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How does cataract surgery affect Fuchs' dystrophy?

Fuchs' dystrophy is an inherited condition that gradually worsens with age and is often associated with cataracts. Cataract surgery can make Fuchs' dystrophy worse. (The disease is named after the man who first described the condition.) It is possible that after the cataract surgery, you will need a corneal transplant because the cornea deteriorates due to your cataract surgery. Your surgeon cannot predict if this will happen or not. Sometimes a corneal transplant is performed at the same time as the cataract surgery, but not always. In general, if your surgeon thinks that your cataract surgery has a good chance of being performed without the corneal transplant, it is best to do the cataract surgery first; then, if necessary, do the corneal transplant.

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