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    Old 08-14-2006, 11:02 AM   #1
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    fuchs' corneal dystrophy: anyone else have this?

    i am 64 and have developed this in the last 2 years. it is dominant autosomal inherited, but doesn't show up till later in life. am losing my vision.

    anyone know what i am talking about?

    carole

     
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    Old 08-14-2006, 01:26 PM   #2
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    Re: fuchs' corneal dystrophy: anyone else have this?

    Carole :

    Had a sister with Fuchs'. She was 60 when received a corneal transplant.

    This what I know about Fuchs' :

    Fuchs’ dystrophy is an inherited condition that affects the delicate inner layer (endothelium) of the cornea. The endothelium functions as a pump mechanism, constantly removing fluids from the cornea to maintain its clarity. Patients gradually lose these endothelial cells as the dystrophy progresses. Once lost, the endothelial cells do not grow back, but instead spread out to the fill empty spaces. The pump system becomes less efficient, causing corneal clouding, swelling and eventually, reduced vision.

    In the early stages, Fuchs’ patients notice glare and light sensitivity. As the dystrophy progresses, the vision may seem blurred in the morning and sharper later in the day. This happens because the internal layers of the cornea tend to retain more moisture during sleep that evaporates when the eyes are open. As the dystrophy worsens, the vision becomes continuously blurred.

    Fuchs’ affects both eyes and is slightly more common among women then men. It generally begins at 30-40 years of age and gradually progresses. If the vision becomes significantly impaired, a corneal transplant may be indicated.

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    Old 07-10-2007, 09:49 AM   #3
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    Re: fuchs' corneal dystrophy: anyone else have this?

    I have fuchs, to find out more, join fuch's friends. I am looking for a good corneal specialist in upstate New York. Does anyone have one that does corneal transplants.

     
    Old 08-27-2007, 01:46 PM   #4
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    Re: fuchs' corneal dystrophy: anyone else have this?

    hi all i am 41 and was diagnosed with fuchs corneal dystrophy just a few months ago, to find out more visit fuchs friends this is a board with other fuchs patients and can learn alot from these people who haev experienced fuchs and soem who are just recently diagnosed with it.

     
    Old 11-16-2007, 05:34 AM   #5
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    Re: fuchs' corneal dystrophy: anyone else have this?

    hi I am a 70 yo male in the uk and two years ago was diagnosed with Fuchs' The condition is as read and I elected to have pioneering surgery called Ten Cell. This acronym translates as true endothelium cell transplant.
    I had both eyes' endothelium cell counts done and from memory they were below 300. Subsequently I had both my dying endothelium transplanted with healthy viable endos and can say that I have not looked back since. The operation is a key hole (3mm long incision) procedure with minimal post operative visual disturbance due to three or four very small stitches and I have not suffered any rejection issues at all. Although this procedure is in its early stages I would offer hope to all Fuchs' sufferers in that one day this procedure will offer them all great vision with no side effects.
    After my right eye was transplanted I was able to drive on the following day (with care).
    The only after effect is correctable astigmatism (with spectacles) although if I'm honest I was astigmatic before the op.
    There is hope out there so don't dispair.
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