Fuchs' Corneal Dystrophy
The eye disease Fuchs' Corneal Dystrophy affects the innermost layer of the 3 layers of the cornea, called the "endothelium":
In the endothelium you'll find thousands (depending on your age) of little "pumper" cells that pump the water out of the eye. When you have Fuchs' Corneal Dystrophy those little "pumper" cells die. When they die, they don't replace themselves, but swell and create "bumps" called "gutatta". The result is that the more cells that have died in the cornea, the blurrier and "hazier" the vision is. Also, because the cornea is the "window of the eye" and assimilates the light that comes in, the more advanced the dystrophy is, the harder it is for your eyes to handle light. That's why many people with Fuchs' Corneal Dystrophy are "blinded" by car headlights at night, and have difficulty identifying people when the light is behind the person they're viewing. People with Fuchs' Corneal Dystrophy often find that things look blurry, with a "ghost-like" blur to the image like this:
Do YOU have Fuchs' Corneal Dystrophy? I know that the usual reaction to being diagnosed with such a relatively unknown eye disease is shock, panic, and the strong desire for information about it.
This is not "medical advice" but only an average person who has Fuchs' Corneal Dystrophy relating what she has learned from the disease she has. It is NOT intended to replace a trained eyecare professional's care. This website is not responsible for any damage as a result of reading it.