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    Can I have laser eye surgery if I’m pregnant or breastfeeding?

    Written by Professor David Gartry, Consultant Ophthalmic Surgeon
    • No clinically proven risk
    • Purely elective procedure, it is not advisable


    There is no clinically proven risk associated with laser eye surgery during pregnancy or breastfeeding and, indeed, some patients have had laser eye surgery perfectly successfully while unwittingly being pregnant!

    However, as laser eye surgery is a purely elective procedure, it is not advisable to undergo the treatment in these circumstances.

    Learn about what to expect when you have laser eye surgery

    There is a theoretical risk of the medication in the eye-drops, which are used for a few weeks at around the time of the surgery, crossing the placenta or being passed on to the baby via breast milk. This has never been proven or recorded in the medical literature but patients are advised to wait until they have had the baby and have finished breastfeeding.


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    0800 328 3421



    Professor David Gartry

    Written by Professor David Gartry

    Consultant Ophthalmic Surgeon