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Ami Shah Vira, MD (Ophthalmology)

Dr. Shah Vira grew up in Arizona. She moved to Chicago to complete a combined engineering and medical program at the Illinois Institute of Technology (IIT) and Chicago Medical School. She completed a highly competitive two year dual fellowship in Neuro-ophthalmology and Oculoplastic at the highly regarded Ohio State University in Columbus, Ohio. Dr. Shah Vira specializes in surgical correction of the eyelids and eyebrows, eyelid malposition and tumors, excessive tearing, and conditions involving the orbit.

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Dr. Abe graduated from The University of Tokyo School of Medicine in 2015. He completed his residency at the Tokyo Metropolitan Health and Longevity Medical Center. He co-founded Ubie, Inc. in May 2017, where he currently serves as CEO & product owner at Ubie. Since December 2019, he has been a member of the Special Committee for Activation of Research in Emergency AI of the Japanese Association for Acute Medicine. | | Dr. Abe has been elected in the 2020 Forbes 30 Under 30 Asia Healthcare & Science category.

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  • My eye are popping out

  • Eye is bulging

  • Bulging eyes

  • Eye pops out

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About the Symptom

Proptosis is the bulging of one or both or the eyes from their natural position. It can occur due to other medical conditions.

When to see a doctor

Seek professional care if you experience any of the following symptoms

  • Bulging eyes

Possible Causes

Generally, Bulging eyes can be related to:

  • Hyperthyroidism

    A disorder of an overactive thyroid gland. This causes overactivity of thyroid hormones that are needed for growth, development, and metabolism. Causes include viral infections, brain disorders, and autoimmunity (where the body's immune system attacks itself). Symptoms include weight loss, tremors and palpitations and/or rapid heart rate.

  • Neurofibromatosis

    Neurofibromatosis is a disorder that causes tumors to grow on nerves, the spinal cord, or the brain as well as areas outside the nervous system. The tumors are usually benign, but can occasionally become cancerous. There are 3 kinds of neurofibromatosis with different symptoms, and they are usually diagnosed in childhood or early adulthood. The disorder is caused by a gene mutation which is most often inherited, or can arise randomly during life. In addition to these tumors,

  • Relapsing Polychondritis

    Relapsing polychondritis is a rare autoimmune disorder where the immune system mistakenly damages and causes inflammation in cartilage tissue. Cartilage deterioration can affect any part of the body where cartilage is present, but the most commonly affected tissues include the cartilaginous parts of the nose, ear, airways, and joints.

  • Graves' Disease
  • Uveitis

Related serious diseases

Sometimes, Bulging eyes may be related to these serious diseases:

  • Cerebral Hemorrhage

    This is a life-threatening condition where bleeding occurs in the brain tissues or spaces. It is a type of stroke. Causes include high blood pressure, weakened blood vessels, bleeding from a tumor, and head trauma. Risk factors include hypertension, excessive alcohol consumption, and diabetes.

Doctor's Diagnostic Questions

Your doctor may ask these questions to check for this symptom:

  • Do your eyes bulge?

  • Do you have a reduced appetite and eat less food?

  • Is your neck swollen?

  • Are you feeling nauseous or have you been vomiting?

  • Do you have a fever?

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References

  • Wright JE. Proptosis. Ann R Coll Surg Engl. 1970 Dec;47(6):323-34. PMID: 5536948; PMCID: PMC2387903.

    https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC2387903/

Reviewed By:

Ami Shah Vira, MD

Ami Shah Vira, MD (Ophthalmology)

Dr. Shah Vira grew up in Arizona. She moved to Chicago to complete a combined engineering and medical program at the Illinois Institute of Technology (IIT) and Chicago Medical School. She completed a highly competitive two year dual fellowship in Neuro-ophthalmology and Oculoplastic at the highly regarded Ohio State University in Columbus, Ohio. Dr. Shah Vira specializes in surgical correction of the eyelids and eyebrows, eyelid malposition and tumors, excessive tearing, and conditions involving the orbit.

Yoshinori Abe, MD

Yoshinori Abe, MD (Internal Medicine)

Dr. Abe graduated from The University of Tokyo School of Medicine in 2015. He completed his residency at the Tokyo Metropolitan Health and Longevity Medical Center. He co-founded Ubie, Inc. in May 2017, where he currently serves as CEO & product owner at Ubie. Since December 2019, he has been a member of the Special Committee for Activation of Research in Emergency AI of the Japanese Association for Acute Medicine. | | Dr. Abe has been elected in the 2020 Forbes 30 Under 30 Asia Healthcare & Science category.

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