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Fuch’s Dystrophy

Blurred vision

Fuch’s dystrophy is an eye disease in which cells in the endothelial layer of the cornea begin to die off. These cells act as pumps to pump out the excess fluid from the cornea keeping it clear. As more and more cells die off fluid begins to build up in the cornea causing the cornea to swell and the vision to become cloudy or hazy. Fuch’s dystrophy is more common in women than in men, and usually vision problems do not appear before the age of 50. However your ophthalmologist may begin to see signs of the disease in people by the age of 30 to 40. Fuch’s dystrophy is largely inherited but the condition has occurred in people that do not have a family history of the disease.

Symptoms may include:

Exams and Testing may include:


  Early stage

  Later Stage


Fuch’s dystrophy gets worse over time. Without a corneal transplant a person with severe fuch’s may have very reduced vision or become blind. Your Ophthalmologist will talk with you and let you know what the best options are for your treatment.