Non-Transplant Alternatives for Fuchs Endothelial Dystrophy

Fuchs endothelial dystrophy results in an abnormally rapid loss of cells on the inner surface of the cornea, so that fluid can no longer be pumped out of the cornea fast enough, resulting in swelling, thickening and loss of clarity. Corneal transplantation of relatively healthy donor tissue is the classic treatment. However, several simple methods may delay or even obviate the need for transplantation.

Hypertonic saline drops and/or ointments may remove enough fluid from the swollen cornea to improve clarity of vision enough for the patient to have functional vision. See our Products page for further information.

Evaporation helps to remove fluid from the swollen cornea. While this happens naturally throughout the day, as the patient keeps his or her eyes open much more than while asleep, the evaporation effect can be accelerated and enhanced by judicious use of a hair dryer, blowing dry air onto the eyes!

New minimally invasive surgical and growth factor therapies are being developed, which may ultimately replace corneal transplantation.