Managing Eye Issues Related to Hashimoto’s

In the video “Managing Eye Issues Related to Hashimoto’s,” Dr. Martin Rutherford addresses the common question of how Hashimoto’s disease can contribute to eye issues such as double vision and blurred vision. While eye issues are not commonly listed as a symptom of Hashimoto’s, Dr. Rutherford explains that there is a connection. He discusses the role of the cerebellum in controlling eye muscles and how dysfunction in this area can lead to blurred vision. Additionally, he mentions that dry eyes may be related to other autoimmune conditions such as Sjogren’s. Overall, while more research is needed to fully understand the connection, it is clear that eye issues can be managed through the functional medicine model of treating Hashimoto’s.


If you have Hashimoto’s and are experiencing eye issues such as blurred vision, double vision, or dry eyes, you are not alone. While these symptoms may not be commonly recognized as associated with Hashimoto’s, they can be quite prevalent in some individuals. In this article, we will explore some of the eye issues that can occur with Hashimoto’s and delve into the potential connections and underlying mechanisms. We will also discuss factors that can affect eye health in individuals with Hashimoto’s and explore how treatment approaches can help improve these eye issues.

Eye Issues Associated with Hashimoto’s

Blurred Vision

One of the most common eye issues associated with Hashimoto’s is blurred vision. Many individuals with Hashimoto’s report experiencing blurred vision, which can be a frustrating symptom. The connection between Hashimoto’s and blurred vision is not entirely understood, but it could be related to the impact of Hashimoto’s on the cerebellum, a part of the brain responsible for balance and eye muscle control. When the cerebellum is not functioning properly, it can affect the fixation of the eyes, leading to blurred vision.

While blurred vision can be a prominent complaint among individuals with Hashimoto’s, it is important to note that not all cases of blurred vision are directly linked to Hashimoto’s. Other factors, such as refractive errors or age-related changes in vision, can also contribute to blurred vision. However, some individuals have reported an improvement in their blurred vision after their immune response is controlled through treatment.

Double Vision

Double vision, or diplopia, is another eye issue that some individuals with Hashimoto’s may experience. However, the connection between Hashimoto’s and double vision is not as clear as with blurred vision. It is challenging to determine whether double vision is directly caused by Hashimoto’s or if other factors are at play. In some cases, when the immune response is controlled and inflammation decreases through treatment, the double vision may improve or even resolve. Further research is needed to fully understand the mechanisms behind this improvement.

Dry Eyes

Dry eyes, a condition characterized by insufficient tear production or poor tear quality, can also be associated with Hashimoto’s. Dry eyes are more commonly related to another autoimmune condition called Sjogren’s syndrome, which can often coexist with Hashimoto’s. Sjogren’s syndrome is known to cause dryness in the eyes and mouth. Sometimes individuals with Hashimoto’s may have undiagnosed Sjogren’s syndrome, and running antibody tests can help identify the presence of Sjogren’s. If dry eyes are experienced alongside Hashimoto’s, it is essential to consider the possibility of Sjogren’s as a contributing factor.

Managing Eye Issues Related to Hashimotos

Understanding the Connection

To better understand the connection between Hashimoto’s and eye issues, it is important to explore the underlying mechanisms at play. Hashimoto’s Thyroiditis has a concept known as molecular mimicry, which involves the immune system mistakenly attacking healthy tissues due to their resemblance to the target tissue. In the case of Hashimoto’s, there is a molecular mimicry between the immune response and the cerebellum. The cerebellum plays a role in controlling eye movements and fixation. When the cerebellum is affected by the immune response, the fixation of the eyes can be disrupted, leading to blurred vision.

While the exact relationship between Hashimoto’s and eye muscles is not yet fully understood, it is known that the cerebellum controls the muscles responsible for eye movements. When the cerebellum’s function is compromised, it can affect the coordination and control of these eye muscles. This could potentially contribute to the occurrence of double vision in some individuals with Hashimoto’s.

Factors Affecting Eye Health

In addition to the direct impact of Hashimoto’s on the eyes, certain factors related to the condition can also affect overall eye health. These factors include chemical imbalances resulting from inflammatory responses, nutrient deficiencies, and blood pressure and oxygen levels.

Chemical imbalances that occur as a result of inflammatory responses in individuals with Hashimoto’s can interfere with certain nutrients necessary for maintaining good eye health. Inflammation can disrupt the balance of these nutrients, potentially leading to visual disturbances.

Nutrient deficiencies can also play a role in eye health. In individuals with Hashimoto’s, nutrient absorption and utilization can be impaired, leading to deficiencies in essential nutrients required for maintaining optimal eye function.

Blood pressure and oxygen levels can impact eye health as well. Low blood pressure, which can occur in some individuals with Hashimoto’s, may adversely affect ocular blood flow and oxygen delivery to the eyes. By addressing and improving blood pressure levels, it is possible to positively impact eye health and potentially alleviate some eye issues associated with Hashimoto’s.

Managing Eye Issues Related to Hashimotos

Improving Eye Issues with Hashimoto’s Treatment

To address eye issues associated with Hashimoto’s, taking a functional medicine approach to Hashimoto’s treatment is crucial. This approach focuses on identifying and addressing the root causes of the condition rather than simply managing symptoms. By doing so, it is possible to improve the overall autoimmune response and reduce inflammation, potentially leading to improvements in eye health.

While complete resolution of vision problems, especially severe refractive errors, may not be achievable through Hashimoto’s treatment alone, many individuals have reported improvement in their blurred vision and dry eyes with functional medicine treatment. By managing the underlying autoimmune response and reducing inflammation, it is possible to alleviate some of the symptoms associated with Hashimoto’s, including the eye issues mentioned.


Although eye issues are not commonly recognized as symptoms of Hashimoto’s, many individuals with the condition can experience blurred vision, double vision, or dry eyes. The connection between Hashimoto’s and these eye issues can be attributed to the impact on the cerebellum and immune responses. Treatment using a functional medicine approach to address the underlying autoimmune response and reduce inflammation may help improve these eye issues. While complete resolution of all eye problems may not be possible, functional medicine treatment offers hope for managing and improving eye health in individuals with Hashimoto’s. If you are experiencing any vision problems or have concerns, it is always best to consult a healthcare professional for personalized advice and appropriate treatment.

Managing Eye Issues Related to Hashimotos

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