What is Fuchs' dystrophy?

This is a condition that affects the cornea, the front window of the eye, where the inner layer of cells that pump fluid and keep it transparent do not function properly. This causes the cornea to become waterlogged and lose its transparency.

What are the symptoms?

Initially you may not have any symptoms and the condition may be identified by your optometrist during a routine visit. As the number of cells deteriorates with time, you may experience clouding of you vision, typically in the morning and this may clear gradually as the day progresses.

In the advanced stages, the clouding will fail to clear, and the eye may occasionally become painful as small blisters develop on the surface of the cornea.

How can it be treated?

By a cornea transplant which can restore good vision in most patients. Cataract surgery may be undertaken either before or at the same time as the transplant surgery to achieve the best possible vision. Mr Patel will perform a thorough assessment of your eyes and advise of the best course of action.
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