• Why do I have severe headaches with Fuchs’?


    Question:

    Why do I have severe headaches with Fuchs’?


    Answer:

    If you have Fuchs' heterochromic iridocyclitis (or Fuchs’ uveitis syndrome, an inflammatory disease affecting the front of the eye, where eyes also happen to have differently colored irises), you can get a headache when you have a flare-up of inflammation inside of the eye. During one of these episodes, inflammatory cells are circulating in front of the eye and it can be very painful for the iris to expand and contract in response to light. Sometimes, ophthalmologists prescribe medications to keep the eye dilated to help reduce the pain.

    If you have Fuchs' Corneal Dystrophy (a condition where cells in the front of the eye die prematurely, causing swelling and blurry vision) you can get associated eye pain, but it should not be a headache. In this condition, the cornea can swell and form bubbles on the surface that can rupture. This can feel similar to when someone suffers a corneal abrasion (scratches their eye).


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