Is Treatment for Fuchs Dystrophy Covered by Most Insurance Plans?


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The corneal transplants required by those with Fuchs' corneal dystrophy are covered by most health insurance plans and by Medicare as necessary operations required to prevent or reverse blindness. Prescription glaucoma eye drops used to treat the disease before a corneal transplant is performed are also typically covered by insurance.

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Fuchs' corneal dystrophy is a hereditary disease that causes degeneration of cells in the cornea, resulting in eye pain, severely blurred vision and the sensation of a foreign body in the eye. It ultimately produces extreme swelling and blisters on the cornea; when these burst, the only way to restore vision is a cornea transplant.

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