What infections might cause cataract in the unborn baby?
If a mother catches certain infections during pregnancy the unborn baby is more likely to have cataracts. Infections that are more likely to cause cataracts include: • German measles (rubella) • Toxoplasmosis • Chicken pox (varicella) These germs can travel in the blood of the mother and infect the baby in the womb. The germ can then cause damage to the lens of the unborn baby. If you would like any further information on these conditions please ask us.