According to the American Optometric Association’s (AOA) 2013 American Eye-Q consumer survey, 61 percent of women aren’t aware that their vision or eye health can change due to pregnancy. Here’s what moms-to-be should know:
- Expectant women should avoid new contacts and eyeglass fittings during the last trimester and within nine months following childbirth due to an increase in hormones that may trigger changes in vision.
- Hormonal changes may result in dry or puffy eyes and eyelids and may make it difficult to wear contacts.
- Vision problems can be a warning sign for other dangerous health problems, including gestational diabetes and pregnancy-induced hypertension. If a pregnant woman experiences blurred or distorted vision, reduced tolerance of contact lenses, tunnel vision or extremely dry eyes, she should see both her eye doctor and prenatal care provider.
For additional information and resources, visit aoa.org.