Has your vision been affected by your pregnancy? It’s important to know which symptoms you shouldn’t ignore, even if you have not yet experienced any.
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In general, a women’s eyesight can undergo changes throughout her pregnancy, but some changes are more drastic than others.
Pregnancy hormones are known to make you cry more often in many cases, but it also dries out your tear ducts. Your eyes might feel itchy or scratchy due to the lack of tear production and lubrication.
Also, as the pregnancy progresses, hormones can lead to fluid buildup in your eyes, which changes their shape and causes you to see objects differently than before. Your vision may be blurry, or it may be difficult to maintain focus.
Many women suffer from morning sickness in the first trimester of pregnancy. Excessive vomiting can result in damaged blood vessels in the eyes, which can alter their appearance and also affect vision, though the change is temporary until the eyes heal.
Preeclampsia, a potentially dangerous condition that can develop during pregnancy, also can negatively affect vision. Preeclampsia involves an increase in blood pressure and urine protein levels. It also can cause swelling, which can affect the optic nerve. Preeclampsia is a serious condition that requires immediate attention from an obstetrician.
Gestational diabetes can develop in pregnant women who previously did not have diabetes or even show any signs of the disease. It causes blood sugar levels go up dramatically and requires a constant watch over diet and health throughout the pregnancy. This condition also can damage blood vessels connected to the eye’s retina, causing blurred vision.
When to Call Your Doctor
Any issues with your vision while you are pregnant should be reported to your doctor at your next appointment. However, in some instances you should call the office immediately, regardless of how far along you are in your pregnancy.
If you are experiencing double vision or vision loss, don’t hesitate to contact a medical professional. Flashes of light also could be signs of a major problem.
If you are simply having eye discomfort normally associated with pregnancy, consider asking your eye doctor for lubricating drops to add moisture. Make an appointment with Salt Lake Eye Associates to learn more about how pregnancy can affect your vision, and to ensure your eyes are healthy throughout this exciting time in your life.