Fuchs’ Dystrophy

Fuchs’ Dystrophy is a corneal disease that reduces the number of cells that make up the inner layer of the cornea. A typical characteristic of Fuchs’ is dewdrop-shaped outgrowths, called guttata, in the layer just underneath the endothelial cell layer. These growths can scatter light and significantly interfere with vision, much like what happens with a cataract

Fuchs’ Dystrophy is a progressive corneal disease and because of this, over time, changes to the corneal cells may interfere with vision. If guttata or corneal swelling are causing a significant decrease in vision, surgery may be necessary to remove the scar tissue.

Fuchs’ Dystrophy is more common in women and is often seen in the the 50s or 60s, although it can appear earlier in adulthood. We find a genetic component but it can also occur in individuals without a family history due to sporadic mutation. Those who inherited the condition from a parent have a 50 percent chance of passing it on to their children.

Check out this video about Fuch’s Dystrophy.

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