Eye Issues You Shouldn't Ignore During Pregnancy


Pregnancy can be one of the most blissful times of life, but it can also be a time of strange symptoms for some women. From morning sickness to emotional extremes, it is not without complications for many women. Vision problems are among the lesser-known things that can happen during pregnancy, but they should not be ignored. Here are some eye issues that may occur during a pregnancy.

Dry Eye Syndrome

Dry eye syndrome, which is commonly referred to simply as dry eye, is the most commonly reported eye problem that occurs during pregnancy. It happens if you don't have enough tears to nourish and protect your eyes. Because of the hormone changes that occur when you're expecting a child, you may experience this, although it is not as common in first pregnancies as it is in second or subsequent pregnancies. Having tired, red, and irritated eyes shouldn't be ignored. Some symptoms of dry eye syndrome include:

  • Sticky eyelids when you initially wake up.
  • Red eyes.
  • False sensation of having something in the eye.
  • Watery eyes.
  • Sensitivity to light.
  • Burning sensations in the eye.
  • Difficulty with driving at night.
  • Stringy mucus in the eye.
  • Discomfort when wearing contact lenses.
  • Eye fatigue.

If left untreated, dry eye syndrome can cause permanent damage, so seek treatment as soon as possible.

Blurred Vision

Sometimes women experience blurred vision during a pregnancy. This can simply be chalked up to hormone changes and fluid retention in some situations, but it is sometimes an indication of gestational diabetes or other complicated issues. If you have blurred vision, it may alter the shape of your cornea as well as its thickness. Since that can have a big impact on your vision, it's important to take it seriously. Other symptoms that may occur with blurred vision include:

  • Blind spot in center of vision.
  • Bright, zig-zag lines in vision.
  • Double vision.
  • Sensitivity to light.
  • Eye irritation.
  • Headache.
  • Redness of the eyes.

None of these symptoms should be ignored. Make a list of all the symptoms you are experiencing, and bring it when seeking medical care.

Finally, keep in mind that it is important to see your eye doctor when you have any changes or issues with your vision. It is better to get an exam as soon as possible. It's perfectly safe for your eyes to be dilated during a pregnancy. The earlier you seek treatment, the less you will ultimately have to worry about the unknown. Also, early treatment can stop small issues from getting serious, and it can lead to fewer long-term complications. Go to see your eye doctor if you have any eye issues during your pregnancy.


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