One of the important and completely unresolved issues of ophthalmology is the diagnosis and treatment of primary and secondary glaucoma in women during pregnancy and in the postpartum period. In the modern world more women give birth in adulthood, when pregnancy can be associated with an increased risk of the development and progression of glaucoma. The combination of glaucoma and pregnancy is a rare clinical situation and even less often glaucoma is detected during pregnancy. In childbearing age, the children’s and youthful form of glaucoma prevails among women, and may also be secondary, as a complication of other eye and systemic diseases. The IOP-reducing effect of pregnancy can mask glaucoma, that not diagnosed before it. The treatment of glaucoma of women during the pregnancy is still an unresolved problem due to fears of toxic effects, teratogenicity and side effects of drugs on the fetus, as well as on the course of the pregnancy itself. The study of the medicinal influence on the course of pregnancy is a difficult object, because there are not enough clinical cases due to a small number of patients. Influence of antihypertensive drugs in pregnant animals can not be an absolute confirmation of the safety of their use in humans. Therefore, a woman should be warned about the need for pregnancy planning and timely discussion of her management with a doctor. The review discusses diagnostic methods, the possibility of conservative, laser and surgical treatment of glaucoma during pregnancy in women.

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O. A Kiseleva

The Helmholtz Moscow Research Institute of Eye Diseases Russian Ministry of Health

105062, Moscow, Russian Federation

Liya V. Yakubova

The Helmholtz Moscow Research Institute of Eye Diseases Russian Ministry of Health

105062, Moscow, Russian Federation
senior research scientist for the Department of Glaucoma The Helmholtz Moscow Research Institute of Eye Diseases, Russian Ministry of Health, Moscow, 105062, Russian Federation

S. M Kosakyan

The Helmholtz Moscow Research Institute of Eye Diseases Russian Ministry of Health

105062, Moscow, Russian Federation

L. V Vasilenkova

The Helmholtz Moscow Research Institute of Eye Diseases Russian Ministry of Health

105062, Moscow, Russian Federation


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