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Advanced Fuchs’ Dystrophy Treatment with the IEK Corneal Transplant

Fuchs’ Dystrophy is a serious eye condition that causes swelling and clouding of the cornea, gradually affecting vision. At TLC Yonge Eglinton Laser Eye Centre in Toronto, ON, we offer an advanced IEK (femtosecond enabled keratoplasty) corneal transplant, which provides effective relief from this condition. This Fuchs’ Dystrophy treatment is reserved for advanced cases that have not responded to other treatments. Our team of specialists will work with you to manage your symptoms and prevent vision loss.

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Fuchs’ Dystrophy is a progressive eye disease which causes the cornea to become inflamed and cloudy.

What is Fuchs’ Dystrophy?

Fuchs’ Dystrophy is a progressive eye disease. Over time, the cells that make up part of the cornea lose their ability to process fluids in the eye. Those fluids then begin to build up, causing the cornea to become inflamed and cloudy.

Fuchs’ Dystrophy is primarily genetic. Symptoms of the disease may come and go at first, making it more difficult to identify the problem. You may notice:

  • Clouded or hazy vision
  • Glare or halos around lights and other objects
  • Difficulty seeing contrast
  • Trouble driving at night
  • Eye pain
  • Vision fluctuations throughout the day, especially in the morning

As the disease progresses, the corneal inflammation and cloudiness can begin to affect patients' vision. Without treatment, it could lead to complete vision loss. The disease is slightly more common in men than in women, and usually occurs in patients in their 50s and 60s.

How is the Condition Diagnosed?

As with most eye diseases, early diagnosis is crucial to saving your vision. It is also easier to diagnose Fuchs’ Dystrophy in earlier stages. Our doctors will use a variety of different tests to measure your corneal thickness and to view damage to those tissues.

Fuchs’ Dystrophy Treatment Options

Unfortunately, there is no cure for this progressive disease. Treatment for early stages will focus on minimizing pain and slowing the disease’s progression. In more advanced stages, we may recommend surgery.

Our advanced procedure reduces the risk of astigmatism and other vision problems.

An IEK corneal transplant uses laser technology to retrieve the donor corneas and remove the damaged corneal tissues from the patient. Due to the precision of the laser, the donor corneas nearly perfectly align with the recipient’s eyes. This reduces the risk of astigmatism and other vision problems, while also allowing for a quicker recovery period.

Recovery and Aftercare

It can take up to a year or more to fully recover after a corneal transplant. That does not, however, mean you are unable to work or drive for that amount of time. With IEK, most patients can return to work within one to two weeks.

You will need to keep your moderate to strenuous exercise and activities to a minimum for several weeks to avoid disturbing the new corneal tissue. You will use steroidal eye drops for several months after surgery, and you may need one or more rounds of antibiotics and other medications to minimize your risk of infection and inflammation.

Restore Your Vision Today

If you have begun noticing changes or inconsistencies in your vision, contact our office online or call (866) 684-2020 today to schedule an appointment. Eye diseases can progress quickly and with little warning, so it is best to get checked out as soon as you notice a problem. You should also remain diligent with your eye exams, which can help us detect problems before you even notice any symptoms.

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