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Fuchs' Corneal Dystrophy: My Story

 
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I’ve followed his instructions to the letter.

I felt it was only a matter of time before I was able to get the corrected prescription for my eyeglasses and move on with my otherwise healthy life.

Unfortunately, five months after the surgery, I woke up one morning with no sight in my right eye. I couldn’t see color, only black outlines of people and total blur.

I rushed in to see Dr. Caruana and he informed me of the good news and bad news. The good news was that I have a very healthy immune system. For a 59-year-old woman, that’s always good news.

But the bad news was that my immune system was rejecting my new cornea. My question to him was, “Now what?”

It’s been two weeks since the rejection. I’m on medication and once again the Muro 128, but my sight has not returned yet. I may need to have another corneal transplant, but the doctor is hoping the meds will help.

While the corneal transplant has been more of an ordeal that I had ever expected, I don’t regret having the surgery. I work every day to maintain a positive attitude and have full trust in my doctor, which is essential when having this type of procedure.

If there’s a possibility that you may have Fuchs’ corneal dystrophy, don’t wait. Make an appointment with an ophthalmologist who specializes in corneal conditions.

Sources and further reading:

Fuchs’ Dystrophy: Definition. Mayo Clinic. Web. 01, October, 2012
http://www.mayoclinic.com/health/fuchs-dystrophy/DS01147

Fuchs Endothelial Dystrophy: Background. Medscape. Web. O1, October, 2012
http://emedicine.medscape.com/article/1193591-overview

Give Hope Through Knowledge and Information. Corneal Dystrophy Foundation. Web. 01, October, 20122
http://www.cornealdystrophyfoundation.org/index.html

Albert Caruana Jr., M.D. Cleveland Clinic. Web. O1, October, 2012
http://my.clevelandclinic.org/staff_directory/staff_display.aspx?DoctorID=9099

Sodium chloride solution - ophthalmic, Muro-128. Medicine Net. Web. O1. October, 2012
http://www.medicinenet.com/sodium_chloride-ophthalmic_solution/article.htm

Reviewed October 1, 2012
by Michele Blacksberg RN
Edited by Jody Smith

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