Dr. Jim Martin 06/15/2015

pregnant_glasses-1.jpgIf you are pregnant or have just given birth, you may have noticed a change in your eyesight, or perhaps you are worried about your vision changing during this period. It’s true that during pregnancy you may see a change in your vision.

Vision Issues Associated With Pregnancy

One of the most common changes is that your eyes may seem strained or blurry at the end of the day. Hormonal changes can affect corneal shape and, hence, cause vision changes. This blurry vision may start in the first trimester and can last a month or two into postpartum.

While it is usually of no concern if you do have trouble with blurry vision during pregnancy, it is still a good idea to see an eye care specialist just to make sure that it is, in fact, the pregnancy affecting your vision versus something else.

If your vision issues start after pregnancy and you are nursing, you may notice that you are having trouble focusing. Some new, nursing mothers may find that they have a sudden onset of astigmatism. Refractive errors have been known to occur during both pregnancy and lactation. If you have signs of strained vision or you have trouble focusing, visit your eye specialist. You may find that once you stop nursing and your body starts its normal monthly cycle again that your vision problems disappear or improve, or you may have a permanent change in your eyesight. An eye specialist can guide you through the changes that are occurring, prescribing the best treatment.

Changes in hormone levels have also been known to affect the eyesight of pregnant and postpartum women. As hormones fluctuate, you may notice that your vision does, too. These issues can often fix themselves after your hormones begin to level out.

If you are pregnant or postpartum and have noticed significant changes in your eyesight, it’s a good idea to make an appointment with your local eye care specialist. Contact Broome Optical in Amarillo today.

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