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Vision changes during pregnancy

Updated: Apr 25, 2019

Poorer vision affects some pregnant moms. During pregnancy, changes in hormones, water retention, and poor blood circulation may affect your eyesight.

Water retention may increase the thickness and curvature of your cornea. It could also affect your vision. That's why Lasik eye surgery is not recommended during pregnancy. Avoid fitting new contact lenses or new pair of glasses.

If your vision changes during pregnancy, it is temporary. Most symptoms will subside spontaneously after delivery.

Visual changes in pregnancy are common, and reason is hormonal. Serious retinal detachments and blindness may also occur during pre-eclampsia (high blood pressure). An intolerance to contact lenses is noted during pregnancy; therefore, it is advisable to avoid contact lenses in pregnancy due to dry eyes.

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