Samantha was diagnosed with Grave's disease, she nearly lost her life. The autoimmune disorder that causes hyperthyroidism led to her having bulging eyes. She meets with oculoplastic surgeon Dr. Raymond Douglas to address the lasting effects of the disease.
"I always look like I'm surprised and my eyes look like they are popping out of my head," she tells The Doctors, explaining she experienced a failing heart, tremors, a large goiter, a loss of strength in her extremities, and pain in bulging eyes as a result of Graves' disease. When she had her thyroid removed her symptoms subsided, except for the change in her eyes. "I just want to be able to look in the mirror and see me," Samantha adds.
During the surgery, Dr. Douglas moves her eyes back into their regular position while also recontouring bones around the eyes and removing fat from Samantha's face.
"I'm back to 100 percent," Samatha says as she debuts her new transformed eyes. The mom says she is now free of eye pain, does not have light-sensitivity and is now able to do much more with her daughter. "Everything is great," she adds, telling The Doctors she will now be able to do things like go to the beach and play in the snow with her daughter for the first time in 3 years.
Dr. Douglas says most patients with this lasting effect of Graves' disease could make ideal candidates for this eye surgery.