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Duke Eye Center Study

Duke University Eye Center is conducting a research project to find the cause of Fuchs’ corneal dystrophy. The main goal of their research is to determine the genes that are responsible for putting patients at risk for Fuchs’ corneal dystrophy.

Participation in their research is completely voluntary and if you decline to participate, your healthcare with your eye doctor and with the doctors at Duke will not be affected.

Their research on Fuchs’ Corneal Dystrophy is funded by the National Eye Institute and there is no additional cost to individuals who decide to participate.


Since, this is a genetic study, Duke will ask all participants to give them small blood samples that they will use to analyze the DNA in relation to the study. In these analyses.

You will not be identified by your name and you will only be identified by numbers or letters if you participate. Duke will also ask for permission to contact you by telephone or E-mail if they have questions related to the study.

They will ask you to mention the study to your family members to see if they also want to participate as this will benefit the project immensely. If your family members are willing to participate, Duke can give them a call and let them know how to become part of the Fuchs Corneal Dystrophy research project.


If you decide to participate in this study, you will be asked to sign a consent form, which Duke will provide. 

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact Fuchs’ Genetic Study Coordinator at 919-681-9459 or Dr. Natalie Afshari at 919-684-3799 during regular business hours, Eastern Time.

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