Toxoplasmosis and the eye

Date Published: 
Wednesday, August 24, 2022

Opthalmologist Dr Rachael Niederer discusses toxoplasmosis and the eye.



01:20 how is it transmitted?
02:35 how common is it?
02:56 what are the signs of acute infection
03:31 what is a patient likely to present with
03:43 examination
04:35 investigations
05:56 who should we refer to?
06:59 Treatment
07:55 recurrence and outcomes
09:44 do we need to think about prophylaxis?
10:45 toxoplasmosis in pregnancy
13:01 congenitally acquired toxoplasmosis
14:04 immunosuppressed individuals
15:14 Should we be screening?
16:09 "Toxo-mind-control"
18:22 take-home messages


Take-home messages

  • Really common infection that can cause longterm eye problems
  • Be careful when handling cat litter, wash garden veggies thoroughly
  • Cook meat through if pregnant
  • Floaters or blurred vision should be refered to Opthalmology
  • Conserve prophylaxis for high-risk groups.


Rachael Niederer

Senior Medical Ophthalmologist

Rachael is a senior medical opthalmologist at Greenlane Clinical Centre, the RANZCO College Representative for Auckland Ophthalmology trainees, and a senior lecturer at the University of Auckland.

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