Fuchs’ Dystrophy

Fuchs’ Endothelial Dystrophy is a fairly common degenerative condition of the cornea.  Remember that the cornea is the clear front window of the eye like the windshield of your car.  The cornea has a thin layer of endothelial cells that cover the inner surface of the cornea.  These cells have the special job of pumping fluid out of the cornea.  This helps maintain the clarity of the cornea.  With Fuchs’ Dystrophy these cells degenerate slowly over time.  This can lead to a slight haziness to the vision.  When many cells are damaged the cornea becomes swollen (edema).  When the visual symptoms start to interfere with a patient’s daily activities a surgery is recommended.  The procedures that are the most beneficial for this condition are DSEK or DMEK.  These procedures implant new healthy cells into the cornea to replace the damaged cells.

Dr. DeBry has been taking care of patients with Fuchs’ Dystrophy in Henderson and Las Vegas for many years.  He was the first eye surgeon in Las Vegas to treat Fuchs’ Dystrophy with a partial corneal transplant procedure (DSEK).


For more information…

National Library of Medicine article on Fuchs’ Dystrophy

Cornea Research Foundation article on Fuchs’ Dystrophy

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