Chapter 13. Pregnancy and the Diabetic Eye

  1. Peter H. Scanlon MD, MRCOphth, DCH, FRCP Consultant Ophthalmologist Lecturer1,
  2. Charles P. Wilkinson MD Chairman Professor of Ophthalmology2,
  3. Stephen J. Aldington DMS, FBIPP Gloucestershire Education and Research Development Manager3 and
  4. David R. Matthews MA (Oxon), DPhil, BM, BCh, FRCP Professor Chairman4

Published Online: 17 MAR 2009

DOI: 10.1002/9781444308174.ch13

A Practical Manual of Diabetic Retinopathy Management

A Practical Manual of Diabetic Retinopathy Management

How to Cite

Scanlon, P. H., Wilkinson, C. P., Aldington, S. J. and Matthews, D. R. (2009) Pregnancy and the Diabetic Eye, in A Practical Manual of Diabetic Retinopathy Management, Wiley-Blackwell, Oxford, UK. doi: 10.1002/9781444308174.ch13

Author Information

  1. 1

    Gloucestershire and Oxford Eye Units, Harris Manchester College, University of Oxford, Oxford, UK

  2. 2

    Department of Ophthalmology, Greater Baltimore Medical Center, Johns Hopkins University, Baltimore, USA

  3. 3

    Cheltenham, UK

  4. 4

    University of Oxford, Oxford Centre for Diabetes, Endocrinology & Metabolism, Oxford, UK

Publication History

  1. Published Online: 17 MAR 2009
  2. Published Print: 27 MAR 2009

ISBN Information

Print ISBN: 9781405170352

Online ISBN: 9781444308174



  • pregnancy and diabetic eye;
  • progression of diabetic retinopathy occurring during pregnancy;
  • pregnancy - independently associated with progression of diabetic retinopathy;
  • baseline severity of retinopathy;
  • poor metabolic control during pregnancy or early postpartum period;
  • chronic hypertension and pregnancy induced hypertension;
  • laser treatment before conception and during pregnancy;
  • postpartum regression of diabetic retinopathy


This chapter contains sections titled:

  • Risk Factors for Progression of Diabetic Retinopathy during Pregnancy

  • Laser Treatment before Conception and during Pregnancy

  • Postpartum Regression

  • Recommendations for Retinal Assessment before and during Pregnancy

  • Practice Points

  • References