When you find out you’re pregnant, you’re probably well prepared to suffer a bit of morning sickness and weight gain. But you probably don’t think your eyesight may be affected! Don’t be alarmed if you have changes in your vision, which are attributed to hormonal and physical changes that come with being pregnant.
Most issues are minor and temporary, with your vision returning to normal after the baby comes. That being said, some problems related to pregnancy may require medical attention. Be on the lookout for these four issues, according to WebMD:
Are your eyes feeling drier than usual? This is common, but annoying, as it can make wearing contact lenses very uncomfortable. You can try using artificial tears to ease that dryness. Got contacts? Make sure the bottle says the drops can be used in conjunction with contacts, as some contain preservatives that aren’t good for contacts. Ask your doctor if the ingredients are safe for use in pregnant women.
Pregnant women retain fluids; there’s nothing you can do about that. But this can actually change the thickness and shape of your cornea, resulting in distorted vision. Don’t worry, as these symptoms should go away when the baby is born or you halt breastfeeding.
If your contact lenses continue to irritate you, wear glasses. Book an appointment with your doctor to talk about any concerns. Most eye doctors advise against getting LASIK procedures when pregnant or even getting fitted for new contact lenses.
This serious problem can be signaled by vision changes, highlighted by high blood pressure and these other symptoms:
Temporary vision loss
Sensitivity to light
Seeing auras, spots or flashing lights
If you experience any of the above symptoms, call your doctor immediately or head to the ER. Preeclampsia progresses very quickly and can bring on bleeding and other serious issues.
High blood sugar levels of diabetes can cause damage to the blood vessels in your retina. Your risk rises the further pregnancy moves along. It’s called gestational diabetes; one of the symptoms is blurred vision. If you have this condition, stay on top of this throughout your entire pregnancy. Keep your blood sugar levels in check and consult with your doctor often.
Your eyes need special attention when you’re pregnant. Make your appointment now by calling us at 302-239-1933.