Swollen feet, a growing belly, and that pregnancy mama glow are some of the well known side effects of growing a baby. However, the surge in hormones may also cause blurry vision and dry eyes. Here are a few tips to keep in mind when it comes to taking care of your eye health during pregnancy!
It is okay to have your eyes examined by an eye doctor during pregnancy; in fact, if you are experiencing any of these symptoms, we recommend scheduling a visit! There are safe remedies to address ocular manifestations like dryness and itchy eyes, and there may be necessary modifications to one’s glasses or contact lenses prescription.
Some women find that wearing contact lenses is more difficult during pregnancy due to water retention and changes in the cornea. In these situations, wearing glasses is a more comfortable option. Also, it is usually the hospital’s policy to refrain from wearing contact lenses during the laboring and birthing process, so having a current pair of spectacles is important.
Keep in mind that pregnancy is a dynamic process, so the hormones will continue to shift throughout the nine months, and even postpartum as well. Breastfeeding also contributes to the shift in hormones, which is why refractive surgery should be performed at least six months after giving birth or discontinuing breastfeeding.
At around 28 weeks, pregnant women test for Gestational Diabetes. Diabetes can manifest itself in the eyes, so a new diagnosis of Diabetes warrants scheduling a dilated eye exam. If you have recently been diagnosed as diabetic or pre-diabetic, make sure to schedule a comprehensive eye examination with your local eye care provider.
Pregnancy is an amazing time, and self-care is definitely a priority. Remember to take a break when you need it, get plenty of fresh air and sunshine, and schedule a visit today or treat yourself to some nice new glasses.
You deserve it mama! 🎉