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The Eye in Pregnancy: Ophthalmologic and Neuro-ophthalmologic Changes


Clinical Obstetrics and Gynecology: June 2013 - Volume 56 - Issue 2 - p 397–412
doi: 10.1097/GRF.0b013e31828f273c
Neurologic Diseases in Pregnancy: An Overview

A variety of changes in the eye can occur during pregnancy. These can be physiological, pathologic related to the pregnancy, or pathologic unrelated to the pregnancy. Pregnancy also can affect preexisting conditions. Pregnant women often discuss changes in their health first with their obstetrician; therefore, knowledge of common ophthalmic complaints during pregnancy is of particular concern for the practicing obstetrician. We reviewed the literature for ophthalmic and neuro-ophthalmic conditions that occur during pregnancy or in the postpartum period. Results are presented anatomically, first discussing general ophthalmologic conditions, then neuro-ophthalmic conditions follow. Effects of ocular medications on the fetus are reviewed.

Department of Ophthalmology, Saint Louis University, St. Louis, Missouri

The authors declare that they have nothing to disclose.

Correspondence: Sophia M. Chung, MD, Department of Ophthalmology, Saint Louis University, 1755S. Grand Blvd., St. Louis, MO. E-mail:

© 2013 by Lippincott Williams & Wilkins.