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Fuchs’ Corneal Dystrophy: An Eye Disease That Runs in the Family

 
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You should also be examined if anybody in your family (parents, siblings, etc.) has been diagnosed with Fuchs’.

Is there a cure?
The only cure for Fuchs’ is a cornea transplant, but that is a last resort. Luckily, I was diagnosed early enough and get temporary relief with B&L Muro 128 eye drops (sodium chloride). It can be used as often as every 30 minutes.

Putting drops in your eyes that frequently becomes annoying and sodium chloride (salt water) will sting at first, but it definitely helps with vision and also pain, which happens when the cornea swells. However, sodium chloride is only for therapeutic purposes. It is not a cure.

What not to do
Don’t try to diagnose yourself. If you are having cloudy or blurred vision, find an ophthalmologist who specializes in corneal disease and make an appointment.

Don’t treat yourself. It’s important to follow your doctor’s directions. You may read about home remedies on the Internet such as blowing air across your eyes with a hair dryer to dry up the corneal fluid.

DON’T DO IT! Listen to your doctor!

Don’t panic. If you’ve heard that your mother or sister has been diagnosed with Fuchs’ (Fuchs’ tends to affect women more often than men), don’t freak out. Just get checked out. Because it’s a genetic disease, an ophthalmologist who specializes in corneal disease can tell you if you have Fuchs’ even if you haven’t experienced any symptoms.

The good news. Having the Fuchs’ gene in your family doesn’t guarantee you will develop the condition. The best approach is to be aware of your vision and see your eye doctor annually. And remember my mother’s words, “You only have one pair of eyes.”

Sources:

My Ophthalmologist: David R. Simon, M.D., Ph.D., F.A.C.S. 201 N. University Drive, Plantation, FL, 33324

Fuchs Corneal Dystrophy – Fuchs’ Support. Web. 14, December, 2011
http://www.fuchsdystrophy.org

National Eye Institute – National Institute of Health - Facts About The Cornea
and Corneal Disease – Fuchs’ Dystrophy. Web. 14, December, 2011
http://www.nei.nih.gov/health/cornealdisease/#e

Mayo Clinic – Health – Fuchs’ Dystrophy – Definition. Web. 14, December, 2011

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