What is Fuchs/ Endothelial Dystrophy?

Conditions that affect the underside of the cornea are known as "endothelial disorder." Unhealthy corneal endothelium may create glare, or blur, due to increased thickening or irregular reflections of the corneal tissue. The most common of this group of diseases is Fuchs' Endothelial Dystrophy.

How do I know if I have an Endothelial Dystrophy?

Some patients with endothelial dystrophy note more pronounced “blurry vision” in the morning. An eye doctor usually needs to diagnose endothelial disease after a thorough exam. Family history is often helpful for Fuchs' Endothelial Dystrophy.

If you are experiencing any of these symptoms or have questions about your eye condition, make an appointment.

What can be done to treat Endothelial Dystrophy?

Certain medications can help patients with milder endothelial disorders. Advanced disease necessitates a cornea transplant for best vision. Traditional cornea transplants are used for those with severe disease and other abnormalities of the front of the eye.

DSEK (Descemet Stripping Endothelial Keratoplasty) and DSAEK (Descemet Stripping Automated Endothelial Keratoplasty) are newer techniques.

Dr. Harvey has been performing DSEK since 2005, helping pioneer small-incision surgery to selectively transplant the underside of the cornea.

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