What is Fuchs dystrophy?

Fuchs dystrophy (or Fuchs corneal endothelial dystrophy) is an inherited eye condition, which may cause your cornea to become cloudy. Your cornea is the clear front 'window' of your eye. Fuchs dystrophy affects the innermost layer of your cornea. It can cause you to become sensitive to light and for your sight to become cloudy. It can develop slowly and can affect vision to a varying degree. 

There are no treatments, such as drops or medicines, which can cure Fuchs dystrophy. However, if Fuchs dystrophy affects your sight, then you will be offered a corneal transplant, which will normally make your sight clear again.

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