Ophthalmology Surgery During Pregnancy

  • Michael S. Jacobson


The impact of pregnancy on ophthalmic issues and medical conditions is well documented. However, there is very little information in the literature about how pregnancy influences eye surgery. There is scant information on how it affects decision-making and outcomes. In fact, much of the conclusions/recommendations are based on case reports, anecdotal evidence, and animal studies. Truly there is a paucity of literature on the subject of ophthalmic surgery in pregnancy. No doctor wants to put a pregnancy, mother, or fetus at risk, so future studies are unlikely to be undertaken. However, that is not to say that the acquired knowledge we have will not sufficiently address the subject well and allow us to define safe parameters. In this chapter, you will gain good insight into how ophthalmologists should address the eye surgery needs of pregnant patients. A survey of 60 ophthalmologists’ opinion, some fellowship-trained specialists as well as general ophthalmologists, on how they manage medical and surgical eye issues in the pregnant patient was conducted. That feedback and responses were very helpful and influenced the content of this article with real-world experiences.


Ophthalmic surgery Pregnancy Eye exams Breakthroughs Safety Teratogens Laser Glaucoma Diabetic retinopathy Anesthesia Diagnostic testing Intraocular injections Eye surgery Strategy Vision loss Blindness 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Michael S. Jacobson
    • 1
    • 2
    • 3
    • 4
  1. 1.Georgia RetinaTuckerUSA
  2. 2.Northside HospitalAtlantaUSA
  3. 3.Georgia Retina Surgery Center, LLCAtlantaUSA
  4. 4.Dekalb Medical CenterDecaturUSA

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