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Although blurry vision during pregnancy is common, let your doctor know about any changes in vision. This is important because vision changes can be an early sign of gestational diabetes. Your eyes do not deceive you: Many women discover that their vision seems blurred, or at least less sharp than it usually is, during pregnancy. No need to panic, though; your vision will likely return to normal in the blink of an eye after delivery. Vision changes like blurred vision occur frequently during early pregnancy, as your body is flooded with hormones, fluid levels increase, and the body adapts to the changes of pregnancy.

Blurry vision may be accompanied by morning sickness symptoms, like nausea, dizziness, and vomiting. Blurred vision during pregnancy third trimester reduces right after you give birth, and will be normal within six weeks of the delivery in most cases. How to Prevent Blurred Vision during Pregnancy? There are no methods to prevent this phenomenon, as it is a ‘side effect’ of pregnancy.

Some vision changes are normal and can be treated with over-the-counter or prescription eye drops and a visit to the eye doctor. Other changes may be indicative of a problem with your pregnancy or your general health, so it’s important to keep a close eye on your vision during your pregnancy (no pun intended). DRY EYES AND BLURRY VISION.

But know that some pregnancy health conditions, like preeclampsia, can cause retinal swelling too — that’s why blurry vision is a complaint of some preeclampsia patients, says Atlas. Gestational diabetes may be a culprit since glucose can hang out in the lens and may cause differences in the cornea. One thing is for sure: blurred vision will go away after the pregnancy as the hormones return to normal.

Thus, it is best to put off changing contacts or glasses as the patient may not need those new ones after pregnancy. Can pregnancy affect my vision? Yes, and it happens to as much as 15 percent of all pregnant women.

During pregnancy, changes in hormones, metabolism, fluid retention, and blood circulation can all affect your eyes and your eyesight. Water retention, for instance, may slightly increase the thickness and curvature of your cornea. Blurred Vision. Many pregnant women retain fluids.

This common side effect can change the thickness and shape of your cornea. That can lead to distorted vision. Your vision will very likely return to normal within 6 weeks of delivery.

For this reason, you should also wait to have laser surgery until your hormones stabilize—at least 6 months after your baby.

List of related literature:

Approximately 1–2% of patients who develop severe hypertension, proteinuria, and edema during the third trimester of pregnancy develop loss of vision caused by serous retinal detachment (Figure 3.59A and B).789,790,792– 795,818–823 This usually occurs just before or immediately following delivery.

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There are no dietary factors known to worsen vision during pregnancy.

“Your Vegetarian Pregnancy: A Month-by-Month Guide to Health and Nutrition” by Holly Roberts
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Blurred vision is a symptom of preeclampsia, and this is the client’s first pregnancy.

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Eclampsia indicates an intensification of symptoms with protein in urine, severe high blood pressure, blurred vision, and a sudden weight gain in the last trimester.

“The Encyclopedia of Nutrition and Good Health” by Robert A. Ronzio
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by Robert A. Ronzio
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Though a slight deterioration in visual acuity is not unusual in pregnancy, other symptoms do warrant a call to your practitioner.

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A review of the literature by Kitzmiller and colleagues42 confirms the observation that progression to proliferative retinopathy during pregnancy rarely occurs in women with background retinopathy or those without any eye ground changes.

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by Steven G. Gabbe, Jennifer R. Niebyl, et. al.
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Progesterone, relaxin and hCG can decrease intraocular pressure (IOP), which might slow the progression of glaucoma but, conversely, some glaucoma medications should be avoided during pregnancy or when breastfeeding.

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Gestational HTN occurs after 20th week and eye exam is normal.

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Assessment of retinopathy should be performed in early pregnancy and repeated later in pregnancy.

“Oxford Textbook of Obstetrics and Gynaecology” by Sabaratnam Arulkumaran, William Ledger, Stergios Doumouchtsis, Lynette Denny
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Oxford University Press, 2019

Edema of the retina may be seen occasionally in preeclampsia and eclampsia, but it is much less frequent than spasm of the vessels.

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Oktay Kutluk

Kutluk Oktay, MD, FACOG is one of the world's foremost experts in fertility preservation as well as ovarian stimulation and in vitro fertilization for infertility treatments. He developed and performed the world's first ovarian transplantation procedures as well as pioneered new ovarian stimulation protocols for embryo and oocyte freezing for breast and endometrial cancer patients.

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