Someone recently asked me, “If one has Fuchs’ corneal dystrophy and vision corrected to 20/40, what are the chances of improving vision to 20/20 or 20/25 with DSEK surgery?” Here’s what I had to say:
Most people with Fuchs dystrophy have problems not only with visual acuity, but also contrast sensitivity, glare, and often pain from blisters that can appear on the corneal surface. Most Fuchs patients then are looking to DSEK not only as a way of improving their visual acuity, but also alleviating many of the other symptoms. That being said the chances of being correctable with glasses or contact lenses to 20/25 or better is around 80-90% percent. For more information regarding Fuchs Dystrophy, DSEK, and the differences between this procedure and a traditional corneal transplant or penetrating keratoplasty, please visit our cornea website.