How does pregnancy affect glaucoma?

It is important to understand that any eye drop used for glaucoma by the mother can get absorbed into the circulation and it may affect the fetus; also some medicines are secreted in breast milk for nursing mothers. There is risk to the fetus with all glaucoma medications – especially in the first trimester of pregnancy. If you have glaucoma and are planning to start a family, please have a consultation with your eye doctor and physician to discuss this issue.

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Important message for glaucoma patients

It is important for you to get yourself regularly screened for glaucoma. If you have been diagnosed to have glaucoma, effective treatment options are now available and regular treatment and follow up can help you to preserve your vision for your lifetime, avoiding unnecessary fear of going blind.

You can live happily with glaucoma and enjoy an excellent quality of life, particularly if the disease is detected early and treated in time. Always remember that once you have glaucoma, you will have to be under the care of an eye doctor for the rest of your life.

There is a lot of research going on and new treatments may become available for glaucoma in the near future.

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