Ocular manifestations of pregnancy

Derek Kuhl, Stephen G. Schwartz, Bhavna P. Sheth, William F. Mieler

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Pregnancy may be associated with ocular changes, which most often are transient in nature. It can exacerbate preexisting conditions or be associated with development of new conditions. The ocular effects of pregnancy may be divided into physiologic changes, pathologic conditions, or modifications of preexisting conditions. Pathologic conditions include entities such as preeclampsia and eclampsia, along with conditions that are seen with increased frequency during pregnancy such as central serous chorioretinopathy. The most significant modified preexisting condition is diabetes mellitus. The various effects of pregnancy on the eye will be reviewed throughout this chapter.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationRetinal and Choroidal Manifestations of Selected Systemic Diseases
PublisherSpringer New York
Number of pages13
ISBN (Electronic)9781461436461
ISBN (Print)9781461436454
StatePublished - Jan 1 2013


  • Amniotic fluid emboli
  • Central serous choroidopathy
  • Disseminated intravascular coagulation (DIC)
  • Eclampsia
  • HELLP syndrome
  • Ocular manifestations of pregnancy
  • Preeclampsia
  • Pregnancy-induced hypertension
  • Purtscher’s-like retinopathy
  • Thrombotic thrombocytopenic purpura (TTP)

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Medicine(all)


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