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Glaucoma eye drops can cause harm during very early pregnancy?

Answered by: Dr Sri Viknarajan

Last Updated: May 7, 2021 8:04 AM
Anonymous 12 months

I am 30 yo woman with known case of bilateral chronic open angle glaucoma likely secondary to steroid induced. Currently on treatment with eyedrops (Duotrav/Simbrinza)
I was just get married and plan for pregnancy. Does glaucoma eyedrop can cause harm in very early pregnancy esp in beta blocker/ prostaglandin analogue? Thank you

Dr Sri Viknarajan 12 months
General Practitioner

Hello and thank you for addressing your concern.

According to your statement, we believe a thorough clerking, investigation and examination needs to be done first in order to clearly understand what we are facing at the moment. Correspondingly, the given information by you might only touch the surface of an underlying problem.

Pregnancy is a beautiful journey into motherhood. Make sure you get enough nutrients for you and your baby.

For your information, due to the lack of data regarding Glaucoma medication and pregnancy, I would advise you to seek a specialist consultation for a better understanding of your current situation in order to assure a safe and healthy pregnancy in the near future.

Some studies have shown that Brimonidine (a Category B drug) that some physicians are currently using to treat open-angle glaucoma may be the safest option during the first trimester of pregnancy. However further analysis in conjunction to your personal situation must be evaluated prior to any conclusion.

Speak to an obstetrician for a healthy and worry-free pregnancy.

With that being said I hope you would take the extra initiative to contact our doctor using this link (DoctorOnCall) in order to maximise the help that you can get.


Last Updated: Fri May 07 2021 08:04:28 GMT+0000 (Coordinated Universal Time)
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