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Diagnosis

The Diagnosis of the condition wil generally be made by your optician, or by referal to a hospital consultant.

The typical age range for this condition is 40 and over, however it can start earlier.

Fuchs is typically diagnosed with the optician using a "split lamp" test. This allows the speciist to look at the layers of the cornea and assess its condition

This is a straight forward and simple test, however the brightness of the lamp can be uncomfortable to look at, and you may end up with very watery eyes.

Because Fuchs is not a particularly common condition, not all opticians will have seen cases before, and may not be looking for it in a normal eye test. If you think you have Fuchs, then ask your optician, who should then be able to either check for it.

Unfortunately the "Text books" your optician may dust off to read about Fuchs tend to talk about the condition only affecting old people, and this can sometimes get in the way of the diagnosis. Whilst this is generally true that older people will be more advanced, and therefore the condition will be more obvious, people in their early 40's are diagnosed. ( myself included )

It is not uncommon for the optician to be excited as they may not have has a Fuchs Patient before!