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Fuchs’ Dystrophy in Houston, TX

If you have begun to notice blurred vision in the morning and glare or halos around lights, you may have a condition known as Fuchs’ dystrophy. At Eye Excellence, board-certified ophthalmologist Mary T. Green, M.D., Ph. D, F.A.C.S., treats Fuchs’ dystrophy for the residents of Houston, Missouri City and the surrounding areas of Texas.

What is Fuchs’ Dystrophy?

Fuchs’ dystrophy is a slowly progressing corneal disease that usually affects both eyes and is slightly more common in women than in men. Although doctors can often see early signs of Fuchs’ dystrophy in people in their 30s and 40s, the disease rarely affects vision until people reach their 50s and 60s.

What is the Cause of Fuchs’ Dystrophy?

The cause of Fuchs’ dystrophy is unknown, although it is believed to be an inherited disorder.

Symptoms of Fuchs’ Dystrophy

  • Foggy or blurred vision upon waking.
  • Distorted vision.
  • Eye pain from tiny blisters on the surface of the cornea.
  • Sensitivity to light.
  • Seeing halos around lights.
  • Difficulty seeing at night.
  • Blindness.

Who Is Most at Risk for Fuchs’ Dystrophy?

The individuals who are usually most affected by vision problems from Fuchs’ corneal dystrophy are adults over the age of 50. Interestingly, Fuchs’ dystrophy appears to be more common among women than men.

If either of your parents has Fuchs’ dystrophy, there is a 50 percent chance that you will get the disease.

Fuchs’ Dystrophy Treatment

If you’re diagnosed with Fuchs’ dystrophy, then you can either treat the symptoms or cure the disease. The most common way to cure this rare disease is with a corneal transplant. The good news is that we do not have to perform a full-thickness cornea transplant. We can just replace the damaged portion of the cornea, resulting in a faster recovery time, minimal stitches and a reduced chance of tissue rejection. This is called DSAEK or Descemet’s stripping automated endothelial keratoplasty. Dr. Green can explain treatment options more thoroughly with you.

DSAEK- Descemet’s Stripping Automated Endothelial Keratoplasty

Some diseases, such as Fuchs’ dystrophy, can damage the cells on the critical inner portion of the cornea and cause it to become cloudy. To correct this condition, there’s an innovative procedure called DSAEK. Eye Excellence is one of the few practices in the United States that offers it.

DSAEK is a wonderful and convenient alternative to a full-thickness corneal transplant. This procedure replaces only the damaged cell layer instead of the entire cornea. Only a few stitches are required and the recuperation period is significantly shorter than a full corneal transplant.

This procedure has several advantages over traditional corneal transplant surgery, which include:

  • Faster visual recovery time.
  • Less astigmatism.
  • Structurally stronger cornea.
  • Shorter surgery time.
  • Reduced chance of rejection.

If you live in Houston, Missouri City or the surrounding areas of Texas, and want to learn more about Fuchs’ dystrophy, please contact us today.