What causes Fuchs Endothelial Dystrophy?
In most cases, Fuchs Endothelial Dystrophy is inherited and risk factors that increase your likelihood of developing the disease include:
- Gender – more common in women than in men
- Genetics / Family History
- Age – typically the disease starts in the 30s and 40s, with symptoms developing later in life
Treatment of Fuchs Endothelial Dystrophy
There is no cure for Fuchs Endothelial Dystrophy but in early to moderate stages of the disease, eye drops or ointments can be used to reduce swelling in the cornea.
In advanced cases, a corneal transplant via endothelial keratoplasty may be needed to clear vision by removing the unhealthy endothelial cells and replacing them with healthy tissue taken from a donor.