NY LASIK Surgeon Satish Modi, M.D. discussed how being pregnant can affect your eyes and the decision to have LASIK surgery. “Potential LASIK candidates are often surprised when I ask them at their consultation if they are, or are considering becoming pregnant. They ask, “What does being pregnant have to with my eyes? Sometimes quite a bit I tell them,” explained Dr. Modi.
During pregnancy your body undergoes fluctuations in hormone levels, changes in fluid retention and even an increase in your overall blood volume. These types of changes can result in your eyes changing in various ways. Fortunately eye changes due to pregnancy are usually temporary and resolve after the baby is born or after the cessation of breast feeding. Typically vision changes are minor and don’t require a change in eyeglasses, however there are some eye changes that do require care and attention.
“If you were thinking about having LASIK you should delay your actual LASIK Surgery procedure until at least three months after your delivery or three months after you stop nursing. This is necessary because the thickness of your cornea may fluctuate during pregnancy and will reduce the accuracy of the LASIK correction. Also, hormonal fluctuations are often the cause of dry eye. This can make you uncomfortable by itself and can certainly make wearing your contact lenses more difficult,” further explained Dr. Modi. If you experience dry eyes during pregnancy be sure to consult your eye care provider so that “pregnancy-safe” lubricating eye drops or other alternative treatments for dry eye can be prescribed. Sometimes simply eating foods high in omega-3 fatty acids such as salmon, flax seeds and walnuts, may help resolve dry eye and also supports general good health. “On a more serious note, if your vision becomes noticeably blurry, it may signal high blood pressure or pregnancy-related diabetes,” cautioned Dr, Modi. “If you experience dry eyes, changes in vision or especially very blurred vision during pregnancy it is important to schedule an appointment to see us.”
If you or someone you know would like to learn more about eyes and being pregnant or LASIK and whether they are a good candidate please call Seeta Eye Centers and schedule an eye examination or schedule a free LASIK consultation by calling 845-454-1025 , visiting Seeta Eye Centers or facebook.com/seetaeyecenters.
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