It’s likely that if you’re pregnant you have a lot on your mind. You need to make sure you’re eating enough of the right things while avoiding the wrong things; you may be experiencing morning sickness or back pain; and you’ve also got lots of planning to do for when your little person finally arrives.
With all this going on it’s likely that you don’t give much thought to your eyes. But did you know that the physical and hormonal changes that pregnancy causes to your body can also have an effect on your eyes?
At Eye Emporium we stress to our patients just how important it is to pay attention to any slight changes to your eyes and eyesight – especially during pregnancy. Many changes are reversible and nothing to worry about, but on rare occasions they can be a sign of another issue; as you know, an eye exam tells us about more than just your eye health.
One eye condition that you may be more susceptible to when you’re pregnant is dry eye. If you’ve noticed that your eyes are red, itchy, watery or dry, you may have dry eye. If you’re a contact lens wearer then it may also make your lenses more uncomfortable to wear.
If you think you may have dry eye, just pop in to see our expert opticians at Eye Emporium. We will examine your eyes and give you some eye drops to help lubricate your eyes.
Fluid retention is another side effect of pregnancy, but as well as giving you swollen ankles it can also change the shape or thickness of your cornea. In turn, this creates mildly blurry vision. This is nothing to panic about and it will usually go away after your pregnancy, but if you’re worried or concerned, visit your optician for a check-up.
Very occasionally, blurred vision, light sensitivity or flashing spots of light or auras in your vision can be a sign of preeclampsia and high blood pressure. If these symptoms come on suddenly or severely, it is advised that you see a doctor or optician immediately.
Finally, if you already have diabetes, it is very important for your condition to be closely monitored during pregnancy. If your blood sugar levels increase too much this can affect the blood vessels that supply the retina. In turn this can lead to blurred vision, and even diabetic retinopathy. Your doctor will help to monitor your diabetes, but you should also visit your optician to make sure there are no changes to your eyes or sight.
People will probably telling you this left, right and centre, but when you’re pregnant you really do need to take good care of yourself.
If you have any questions or concerns about your eyes or vision, contact our friendly team at Eye Emporium on 0800 020 9202. We’d be happy to put your mind at rest and book you in for an eye examination.