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Fuchs’ Dystrophy

Be Eye Wise and find out that Fuchs’ Dystrophy is a progressive disease affecting the part of the eye called the cornea – the clear, round dome covering the eye’s iris and pupil. Fuchs’ dystrophy reduces the number of endothelial cells that make up the inner layer of the cornea. When these endothelial cells diminish, the cells stop processing water properly and fluid starts to build up. The corneal tissue gradually thickens, causing the cornea to become swollen and cloudy, losing its crystal-clear transparency.

Symptoms of Fuchs’ Dystrophy can be:

  • Hazy or cloudy vision.
  • Glare around certain objects (especially light sources).
  • Halos around certain objects.
  • Reduced visual acuity.
  • Reduced ability to discern contrasts.
  • Difficult driving at night.
  • Fluctuations in vision, especially in the early morning.
  • Pain in the eye.

Causes of Fuchs’ Dystrophy can be:

  • Genetic, but not always

Treatment of Fuchs’ Dystrophy:

No current treatments can stop the change in the corneal tissue, therefore treatment of Fuchs’ dystrophy mostly focuses on relieving symptoms and pain. This can be accomplished using prescription ointments, drops or bandage contact lenses. In very advanced cases, your doctor may recommend a corneal transplant or other surgical procedures.

To learn all you can about Fuchs’ dystrophy, please schedule an appointment with a Northwest Eye doctor. Because the more you know, the better you see.


Serving Our Community

With six locations throughout the Twin Cities metro area, Northwest Eye is among the largest eye care providers in the Midwest. Be Eye Wise and schedule a general eye exam or a specific service consultation today. We have optical  at the following offices:  Golden Valley, Minnetonka, Maple Grove, St. Anthony, and Wayzata, MN.

8501 Golden Valley Rd.,
Suite 100 & 200
Golden Valley, MN 55427
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12501 Whitewater Drive, Suite 110
Minnetonka, MN 55343
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12000 Elm Creek Blvd N., Suite 100
Maple Grove, MN 55369
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2601 39th Ave NE., Suite 1
St. Anthony, MN 55421
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250 Central Ave N., Suites 105 & 107, Optical Suite 106
Wayzata, MN 55391
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7125 Tamarack Rd, Suite 150,
Woodbury, MN 55125
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11091 Ulysses St NE., Suite 400
Blaine, MN 55434
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9801 Dupont Ave S., Suite 100
Bloomington, MN 55431
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10709 Wayzata Blvd., Suites 100 & 120
Minnetonka, MN 55305
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