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Wed Jun 27, 2007 4:14 pm      Reply with quote
Is it my imagination or do eyeballs start sinking in as we age? I think mine have just started doing it the moment I turned 42 (this year btw!) and POW I'm starting to not recognize them any longer. I guess to make myself feel better, I've started to look at other people, well actresses to be exact, around my age like Sandra Bullock and noticed she seems to look like that too (I'm sure she'd be thrilled to know I'm using her as an example). I'm not sure if they're sinking per se, but something is definetely looking different and I'm needing more mascara or eyeshadow to make them standout. Is there some kinda "fat deposit" back there that just decreases as we age?
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Wed Jun 27, 2007 4:36 pm      Reply with quote
Yes, its so true, 47 this year and I noticed this about a year ago. Don't know cause or remedy. Its not a skin care issue. I remember reading a while back (don't know if it was this board or another) someone saying they thought it was thyroid slowing down which kind of makes sense. People with over-active thyroids have bulging eyeballs, this would be the opposite...
Deinfitely something to do with hormones slowing down. Thanks for bringing it up (really). Think I'll go research what vitamins/supplements can support my thyroid now! Smile

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Thu Jun 28, 2007 2:03 am      Reply with quote
Hi Ladies,

this has happened to me too, and it started whne I was about 24. I didn;t realise hormones may play a part, much less the thyroid. Is Iodine good for supporting the thyroid ?

thanks
Jackie x
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Thu Jun 28, 2007 7:08 am      Reply with quote
I just thought this happened to us as we "get wiser" but I had no idea that the thyroid could play a part in this. I am going to try to find out what we can eat or take that might help underproductive thyroids if that is where the problem may lye. I will post back if I find out anything.
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I found the thread for the sunken eyeballs syndrome Laughing and its on another board, spectacularskin.com,(the skincare board, they have several)and I don't know if it's o.k. to post threads from other boards... Anyway, the product that was discussed was Thyrosense that was helping someone with her sunken eyeballs and its by Lorna Vanderhaeghe and available at iherb.com. I actually heard this Lorna speak a couple years ago at a natural health fair on menopause,she was good, written several books, is a medical journalist. Anyway, if you can search "Thyrosense" at spectacularskin you will get the thread, don't know if u have to be registered. I had registed couple years ago before someone new took over the board and it's just not the same (it used to be "yestherefake" board!) HTH! I think I may get me some Thyrosense, looked up all the ingredients in it in my Prescription For Natural Healing and nothing that can do any harm!

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Thu Jun 28, 2007 1:29 pm      Reply with quote
I am hypothyroid and have never heard of eyeballs sinking back into your skull which would be the opposite of hyperthyroidism (Graves), where your eyeballs start to bulge out of your skull. When one gets hypothyroid they may exhibit symptoms fo puffy face and puffy eyes (almost puffy everything) due to the accumulation of mucin, debris, fat, etc. That's because hypos can't elimate decomposed cells that are typically eliminated by way of the skin, the lungs, the intestine, and, more particularly the kidneys, from which it is excreted in the form of water and urea.

Before I was treated, I had the puffiest eyes where it looked like I really needed a blepharoplasty. The rest of my face was puffy too where I looked almost unrecognizable. Hypo can make you look older! Everything slows down.

Here's a link to pics of hypo patients:
http://www.type2hypothyroidism.com/Type1VsType2.html
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Thu Jun 28, 2007 1:38 pm      Reply with quote
those are great pictures, thanks for the link!

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Thu Jun 28, 2007 1:53 pm      Reply with quote
Certainly some health maladies may affect the way you look, but general aging (redistribution of orbital fat) accounts for the typical sinking look.
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Thu Jun 28, 2007 5:17 pm      Reply with quote
I agree with LilLoco, the eye problem is most likely aging. If you are so hypothyroid that your eyes are puffy, you would be having other symptoms that would dwarf your aesthetic concerns, e.g., extreme fatigue, malaise, muscle cramps, constipation, coldness...

But as a thyroid cancer survivor it is always good to have your doc check out your thyroid (she/he just palpates the gland above the base of your throat to see if it is enlarged or if there are any nodules).
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Thu Jun 28, 2007 5:31 pm      Reply with quote
Thank you for those photos librarygirl. I remember reading a study that found that some of the ageing in the face can be attributed to not only fat loss but also to bone loss and that gravity didn't really play as significant a role as they once thought. After iron, women in the Western World are most deficient in calcium. In order to absorb calcium, magnesium and Vitamin D are needed. Perhaps some of the sunken look you're seeing is due to the bone AND the fat not having as much volume as they once did.
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Thu Jun 28, 2007 10:38 pm      Reply with quote
I think that it may be because as we get older the skin on the eye lid gets thinner over time
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Thu Jun 28, 2007 11:00 pm      Reply with quote
The photos were really interesting...but you could tell the medical book they come from is pretty old, given the fashions and hair! Smile
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