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Sightseeing Prenatal Care

Sightseeing

Pregnancy can affect your eyes, too—here’s what to watch out for.

All a blur
With fluctuating hormones and the rising swell of fluid retention, expectant women commonly experience vision changes. Reasons and symptoms vary, but it’s not unusual for all that extra water inside you to cause the thickness and curve of your corneas to increase. Even a minuscule change can affect your sight, making things fuzzier than normal.

Wet ‘n’ wild
You might also experience other ocular symptoms, such as dryness and irritation. This means that those once comfy contacts might not work as well as they used to, so ask your eye doctor for lubricating drops—or stick to glasses.

See to it
More serious vision problems can be a sign of high blood pressure or gestational diabetes, so if your eyesight seems drastically different, check in with your practitioner. “You must take caution that every problem is not attributed to pregnancy,” warns Glen Steele, OD, professor of pediatric optometry at the Southern College of Optometry in Memphis, Tennessee. “When any changes in vision last more than a couple days, schedule an appointment with your optometrist to determine the cause and possible solutions.”

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