Fuchs’ Dystrophy

Fuchs’ Dystrophy is a type of corneal dystrophy that occurs when cells in the inner area of the eye begin to deteriorate. Without these cells, the eyes become less efficient at removing excess water from the stroma part of the cornea, causing the cornea to swell and distort vision. If the epithelium cells (outer cells) begin to retain water, the patient can experience a great deal of pain and even develop blisters on the cornea. Vision becomes more impaired due to the changing of the cornea’s curvature.

Symptoms of Fuchs’ Dystrophy

It is common for the symptoms of Fuchs’ Dystrophy to be worse when you wake up in the morning. This is because as you sleep, your eyelids are closed so excess moisture does not evaporate from the cornea. As you go through your day with your eyes open, the excess moisture can evaporate, thereby alleviating some of the symptoms. Symptoms can include:

  • Blurry vision
  • Eye pain
  • Halos and discomfort around lights
  • Eye blisters
  • Rough feelings in the eyes
  • Poor night vision

This condition can be inherited, but it can also happen to people without a family history of the disease. Children have a 50% chance of developing the disease if one of their parents had the disease. It also seems to affect women more than men.

Treatment for Fuchs’ Dystrophy

Medicated eye drops may help alleviate this condition during the early stages. The most effective method to treat advanced stages of Fuchs’ Dystrophy in Rapid City is a corneal transplant.

If you are experiencing any symptoms of Fuchs’ Dystrophy or are having any changes in your vision, contact Wright Vision Center to schedule an eye exam in Rapid City. Our doctors can diagnose your problem, provide treatment recommendations and get you on the path to better vision.

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