What to Expect — With Your Eyes and Vision — When Your Expecting.
It is true that some women will experience changes to their vision and to their eyes during pregnancy. Most of the time these changes are minor, but for some individuals, significant and/or permanent changes may occur.
Your glasses or contact lens prescription may change due to excess fluid retention. Most of these changes are temporary and will return to normal within 6-8 weeks after delivery. If you feel that your vision has changed significantly have your eyes examined by an optometrist. The eye doctors at Iowa EyeCare are available and happy to examine your eyes when needed.
Dry Eye Syndrome is a common problem for many women. Pregnancy has the potential to initiate or increase the symptoms of Dry Eye Syndrome. Common symptoms of Dry Eye include burning, dryness, redness, watering, and light-sensitivity. Therapeutic relief is often required in the form of preservative free artificial tears or temporary punctal occlusion.
Vision changes may also indicate high blood pressure or pre-eclampsia. Let your physician know immediately if you experience double vision, temporary missing vision or loss of vision, blurred vision, flashing lights or spots in your vision, eyelid swelling or “puffy” eyes.
If you have questions or concerns about your eyes or vision, please contact Iowa EyeCare today. Our phone number is 319-377-2222.