Got a bun in the oven? Along with all the other changes your body will experience, add one more to the list. The hormonal influx during pregnancy can cause an array of changes including your eyes and vision. Like many pregnancy ailments, it's only temporary your vision should return to normal after giving birth.
Some of the vision changes you might experience while expecting can include:
Visual Acuity/Blurred vision
During pregnancy, you may notice a change in your vision due to hormone levels. If you find that your vision has gotten blurry or that your current prescription eyeglasses or contact lenses are not helping as much as they usually do, come see us. Often the change in your vision is due to fluid retention which can temporarily change the shape of your cornea.
Dry eyes is a common and usually temporary condition that is experienced during pregnancy. Dry eyes can lead to irritation and discomfort in general and especially when wearing contact lenses. To relieve dry eyes, over-the-counter lubricating or rewetting eye drops are completely safe to use during pregnancy and nursing. It’s a good idea to consult with your optometrist to make sure you’re using a good dry eye solution, and definitely see the eye doctor if symptoms persist or if you wear contact lenses.
Along with many other areas in the body, eyelids may swell during pregnancy. To reduce water retention, make sure you drink a lot of water and limit your intake of sodium and caffeine.