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5 Potential Vision Changes During Pregnancy

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Pregnancy can bring a lot of unexpected and unusual changes to your body, but can pregnancy affect your eyes?


There are many ways that pregnancy can affect your eyesight, with some being subtle changes, to other conditions like glaucoma.

Here are five of the most common ways pregnancy can affect your eyesight.


1. Dry Eyes

This first one might not seem like a concern, but having consistent dry eyes can be annoying, to say the least. Dry eyes can even impede your ability to focus or rest.

It is best to use eye drops or artificial tears to wet your eyes until the symptoms start to dissipate.


2. Blurry Vision

Studies show that pregnant women retain more fluids. The build-up of this pressure can change the shape of your cornea, resulting in blurred vision.

Depending on the severity and frequency of your blurry vision, treatments can vary from doing nothing to a change in prescription. Either way, the best thing you can do to combat blurry vision while pregnant is to talk to your doctor as soon as symptoms start.


3. Light Sensitivity

Another way that pressure build-up can affect your eyes is by making you more sensitive to light. This usually goes hand-in-hand with frequent ocular migraines and headaches.

Even if the light doesn’t physically seem too bright, the rays could be too sharp going into your corneas, causing those headaches.

The best way to prevent this is by wearing sunglasses whenever you feel like the light around you is too bright.


4. Preeclampsia

If your sensitivity to light worsens and becomes accompanied by blurred or lost vision, fatigue, and nausea, it could be a sign that you have preeclampsia.

If you think your symptoms could be indicative of preeclampsia, your best option is to go to the ER immediately and seek treatment. Because the condition is directly related to high blood pressure, the longer you wait to seek treatment, the worse it could get.


5. Glaucoma (Diabetes)

Pregnant women are more prone to high blood sugar levels, and by proxy, diabetes. The onset of diabetes can damage the blood vessels that supply your retina, clouding your vision and causing the condition most commonly known as glaucoma.

If you have diabetes or think you might be at risk of getting diabetes while pregnant, let your doctor help you keep close tabs of it for the duration of your pregnancy, and stay open and honest with your doctor about your symptoms during regular check-ups.

As you can see, there are a variety of ways that your eyes can be affected, ranging from simple annoyances to serious health risks.

The most important thing you should do to preserve your eyesight during your pregnancy is to talk to your doctor about all changes in your quality of life.

Maintaining good communication with your doctor while pregnant can keep the door open too fast, easy treatments should a serious health risk arise.

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