Until recently many ophthalmologists1,3,7,8 considered that the prognosis of keratoplasty for Fuchs' dystrophy was poor. In 1952, however, Stocker12 reported two successful grafts for Fuchs' endothelial and epithelial dystrophy. In 1953, Paton4 included the results of keratoplasty in 13 cases of Fuchs' dystrophy, with five successful grafts. In 1956, Stocker10 reported 12 more cases, with good results in seven eyes, fair results in two eyes, and failure in three eyes.
The present study reports the outcome of keratoplasty for Fuchs' dystrophy performed on 20 eyes of 18 patients at the Manhattan Eye, Ear, and Throat Hospital from 1952 to early 1957, which were followed from 3 to 36 months (average, 11.4 months). Five patients (six eyes) were from the cornea clinic of the hospital, and the others were private patients of Dr. Paton (eleven patients, twelve eyes), Dr. H. Katzin (one patient, one eye), and Dr.
PATON RT, SWARTZ G. Keratoplasty for Fuchs' Dystrophy. AMA Arch Ophthalmol. 1959;61(3):366-369. doi:10.1001/archopht.1959.00940090368004