Fuchs' Dystrophy

Fuchs’ corneal dystrophy is an inherited disease of the endothelial layer of the cornea. It affects both eyes, causes corneal swelling and loss of vision, and may need to be treated with corneal transplant surgery. Those with Fuchs’ Dystrophy are more likely to have complications from cataract surgery as well. It may advance the progression of Fuchs’ Dystrophy. Fortunately, with the advancement of surgical techniques, we can now replace only the diseased layer leaving the rest of the cornea intact, a procedure known as DSAEK (DESCEMET’S STRIPPING AUTOMATED ENDOTHELIAL KERATOPLASTY). This allows for quicker healing and less risk of rejection. The surgeons at Dulles Eye Associates are the only cornea and fellowship trained eye surgeons in Loudoun County. Aside from a handful of surgeons in Fairfax County trained and performing this advanced surgery. We are the referral center for many ophthalmologists in Northern Virginia, Maryland, District of Columbia, and West Virginia. They have considerable experience in recognizing Fuchs’ Dystrophy and managing this condition. Our physicians perform the newer DSEK procedure, versus a full-thickness transplant for most Fuchs’ patients.