The Original Fuchs' Support Group
Telling The World About Fuchs'
Since 1999

One of the first very lucky contacts I had through my Fuchs' webpage was fellow Fuchs' sufferer Bob, who also lives in Calif. By email we built the official Fuchs' website and set up a private Bulletin Board where many of us have gathered to share information. This condition is so much easier to deal with when you have knowledge about how to live with it. And it's great to find others who know what you are going through.

Our group calls itself "Fuchs' Friends," and we now have Over one thyousand five hundred (1500) friends from Australia, Brazil, Canada, England, Finland, France, Greece, India, Ireland, Israel, Italy, Japan, Netherlands, New Zealand, Poland, Portugal, Spain, UK, and all over the United States. In addition, we've been in contact with Fuchs' sufferers from Northern Ireland, Malaysia, Mexico, Oman, Panama, Scotland, Singapore, and others. We are at all stages of the disease, and many of us are still holding down jobs. We have men and women, our ages vary.

There seems to be little or no printed literature available about the inherited eye disease called Fuchs' (pronounced FEWKS or FOOKS) Corneal Dystrophy or the corneal transplant procedure and healing. We "Fuchies" in Fuchs' Friends are hoping to provide supportive literature for doctors to give their patients, or perhaps we can get the attention of a medical entity that will offer to fill this need.

Here are six ways you can help accomplish this:

1. We have a booklet called "My Journey With Fuchs' Corneal Dystrophy, Diagnosis to Transplant." It is the story of the 25 year scenario of a typical Fuchs' patient from first diagnosis to eventually restored vision. For very little cost, you can buy this booklet here for yourself, members of your family, or for your eye doctor(s). We even have a downloadable version for our international members and doctors. Proceeds will be used to pay for domain name and webhosting for two websites designed to help Fuchs' patients and their families. Visit them and see for yourself:

http://www.fuchs-dystrophy.org/ One Person's Journey With Fuchs'

http://www.fuchs-dystrophy.com/ A Portal for Fuchs' Information

2. You can visit our IRS approved 501(c)(3)Nonprofit Foundation website The Corneal Dystrophy Foundation, click on the DONATE! in the left margin and make a donation either on line or via the US Postal Service.

3. You can sponsor the printing and mailing of a copy of this booklet to one or more doctors, to a city or state of your choice if you wish, and we will have the book sent out with a notation that it was provided through your generosity. You may have your name listed on the booklet or remain anonymous. Email webmaster@fuchs-dystrophy.org to make the arrangements. Our hope is that eye specialists who receive this booklet will want to order more copies for their Fuchs' patients.

4. You can visit our website The World Through Our Eyes and acquaint yourself with the visual problems and idiosyncrasies that come with Fuchs' Dystrophy. You can use our printable version to pass along to others.

5. You may purchase a CD from a talented musician who has become our "Angel," David Folsom of Nashville, TN. He is donating the entire proceeds of this CD sales to help support our group. Read about David's generous offer, listen to samples of his original music, and order his CD HERE. We are so lucky to have a person like David who wants to help. His music is beautiful, as is his heart.

6. You may make a contribution through the Amazon Honor System.

Amazon Honor System Click Here to PayLearn More To donate, simply use your mouse and 'click to give' and you will be taken to Amazon.com and they will handle and process your most generous donation.

Everything about Fuchs' Friends support group has been a grass roots and volunteer effort, and this is just one more step along our path of helping the other "one percenters" to cope with this inherited eye disease. In fact, considering how quickly our Fuchs' Friends group has grown to 1160+ sufferers, I wonder if it is ONLY 1% of the population who have Fuchs'?

Dorothy, co-founder of Fuchs' Friends
Internet support group for people
affected by Fuchs' Corneal Dystrophy



Most of us wear humungous sunglasses or goggles, whether we call them wraparounds or "bullfrogs." Some of us wear two or three at once.

Many of us use Muro Ointment and/or drops, and some use Refresh. If you have Fuchs', ask your doctor about these.

Humid days make our vision foggier. Crying doesn't help, either.

At least one of us was told by a doctor not to rub our eyes and to eat spinach!

We all have funny stories about things we saw that we thought were something else until we got surprised!

Many of us have discovered that fatigue or stress causes our eyes to be a little worse during those times.

My Fuchs' Friends taught me how to make the print bigger on my computer screen on days I need it.

We are all getting expert at finding information on the Internet and digging up the names of the very best eye doctors in our area.

Most of us were scared, worried, and upset when we were first told we had Fuchs'. And many of us were not given much information about Fuchs' and had to go find it on our own.

We are getting very good at lining up the right questions to ask when we meet with our doctors.

And finally this bit of wisdom from one of our members about finding the best possible doctor:

I DO hope you can find an excellent corneal specialist who is not only a good and experienced surgeon but also available for the essential after-care. Nothing good happens without a good doctor. Before I found the specialist I see now, I asked two optometrists I respected for a recommendation. I went to a good hospital and asked their eye doctors who they looked to as examples of outstanding specialists. I even asked my optician who was kind enough to ask several of his optometrist friends for the name of a highly regarded corneal specialist. When you start hearing the same name from several reliable sources, you know you've hit the jackpot. It's so important. posted by Fuchs' Friend Eileen


Only invited members are allowed
Discussions are private, for members only
Group is not listed in a public directory
You can post messages
You can upload photos
You can post links to websites
Text chat is available

To see a sample of the messages, go here to our
public YahooGroup.
Click on "Messages" on left side

More Features of YahooGroups:

Members have all posts emailed to them unless they opt otherwise
Only moderators can invite new members
Registration requirements are your birthdate, M or F, and zipcode
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You can remove yourself from the group at any time: use "Unsubscribe"
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