September 2016
Volume 57, Issue 12
Open Access
ARVO Annual Meeting Abstract  |   September 2016
Physiological changes during pregnancy and mode of delivery
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  • Thomas Ness
    Eye Center, University of Freiburg, Freiburg, Germany
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    Commercial Relationships   Thomas Ness, Abbvie (R), Allergan (R), Bayer (R), MSD (R), Novartis (R)
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Investigative Ophthalmology & Visual Science September 2016, Vol.57, No Pagination Specified. doi:
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      Thomas Ness; Physiological changes during pregnancy and mode of delivery. Invest. Ophthalmol. Vis. Sci. 201657(12):.

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Abstract

Presentation Description : Pregnancy induces a lot of physiological alterations to all body systems including the eye. Changes in metabolism, hormons, circulation and fluid balance affect the eye. Even if physiological ocular changes during pregnancy are common, most likely they will be mild and transient.
Physiological changes can involve eyelids, tear film, cornea, trabecular meshwork, immunity and crystalline lens. This leads to refractive issues and problems wearing contact lenses. There are no physiological alterations of the retina during pregnancy.
High myopia, lattice degeneration, glaucoma and previous intraocular surgery are no contraindications to spontaneous vaginal delivery.

This is an abstract that was submitted for the 2016 ARVO Annual Meeting, held in Seattle, Wash., May 1-5, 2016.

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