Dr. Mark Vital Discusses Fuchs’ Dystrophy

What is Fuchs’ Dystrophy?

Fuchs’ Dystrophy is a corneal swelling disorder that blurs vision by impacting the innermost cells of the cornea.

In this video from Houston Eye Associates’ Dr. Mark C. Vital, Dr. Vital discusses Fuchs’ Dystrophy, a genetic vision disorder that impacts the inner layer of cells of the cornea resulting in swelling. Below is the test we use to examine the endothelial cells and assess the health of those cells.

Endothelial cell that can be damaged by Fuchs’ Dystrophy

Fuchs’ dystrophy causes the cells of the cornea to die and stop functioning properly. These cells, which are responsible for pumping fluid out of the cornea, help to keep the cornea clear and thin. Individuals with Fuchs’ Dystrophy will experience slow swelling of the cornea and clouded vision that can slowly progress over years or even decades.

What happens if you have Fuchs’ Dystrophy and Cataracts?

Watch the video below to learn more about Fuchs’ Dystrophy and how cataracts impact this condition. The good news? Dr. Vital can surgically treat both conditions using cataract surgery and a procedure called DMEK: