Fuch’s corneal dystrophy is the most common reason why patients require a relatively new form of corneal transplantation called DSAEK (Descemet’s Stripping Automated Endothelial Keratoplasty). This relatively common disease which causes swelling of the cornea and hence blurred vision has always been known to be genetic, and in a recent New England Journal of Medicine article, the strong genetic component has been established. Dr. Aizuss and Dr. Elkins have been performing DSAEK for the past 4 years with remarkable results, especially compared to the “old” full thickness corneal transplant surgery. Family members of patients with early Fuch’s Corneal Dystrophy should be screened for the disease. It is easily detected by examining the cornea in the office.
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