BayCare Clinic Eye Specialists diagnoses and treats Fuchs dystrophy, a progressive disorder of the cornea
Fuchs dystrophy occurs when endothelial cells in the cornea deteriorate. As those cells are lost, the cornea swells. The endothelium is the thin, innermost layer of the cornea. It pumps water from the cornea and keeps it clear.
What are the symptoms of Fuchs dystrophy?
People with Fuchs dystrophy typically experience a cloudy and swollen cornea, and reduced vision. In its early stages, some people may wake up with blurred vision, followed by clearer vision over the day. Fuchs dystrophy can cause distorted vision, blistering of the cornea, pain or significant vision loss.
Fuchs dystrophy is more common in women than men.
How is Fuchs dystrophy treated?
Initial treatment options may include eye drops, ointments or soft contact lenses to reduce swelling.
In some cases, a corneal transplant may be needed to restore sight.