Fuchs Dystrophy


Fuchs Endothelial Dystrophy is a genetic eye disease that affects both eyes. In Fuchs Endothelial Dystrophy, the back lining of the cornea (clear, front part of the eye) becomes damaged over time which affects the cornea’s ability to keep itself clear.

  • Typically affects women as they get into their 40’s and 50’s, but it can happen to anyone.
  • Vision can become cloudy and fluctuate. In advanced Fuchs the cornea can become scarred and cause significant visual debilitation.
  • The cornea consists of 5 layers and the back layer, the endothelium, has pumps that regulate the water content of the cornea. In Fuchs these pumps become damaged, which allows water to build up in the cornea. This buildup of fluid is not healthy to the cells in the cornea.
  • We are all born with a set number of the cells that contain these pumps and over time we all start to lose these cells gradually as we age. In Fuchs, the loss of these cells is accelerated from the damage that the genetic mutation causes to these cells.


Mile High Eye Institute are committed to providing our patients with the best and most up to date treatment options for all eye conditions.

  • Descemet’s Stripping Endothelial Keratoplasty (DSEK) is an intraocular surgery performed by Dr. Richheimer to remove the sick layer of the cornea and replace it with a new, better functioning layer. This avoids the need for a full thickness corneal transplantation which is a riskier and less advanced procedure.
  • Muro 128 may be recommended to you in the early stages of Fuchs. The purpose of Muro is to aid the poorly functioning corneal endothelial pumps in removing fluid from the cornea.
  • DMEK: DMEK is a specialized form of endothelial keratoplasty involving the very thinnest possible donor tissue. With DMEK surgery patients with Fuchs’ dystrophy have the possibility of regaining 20/20 vision! Mile High Eye Institute is proud to offer DMEK surgery for our patients.

If you or a family member has Fuchs’ Dystrophy, we urge you to call for an evaluation to learn more about your condition, treatment possibilities, and possibly gain from our modern site restoring treatments.

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