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Whats fuchs's corneal dystrophy?

Whats fuchs's corneal dystrophy?

Fuchs: Fuchs is a disease of the inner layer of the cornea. In some pts, this layer fails over time and the cornea can become swollen. When the cornea is swollen, the patient can experience vision loss. Additionally, some patient's with Fuchs' get a plaque or membrane in their central corneal causing vision decline. In these instances, surgery such as DSEK (partial corneal transplantation) is helpful ...Read more

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Is there a relationship between cataracts and fuchs's corneal dystrophy?

Is there a relationship between cataracts and fuchs's corneal dystrophy?

No: Fuch's is a condition of the cornea where the cornea can become cloudy, and cataract is where the lens of the eye becomes cloudy. Surgery for one can affect the other by causing the clouding to progress. Cataract surgery can exacerbate clouding of the lens from Fuch's. ...Read more

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I have opinions from 2 doctors. One says I have Fuchs dystrophy and other says I don't. They both do corneal transplants. Should I get 3rd opinion?

Depends on vision: If your vision is 20/20 or 20/25 it is not likely either doc will recommend surgery, Fuchs or no Fuchs. So, no need to arrive at a diagnosis now. If worse vision and need surgery, then a 3rd opinion is sometimes necessary before proceeding. But its possible that the Fuchs is so mild that it is difficult to detect. In that case, no need to worry. Take care. ...Read more

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In Fuchs dystrophy, will contact lenses make symptoms worse because the cornea is getting less oxygen. I really don't want to give up wearing contacts?

In Fuchs dystrophy, will contact lenses make symptoms worse because the cornea is getting less oxygen. I really don't want to give up wearing contacts?

Need to talk to eye: doctor. I would ask that to your opthalmologist. I feel that there is more a chance of you going blind wearing contacts. The oxygen is important and the new contacts are gas permeable. But....... I would not take the chance of infection or keratitis and go blind. Best wishes. ...Read more

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What are the chances that I will inherit fuchs' dystrophy if my grandma had it?

What are the chances that I will inherit fuchs' dystrophy if my grandma had it?

Fuchs: Fuchs dystrophy does run in families and typically develops later in life. If you are concerned, the best next step is a detailed eye examination with an eye care provider who can use a slit lamp to look for any signs of early Fuchs Dystrophy. Fuchs is not 100% transferred so your chances are likely low, but they are not 0%. ...Read more

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What are the odds that i will inherit fuchs' dystrophy if my grandma was the first to be diagnosed?

What are the odds that i will inherit fuchs' dystrophy if my grandma was the first to be diagnosed?

Fuchs: Fuchs dystrophy does run in families and typically develops later in life. If you are concerned, the best next step is a detailed eye examination with an eye care provider who can use a slit lamp to look for any signs of early Fuchs Dystrophy. Fuchs is not 100% transferred so your chances are likely low, but they are not 0%. ...Read more

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