Before deciding on a treatment plan, your eye doctor will, first of all, diagnose which dystrophy is affecting you. If you have a family history of corneal dystrophy, let your ophthalmologist know as this information could help with diagnosis.
Commonly, corneal dystrophies are discovered during a routine eye exam. Another reason to keep up with your yearly schedule! Ophthalmologists use a silt lamp microscope to spot any area of the cornea which do not look normal.
Because corneal dystrophies progress so slowly, it may be years or even decades before any abnormality affects your eyesight. Regular eye exams are important for this reason, and doubly so if you have a hereditary risk factor.