Other Conditions & Exposures

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INFORMATION FOR WOMEN WHO HAVE GLAUCOMA WHILE PREGNANT OR BREASTFEEDING

 

What is glaucoma?

Glaucoma is a condition of the eye whose main feature is damage of the optic nerve, usually due to the pressure in the eye being abnormally high. If untreated, this can lead to blindness; in fact, glaucoma is one of the principal causes of blindness in developed countries. Since glaucoma is a common condition and can occur during young adulthood, and especially middle adulthood, it can happen during pregnancy, particularly in pregnancies of older mothers. There are many types of glaucoma, but the most common type does not have many warning signs and develops gradually. However, it can be recognized early by an eye care professional in people who go regularly for glaucoma screenings.


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