27 Sep 5 Ways Vision Changes During Pregnancy
Pregnancy affects your body in all sorts of ways, but did you know that you might experience changes in vision while pregnant? As your hormone levels are changing throughout your pregnancy, they are also causing your body to change in different ways. Thus, changes in vision during pregnancy are normal—and usually temporary. Continue reading to learn about 5 changes in vision during pregnancy.
1. Blurry Vision
Are you experiencing blurry vision while pregnant? During pregnancy, it’s normal for your body to swell a little. Swelling throughout your body can cause you to have mild changes in your eyesight. Luckily, for most pregnant people, this blurry vision will only be temporary, and usually will not require you to get a new prescription.
2. Dry Eyes
Dry eyes are a very common symptom that many pregnant people experience due to the hormonal changes in their body. Your eyes might feel consistently dry, and your eyes might not be able to produce extra tears for lubrication. The dryness you are experiencing will most likely subside after giving birth, but it’s still an uncomfortable feeling to have while pregnant. Dry eyes are also associated with itching and redness, so if these symptoms are bothersome for you, it’s important to speak to an optometrist to help treat your dry eyes.
3. Floaters Or Spider Webs
Another vision change during pregnancy is seeing more floaters or spider webs than usual. While seeing floaters are usually a sign of a retinal issue, in pregnant women it can be more than that. Seeing floaters while pregnant might signal preeclampsia, especially if you are also suffering from high blood pressure and increased migraines. Talking to your optometrist if you see increased floaters is crucial to maintain the health of your body during pregnancy.
4. Puffy Eyelids
It’s common for your eyelids to get puffy during pregnancy due to the hormonal changes and water retention. Many pregnant people will experience mild puffiness or swelling, which can easily be reduced by putting cold compresses on the eyelids. However, if your puffy eyelids do not seem to decrease in swelling, contact your optometrist immediately, as there may be an underlying issue causing the puffiness.
5. Loss Of Vision
Although it is rare, sudden loss of vision is another change that could happen during pregnancy. Since this is rare, if you ever experience loss of vision, you should seek help immediately. Vision loss could be connected to diabetes, preeclampsia, or specific eye problems. Therefore, it’s important to get a diagnosis quickly after you have experienced this symptom.
Are you experiencing any of these changes in your vision during your pregnancy? If you are confused as to why these vision changes are happening, contact the optometrists at Dr D’Orio Eyecare. To book an appointment today, visit https://drdorioeyecare.com/book-appointment/ or call us at 416 656 2020 for our Toronto location, or 416 661 5555 for our North York location.