27.05.2014

New procedure for cloudy vision

New procedure for cloudy vision

Scottish doctors are working on a new treatment for Fuchs" dystrophy which is less invasive than former procedures.

The ailment causes cloudy and blurred sight in sufferers and in the past they have had to have their corneas replaced, necessitating stitches that could be in place for as long as two years.

But a new, quicker and less invasive procedure called an endothelial transplant is now being carried out at the Princess Alexandra Eye Pavilion in Edinburgh.

Consultant ophthalmic surgeon Dr Ashish Agrawal told the Herald that the procedure does not need stitches and heals much faster, as well as being a lot cheaper.

In the new treatment, only the affected part of the cornea is replaced.

He has performed the surgery many times.

According to StLukesEye.com, Fuch"s dystrophy is a little more common in women than in men, though it affects both genders.

People generally contract it in their 30s.

Symptoms may include being sensitive to light or suffering from hazy vision, especially in the morning, as well as a gritty sensation in the eyes.

by Martin Burns


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