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Some women might experience blurry vision when pregnant. This is common, and normal vision will often return within nine months after delivery. If vision is not back to normal within nine months, then see an eye doctor.

However, it might be a sign of some other pregnancy complication, so it is important to know more about blurry vision in pregnancy.

How does it present?

For pregnant women, their vision might not be as sharp as usual. Objects might look hazy, as when one is looking through a mist or fog. A few pregnant women also reported that their eyes feel red and irritated.

Blurry vision may occur in one eye, or both. It can also occur in a corner of the pregnant woman’s field of vision. The woman might also experience it while using her original eye prescription.

But why is vision affected during pregnancy?

Why is the vision blurry?

Hormones:

Hormonal changes occur during pregnancy. These changes can cause blurry vision, but it is rarely permanent. Some women detect it early in pregnancy, but it can occur at any time within the nine months gestation period.

Preeclampsia:

Caused by high blood pressure and abnormal levels of protein in the urine during pregnancy.

Gestational Diabetes:

Abnormally high blood sugar for people who normally do not have diabetic issues.

Preeclampsia and gestational diabetes can affect your baby, vision and even cause blindness if left untreated.

Also note the following symptoms: eye floaters or flashes, partial vision loss, blind spots, light sensitivity, dimmed vision, and double vision. Visit the eye doctor and your O&G (obstetrics and gynaecology) physician as soon as you notice any of these as these might be indicators of pregnancy complications like Grave’s diseases, multiple sclerosis, tumours (e.g., pituitary adenomas), or uveitis.

Eye care for blurry vision

Hormonally caused blurry vision should correct itself. For blurry vision caused by complications, taking the medication as directed by the doctor will help relieve the condition and ease up the strain on the eyes.

Things you can do to reduce eye strain:

  • Limit your screen time.
  • Wear UV protective eyewear if you become sensitive to bright lights.
  • Rest your eyes and take naps.
  • Avoid reading and working in dark places that cause you to strain your eyes.
  • Avoid contact lenses as they might not be the right fit for your corneas anymore due to pregnancy.

When pregnant, eating well, getting fresh air and exercising will always bring positive results to your health and vision. So, listen to the advice of your medical doctor and your eye doctor and get your eyes checked every trimester to be sure that your vision is stable and not deteriorating.

 

While a common hormonal issue easily reversed after delivery, blurry vision can also indicate one or more pregnancy complications. Always check your eyes if you notice any changes to your vision during pregnancy.