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Childhood-diseases

Question
Posted by: Mel | 2007/03/20

Q.

Eye Sight

I'd just like to know if bad eye sight is hereditary.
My hubby has very bad eye sight, but no one else in his immediate family.
Apparently his mom has some illness during pregnancy..
He is very concerned that our baby, due in July, will have the same problem.
Please advise.

Thank you in advance!

Expert's Reply

A.

Paediatrician

There are indeed many genetically transmitted eye conditions which run in families such as retinitis pigmentosa for example. However in your husband's case it appears that his mother had an illness during pregnancy such as german measles or toxoplasmosis [I am just giving examples here].His form of poor eyesight is unlikely to be genetic and will not affect your baby.

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