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Your Eyesight and Pregnancy

Your Eyesight and Pregnancy

  1. What Kind of Changes Can I Expect?
  2. What Changes in Eyesight During Pregnancy Should You Tell Your Doctor About?
  3. Video – Vision Changes During Pregnancy

Pregnancy affects just about every aspect of your body and that includes your eyesight. Because you experience changes in your metabolism, circulation, hormones and even your fluid retention, your eyesight during pregnancy can be affected.

Rest easy though because in most cases your vision will go back to normal after you have the baby. This doesn’t mean that you shouldn’t tell your doctor though because changes in vision can indicate other problems.

1What Kind of Changes Can I Expect?

If you do experience changes in your eyesight during pregnancy, they will most likely be minor. You may find that if you wear glasses, you probably won’t have to change your prescription and as a matter of fact you probably shouldn’t. Your eyesight will most likely go back to what’s normal for you within a few months after you have the baby and you will have spent money on a pair of glasses that you won’t use. Definitely don’t undergo laser surgery!

Most women find that if their eyesight changes during pregnancy, they will be more near-sighted. Frequently this is because the water that you are retaining is affecting the thickness and curvature of your cornea slightly.

Your eyes may also be drier and irritated while you’re pregnant and breastfeeding. This can be helped with drops but make sure that you check with your doctor because even eye drops enter your system and can affect the baby. Also, if you wear contacts try wearing them for shorter periods of time and if you spend a ton of time on the computer or watching TV take frequent breaks.

Your eyesight during pregnancy can also be affected by illnesses that can damage your eyesight. Diseases such as diabetes frequently change during pregnancy and can therefore affect your vision. The most common way that diabetes affects your eyesight is by causing diabetic retinopathy, which means that the blood vessels in your eyes are weakened. If you have diabetes, you will need to closely monitor your eyes while you are pregnant.

Glaucoma is another disease that can change while you are pregnant and thus affect your eyesight. Strangely enough though, glaucoma will frequently improve while you are pregnant. If you are taking medication for glaucoma, your doctor may need to adjust your dose until you have the baby.

2What Changes in Eyesight During Pregnancy Should You Tell Your Doctor About?

Basically, you should tell your doctor about any change to your eyesight during pregnancy, but specific changes that should be reported include sensitivity to light, blurriness, double vision, vision loss or if you see spots or streaks of light. If you have these symptoms, you should notify your physician immediately because they can be symptoms of specific serious problems. Also, if you notice swelling or puffiness around your eyes, this may be a sign of preeclampsia and your doctor needs to know.

Just as with the rest of your body, your eyesight during pregnancy may change. It’s generally not a cause for concern but tell your doctor about it anyway; it’s better to be safe than sorry.

3Video – Vision Changes During Pregnancy