Along with swollen feet and morning sickness, pregnancy often changes a woman’s vision. Changes in your eye health can occur because of fluctuating hormones, increasing blood volume, and retention of fluids. For example, one such change that may occur is dry eye syndrome. Although most changes in your vision during pregnancy are not a cause for alarm, it’s always a good idea to schedule a visit to your obstetrics department if you have any concerns. The women’s services specialist can give you some tips on preserving healthy vision and recommend treatment options for dry eye syndrome.
Eat a Varied Diet
Your women’s services specialist has undoubtedly coached you about dietary modifications during your pregnancy. Fortunately, many of the healthy food choices recommended to support your growing baby are also good for your eye health. In particular, foods that are rich in omega-3 fatty acids may reduce symptoms of dry eye syndrome. These include foods such as walnuts, salmon, and ground flaxseed.
Prevent Eye Strain
Sometimes, dry, blurry, or tired eyes are linked to computer usage. If you work at a computer for prolonged periods of time, use tall, bright floor lamps to improve the lighting. Minimize glare by choosing glasses with an anti-reflective coating, and remember to focus your eyes on a distant object every 20 minutes to give them a break from the computer screen.
Consider Dry Eye Treatments
Many physicians often recommend over-the-counter eye drops to relieve dry eye syndrome. However, sometimes a prescription-strength medication is needed instead. Check with your OB/GYN about prescription eye drops that are safe to use during pregnancy.
Schedule Appointments as Needed
While vision changes related to pregnancy are typically temporary, schedule check-ups with a women’s services specialist if you experience any troubling symptoms. If you experience blurry vision, however, call a doctor promptly. This can indicate a more serious problem, such as gestational diabetes or high blood pressure.
Schedule your next prenatal care visit at Palms West Hospital and discuss any concerns you may have with our caring physicians. You can reach us by calling (561) 798-3300. We also encourage you to visit our website to view our range of women’s services and pediatric care.