Toxoplasmosis is a common parisitic infection. When contracted by a pregnant woman, toxoplasmosis can pose serious risks to the unborn child. Simple precautions can reduce the chance of infection.

Toxoplasmosis affects the retina, the light sensitive cells lining the back of the eye. Both eyes are usually involved. If the infection settles in the macula, the area of the retina responsible for central vision, good vision is lost forever.

When toxoplasmosis heals, it leaves a scar. The infection may recur years later, sometimes near the previously infected area. Swelling that fights the infection may cause floating spots in one’s vision, red, painful eyes, and poor vision.

Treating toxoplasmosis with oral medications can be very effective. Occasionally steroids, laser, or freezing treatments are prescribed.

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