Fuchs' spots

Labelled Diagram of the Eye

Labelled diagram of the structure of the retina

Fuchs' Spots are also known as:

  • Forster-Fuchs Spots,
  • Fuchs' retinal spots,
  • Disciform degeneration (in myopia), and
  • Choroidal neovascularisation (in myopia).

(Synonyms are mentioned for information but not necessarily included as separate entries in this glossary. Where multiple entries are included, the synonym text links to its entry.)

Fuch's Spots are initially caused by tiny breaks in the Bruch's membrane, which is the transparent innermost layer of the choroid of the eye.

These tiny breaks lead to the appearance of pigmented lesions in the macular part of the retina.

These pigmented scars, called Fuchs' Spots, are the result of neovascularization (i.e. the abnormal formation of new, fragile, blood vessels) in the choroid. .

Fuch's Spots generally, though not necessarily, occur in severely short-sighted (myopic) individuals.

Fuch's Spots (sometimes called Forster-Fuchs Spots) are named after the two people who first described them. They are:

  • Ernst Fuchs who described a pigmented lesion (in 1901), and
  • Forster who had already described subretinal neovascularisation (in 1862).

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