VISION DURING PREGNANCY
What Expectant Mothers Should Know
The news is out and you can’t wait to share it. Prepare yourself for months of physical and emotional upheaval. Your weight changes, your skin changes, your mood changes and even your vision changes. These are the joys, and the trials, of pregnancy.
“During pregnancy, a woman’s body changes drastically to prepare for the birth of her child,” says ophthalmologist Wendell Wong, a BVI Advisory Council member. “An increase in hormones often causes temporary eye conditions and although vision returns to normal after delivery, seeing an eye care professional can help ease the transition process.”
Reduced tolerance of contact lenses
Decrease or discontinue contact lens wear if symptoms persist. Keep a pair of comfortable glasses handy. This is not the time to be fitted for contact lenses.
Changes in the retina:
Be sure to have your blood sugar levels monitored if you are diabetic.
Central Serous Choriodopathy:
See your eyecare professional.
The condition is very rare but if symptomatic, see an eyecare professional.
Pre-existing symptoms of glaucoma improve
Eye pressure decreases. In some instances, however, medication is still required. As with all medications, glaucoma treatments should be used with extreme caution in pregnant women.
Vision problems that may indicate a more serious condition
Follow your obstetrician’s advice.
Pregnancy Induced Hypertension (PIH)
PIH generally resolves itself after delivery, but early treatment is vital to minimizing complications with the pregnancy.
Preeclampsia and Eclampsia:
Your obstetrician should closely monitor you. Consult with an ophthalmologist regarding any effects on your vision.