Scientists have found a gene that may be responsible for the progressive eye disease Fuchs corneal dystrophy (FCD). Published in the New England Journal of Medicine, the study concludes that people with a gene called transcription factor 4 are five times more likely to develop FCD.
HealthDay reports that Senior study author Albert Edwards tells them that, “understanding the genetic predisposition for FCD may be helpful for selecting participants for future studies on the condition, especially for research aimed at understanding if this genetic risk predicts its progression. Developing a genetic test for FCD could also help surgeons avoid transplanting donor corneas that might eventually develop the disease.”
Some people have reported positive results when trying to treat FCS naturally.