Cornea Guttata and Fuchs’ Dystrophy
Cornea guttata is not the same as Fuchs’ dystrophy. The latter is a progressive eye disease, and cornea guttata is the initial sign or structural alteration of Fuchs’ dystrophy.
The problem with this disease is that you may not know you have Fuchs’ dystrophy until it causes noticeable symptoms.
So, getting a regular eye exam can help diagnose Fuchs’ dystrophy before it progresses further.
It’s best to catch the disease early to treat vision problems and control any eye discomfort.
What is Fuchs’ Dystrophy?
In Fuchs’ dystrophy, fluid tends to build up in the clear outer layer on the front of your eye (cornea), causing it to swell, thicken, and get cloudy.
Normally, the cells covering the inside of the cornea (endothelial cells) help maintain a normal balance of fluid within the cornea and prevent any swelling (edema).
Indeed, the endothelial cells are in charge of pumping out excess fluid and keeping the cornea clear enough for you to ‘see properly.’
But, with Fuchs’ dystrophy, the corneal endothelial cells gradually die or do not work properly.
Written by Dr Osama Bahsas Zaky
Updated on October 27, 2021