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31 January 2022
Winter 2022

Here we summarise three research papers from a recent issue of Optometry in Practice.

Ocular changes during pregnancy

Parminder Kaur, Chohan MCOptom

Pregnancy results in various changes to all systems within the body, including  the visual system. Several physiological changes can occur within the eye, such as corneal morphology, dry-eye disease and a reduction in intraocular pressure. 

Pathological ocular conditions may also occur during pregnancy due to pre-existing or new disease. Diabetic retinopathy and glaucoma can progress during pregnancy and diseases such as pre-eclampsia can cause retinal detachments and cortical blindness. 

It is, therefore, important that ocular diseases are identified and managed effectively to ensure healthy development of the baby and the mother’s wellbeing.

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