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Surprising Vision Issues for Pregnant Women

Having a baby is an exciting time, but pregnancy comes with its challenges. You’ve heard of morning sickness, back aches, and overall swelling, but did you know the hormonal and physical changes that come with pregnancy can affect your vision – and even the shape of your eyes? The good news is that these complications are usually temporary, and only last through the time of the pregnancy. Here are some common eye-related issues that can happen while you’re pregnant.

  • Dry eyes – Hormonal changes during pregnancy can reduce the quantity and quality of your tears, which can leave your eyes feeling dry. Talk to your doctor about eye drops and artificial tears to figure out which is right for you.

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  • Contact lens discomfort – Pregnancy fluid retention and hormones can change the shape of the cornea, which becomes obvious to contact lens wearers when the lenses start to fit differently. The cornea can also swell and become irritated more easily. A simple solution is to switch to wearing glasses until your eyes go back to normal once the baby is born.
  • Blurry vision  – As your eye changes shape during pregnancy, you may also become more near-sighted – which can lead to blurred distance vision. Talk to your doctor if changing eyesight bothers you; otherwise, keep in mind that this is usually a temporary issue.
  • Diabetes and pregnancy  – If you have diabetes or have been diagnosed with gestational diabetes, be sure to keep your doctor informed of any changes to your vision or eyes. High blood sugar levels can damage the blood vessels in your eyes, and pregnant women with diabetes are at risk of retinal bleeding  that can lead to blurry vision and in some cases vision loss and blindness.
  • Floaters and spots – Talk to your doctor right away if you start seeing spots . While floaters  can be normal during pregnancy, seeing spots may be a more serious issue. Scotomata , or dark, stable spots in your vision, may indicate preeclampsia, which can lead to dangerously high blood pressure.

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