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Newly Diagnosed

If you either have just been diagnosed with Fuchs, or believe that you may have the condition, then firstly and most importantly - don't worry.

Fuchs itself will not cause blindness, and is these days a very treatable condition, with a growing number of expert surgeons countrywide who can perform the necessary operation.

Fuchs is a condition that many of in the group cope with very well on a day to day basis, with some minor adjustments to everyday living, depending upon the severity of each case.

In very simple terms, the front of the eye is called the cornea, and this consists of a number of layers including the stroma, and endothelial layer. The stroma is like a sponge that can adsorb water, and to prevent too much water building up, the endothelial cells pump the excess water away to maintain the eye's normal function.

Over everyone's lives, the number of endothelial cells that we have is set at birth, and then gradually over our lifetime, thesecells decrease, but even at the end of our lives, there is still an adequate number to pump the excess water.

With Fuchs the number of cells is either lower at birth, or the rate of decrease is faster, and so therefore at some point, there are insufficient cells to pump the water out. Because there are now very small droplets of water in the stroma layer, this results in the characteristic glare and rainbow effects that we talk about.

Being newly diagnosed is frightening, but hang in there, read the rest of the information around the site, and really, talk to us via the Yahoo forum group.