Moms-to-be know their bodies are going to go through a lot of changes over their pregnancy. Many do not realize that their vision can also be affected.
Blood pressure, water retention, and hormone changes can all affect vision for a short amount of time. Fluid retention can even affect the shape of the cornea, changing how vision is seen through glasses and contacts. It is common for women to end up more nearsighted than before.
Below, are 5 ways to help keep moms-to-be eyes in good shape.
- Dry Eye: Make sure to ask your doctor before using any over-the-counter solutions. Some solutions could include ingredients that are not good to use during pregnancy. For contacts, try wearing your glasses every other day to help reduce dryness. Even simply blinking more can help.
- Puffiness: Puffiness can be caused by retaining water. A cold washcloth or ice pack placed on closed eyes can very helpful to reduce swelling. It is also helpful to splash cold water onto your face. Increase the amount of water you drink to help lower water retention. You can also reduce the amount of caffeine and sodium you intake.
- Tell Your Doctor: Let us know! If you have an appointment scheduled with us during your pregnancy, let us know ahead of time. The doctor may choose not to dilate you at this time.
- Extra Eye Exams:If you happen to be diabetic, pregnancy can increase the effects. It is a good idea to have your eyes checked more often.
- Glaucoma: Eye pressure can also be affected by pregnancy, possibly even for the better. You may be able to lower your prescription drug dosage, which is overall better for your pregnancy.
If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to ask. You can reach us at (614) 451 – 7550.