Healthier Eyes During Pregnancy
Congestion, nausea, snoring, and skin tags are all signs of pregnancy. Eyes are no exception. Your eyesight can be affected by changes in hormones, metabolism and fluid retention. While most symptoms will disappear once the baby is born or weaned from it, some may indicate a more serious condition that needs immediate medical attention.

Eye conditions that are related to pregnancy:

If you retain water, your rings will tell you. The cornea's curvature and thickness can change slightly, resulting in a slight shift in your prescription. Many eye doctors won't recommend getting a new prescription for glasses or contacts during this period. In most cases, the change will be reversed within a few months. Another common complaint is irritation and dryness in the eyes caused by the changing hormones. Ask your eye doctor if the dryness makes it difficult to wear your contacts. Pregnancy can also impact existing eye conditions. You should consult an eye doctor if you have diabetes. Also, make sure to visit the doctor early in pregnancy to be screened for diabetic retinopathy. This condition can often get worse during pregnancy. Ask your eye doctor whether the baby is allowed to be exposed to the medication.

Why you should be concerned:

Some signs may indicate a more severe disorder. Vision disturbances can be caused by high blood pressure, preeclampsia, or both. If you experience any of these symptoms, consult your OB or midwife. Excessive swelling and puffiness Double vision Blurry Vision Light Sensitivity Vision loss Flashing lights and floaters

Pregnancy: How to get healthier eyes

Diet can be used to relieve some pregnancy-related eye symptoms. Eating omega-3 fatty acid (DHA/EFA) rich foods like salmon, walnuts, and flax seeds can help dry eyes. It also helps your baby's brain develop. The cornea's curvature and thickness can change slightly, resulting in a slight shift in your prescription. Many eye doctors won't recommend getting a new prescription for glasses or contacts during this period. In most cases, the change will be reversed within a few months. Another common complaint is irritation and dryness in the eyes caused by the changing hormones. Ask your eye doctor if the dryness makes it difficult to wear your contacts. Pregnancy can also impact existing eye conditions. You should consult an eye doctor if you have diabetes. Also, make sure to visit the doctor early in pregnancy to be screened for diabetic retinopathy. This condition can often get worse during pregnancy. 

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