Fuchs’ dystrophy is a type of eye condition that affects your vision by affecting the cornea. The condition can lead to cloudy vision, glare and even eye discomfort. Fuchs’ dystrophy can impact on both the eyes and cause your eyesight to weaken over the years. However, in many cases, Fuchs’ dystrophy is diagnosed when the person reaches his 50s or 60s. Well, you can prevent your eyes from Fuchs’ dystrophy and its symptoms by taking some medications or home remedies. But when it comes to lost vision, corneal transplant surgery is the only way to cure the condition.
What are the symptoms of Fuchs’ dystrophy?
Fuchs’ dystrophy is generally progressive, thus you may notice symptoms on a gradual basis. Also, there are two stages of Fuchs’ dystrophy. In the first stage, you may face blurry vision which may get even worse when you wake up as the fluid builds up in the cornea while sleeping. You may also trouble to see in dim light.
The second stage causes major symptoms such as swelling and pain in the eyes. As Fuchs’ dystrophy increases, you may notice light sensitivity, low vision in humid weather, trouble driving at night, night blindness and cloudy vision.
What are the causes of Fuchs’ dystrophy?
Fuchs’ dystrophy is caused due to any issue in endothelium cells in the cornea, which is responsible to balance fluids in your cornea. Any infections in them cause fluid buildup that thickens your cornea and affects your vision. The condition can be hereditary, If any of your family members have it, you are more likely to develop the same. According to the study of the National Eye Institute, women are more affected by Fuchs’ dystrophy as compared to men. Smoking is also a major factor in developing the symptoms of Fuchs’ dystrophy.
Fuchs’ dystrophy: Diagnosis and treatments
Well, Fuchs’ dystrophy is diagnosed by any specialized eye doctor, who is commonly known as ophthalmologist or optometrist. You should visit your eye doctor immediately whenever you notice any symptoms of Fuchs’ dystrophy. Well, it is recommended to opt for eye exams regularly to identify any underlying issue in your eyes.
Your eye doctor also takes your eye pressure test to diagnose the disease, named Glaucoma, which is caused due to untreated Fuchs’ dystrophy. Well, the early signs of Fuchs’ dystrophy are not noticed at first. According to the thumb rule, your eye doctor makes a diagnosis based on your complaint about discomfort in eyes or even changes in vision.
When it comes to treatments for Fuchs’ dystrophy, you can opt for natural treatments such as homeopathy to get rid of its symptoms. As homeopathy is a holistic approach, it does not involve any surgery. A homeopathy doctor can prescribe you with some ointments or eye drops to relieve the symptoms of Fuchs’ dystrophy. But if the condition has become worse, the doctor may perform an endothelial keratoplasty (EK) or a full corneal transplant to provide you a complete cure and improve your vision.
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