The cells that make up the endothelium of the cornea "pump out" water in the eye so your vision is clear. With Fuchs' Dystrophy, the cells are destroyed and your vision gets blurry and cannot be corrected by glasses.
|Diagnosis and staging require a cell count of your endothelial cells and examination of irregularities called "guttae"|
Currently my left eye's vision is 20/40 with corrective lenses and my right eye is 20/25 with corrective lenses. As my right eye gets worse, I will probably have the same procedure done for it in the future.
I was diagnosed with this disorder in 2010 after several years of problems with my vision and the primary diagnosis was "dry eye syndrome". Because the symptoms of Fuchs' Dystrophy mimic the symptoms of many other eye disorders, it usually is not diagnosed for several years. It is a genetic disorder affecting about 4% of the population over 40 years of age.
I found the following video thoroughly (and graphically) illustrates the procedure I will undergo. The doctor says there is a 10% chance of complications up to and including the loss of my eye. My doctor successfully completed cataract surgery on my left eye last May and I am feeling positive about this procedure and hoping to recover within a few weeks. There are no stitches and the tissue is held in place with a gas bubble for a couple of days. The main complications are infection and rejection or the dislodging of bubble and the transplant. I'll be taking a couple of weeks off work while I recover. I'll keep you posted on my progress.
|The gas bubble that caused my panic is situated just above my pupil|