What is Fuchs’ endothelial dystrophy?

Fuch's endothelial dystrophy

Fuchs’ endothelial dystrophy is a genetic condition that affects the back layer of cells on the cornea called the endothelium. When a person has Fuchs’ endothelial dystrophy, small proteins called guttae begin to form on the endothelium, and the proteins interrupt endothelial cell function. Endothelial cells are responsible for regulating the amount of fluid in the cornea and maintaining crisp vision.  As guttae progress, they lead to decreased vision, light sensitivity and pain from the resulting swelling and small blisters that may develop on the cornea.  Luckily guttae may be detected early during a comprehensive eye exam and may be closely monitored by specialized testing, such as with a specular microscope.

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