Glaucoma, Fuchs Dystrophy and Cataract Surgery
September 13, 2009
I am 87 years old. I have glaucoma, and have lost almost all of the sight in my right eye. The optic nerve in my left eye is still healthy, but I found out yesterday that I have Fuch’s dystrophy. I am a candidate for a corneal transplant but I am concerned about the recovery time. Can you explain a bit further the reduced recovery time that you have referenced before. 6 months vs. weeks.
As a side question, I had cataract surgery 30 years ago. About 4 years ago I had laser surgery to deal with the blisters on my cornea. From what I have read, it appears that the laser surgery would aggravate the Fuch’s. It also appears that the cataract surgery also aggravated the Fuch’s long before it was diagnosed. Is this true?
If you have not been diagnosed with Fuch’s but have a genetic predisposition for it, should you ever have cataract surgery?
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