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Pregnancy is an extraordinary period of change, but did you know that it can also lead to changes in visual terms?

In most cases, changes in visual acuity that occurs during pregnancy are temporary situations that will disappear once the baby is born. Expectant mothers should still be aware of changes occurring in visually during pregnancy in order to recognize symptoms that could be precursors of more serious problems.
Modification in terms of refraction (glasses prescription)

Hormonal changes can affect visual acuity. Although it is usually not a sign of underlying problem, it is advisable for mothers to inform their professional vision care and talk to him about the relevance of a change of glasses. We can simply advise these women to wait several weeks after childbirth to undergo a second eye exam.

Swollen eyelids

Pregnancy often leads to some swelling around the eyelids. This is not a serious problem, but the situation can be uncomfortable and interfere with peripheral vision. The increased water consumption and reduced consumption of salt and caffeine can help reduce fluid retention and decrease the swelling around the eyes.

Dry eyes and contact lenses

During pregnancy, many women have dry eyes. Once again, this usually goes away temporarily shortly after childbirth. If the situation is particularly disturbing, the use of lubricating eye drops during pregnancy or breastfeeding can help. A pharmacist or a care professional to show you the marks that are suitable for pregnant or lactating.

Contact lenses, dips and cleaners are not cons-indicated during pregnancy. If the eyes of pregnant women are more irritated than usual by the contact lenses, more frequent cleaning of glasses could help. Some people choose to still wear glasses until the baby is born, if their contact lenses become too uncomfortable. The situation returns to normal a few weeks after childbirth.

Monitor your blood pressure and protect your eyes

The increase in blood pressure associated with pregnancy can sometimes lead to the perception of floaters or cause blurred vision. This is very common. Moreover, a high blood pressure can cause serious health problems, including a detached retina, the photosensitive film that lines the back of the eye. Family physicians should therefore check their blood pressure patients at each prenatal visits.

Migraines, Hormones and Vision

During pregnancy, fluctuating hormone levels can often cause headaches, making the eyes sensitive to light. Pregnant women who suffer from migraines should discuss with their doctor before taking any medication whatsoever, counter or prescription.

Prior health

Pregnant women whose pre-existing condition revealed an eye disease such as glaucoma or diabetic retinopathy, high blood pressure or diabetes, should always inform their professional vision care, which will allow the specialist more closely monitor any changes in visual acuity.


Women treated for glaucoma should immediately inform their professional eye care they are pregnant or intend to become pregnant. Some glaucoma medications may endanger the developing fetus.


If the mother was diabetic before becoming pregnant or if you become diabetic during pregnancy (a condition known as gestational diabetes), then it is important to pay attention to the vision in the first nine months of this pregnancy. Blurred vision may be a sign of high sugar in the blood, which could impair the vision of the mother and the baby.
Remember also that mothers should not postpone their eye exams! It is safe to undergo a visual inspection or pupil dilation during pregnancy.



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