Risk Factors Increase Fuchs Dystrophy Severity

Tuesday, April 22, 2014

Risk Factors Increase Fuchs Dystrophy Severity

Certain risk factors may increase the severity of Fuchs Endothelial Corneal Dystrophy (FECD). Fuchs’ Dystrophy is a type of corneal disease that affects the inner most layer of the cornea-the endothelium. Generally, Fuchs’ Dystrophy is slowly progressive, occurs in both eyes and is slightly more common in women than men. While sometimes we see Fuchs Dystrophy in people in their 30’s and 40’s, it usually does not compromise vision until people are in their 50’s or 60’s.

Researchers reporting in the journal Investigative Ophthalmology and Visual Science studied the effects of smoking, and other risk factors, on the development of advanced Fuchs' Endothelial Corneal Dystrophy (FECD) and on central corneal thickness (CCT). As expected, being female increased the odds of developing advanced Fuchs' Endothelial Corneal Dystrophy (FECD) by 34% and smoking increased the odds by 30%. Diabetes was also associated with increased in corneal thickness-reflecting greater risk of corneal swelling.

If you or someone you know has questions about risk factors that may increase the severity of Fuchs Endothelial Corneal Dystrophy (FECD), please feel free to call Eyecare Medical Group, 53 Sewall Street, Portland, Maine 04102 at 888-374-2020, visit Eyecare Medical Group or facebook.com/eyecaremedicalgroup to schedule an appointment.