Post # 1
I have been looking into getting laser eye for a while and have finally taken the plunge and booked my surgery date. At my consult, the doctor said I should wait 6+ months after surgery before getting pregnant.
I’m having a hard time now deciding what to do. I really want kids and would be ready any day, but Darling Husband isn’t quite yet. I know it makes sense to wait – though we both have good jobs and are financially stable, there is a chance we will have to move next March (we will find out at the end of the summer if we will have to) due to DH’s job. I don’t want to be dealing with a newborn baby AND a move at once.
However, if we do get to stay – then we would be ready to conceive in the fall, which would mean a summer baby (perfect for me as a teacher). I never thought planning to TTC would be so much work! If I don’t get the surgery now though, I don’t know when I will get the chance again to do it. I know in the grand scheme of things waiting an extra 6 months – a year isn’t a big deal, but it’s hard when I have baby fever!
Has anyone had laser eye surgery before getting pregnant? Did you have any complications?
Post # 3
I think watching after kids would be way easier if you didn’t need to use contacts/glasses ;).
I don’t have any but I worry about whether I’d be able to find my way out of a fire, emergency, etc without my contacts in so it would give me peace of mind to have my eyes fixed. Plus, it’s just 6 months.
Post # 4
I would get the surgery. 6 months is a blink of time in the grand scheme of things.
Post # 5
I would do the surgery first. I hate fumbling around in the middle of the night, trying to find my glasses with a screaming baby. I told myself with my last baby I would have my eyes done before the next one, and here I am in my glasses pregnant. So I say go for it now!!
Post # 6
I haven’t had laser eye surgery. I think the main reason for the wait is that your vision changes with pregnancy. I had a retinal tear in each eye over the course of two years. My yearly visits are important after experiencing those. Right now, I’m 28 weeks pregnant and putting off my eye appointment until after the baby’s born because of the vision changes. Once he’s born, I’ll get them checked out again. Maybe you could use the six months to get yourself in shape for TTC and pregnancy like taking prenatals and making sure that your diet’s in good shape. If you want to enjoy marriage and have an opportunity for the surgery, do it now before it becomes a lot harder to.
Post # 7
My doctor, who is not your doctor (ie doesn’t know your medical history), but is a national expert said this: He has done surgery on several women who didn’t know they were pregnant. Their eyes are fine, their babies are fine. He has had women get pregnant immediately after surgery, it is fine. The eyes are a separte system and have nothing to do with pregnancy. The eyesight/pregnancy relationship only applies to people who had good eyesight in adulthood– if you needed glasses by middle school, pregnancy does nothing to your eyes. But again, this was advice to me, someone who had a -8.5 contact prescription (that is I couldn’t find the chart, let alone find the E).
He does recommend getting surgery before you have kids though– his thought is that it makes nighttime feedings much easier. That was why we were doing the surgery then, before I got engaged and would be changing insurance.
I had PRK (the old kind of lasik with a longer healing time) with the newest laser. I had 20/20 vision 6 weeks out. 6 months out I have no side effects. I would get lasik and TTC.
Post # 8
Another vote for do it now! You will not be able to do it for a long time after you have kids, believe me, so I would definitely do it now.
I did have it done and I’m so glad I did. One major factor for me was the fact that I don’t feel that I could look after children in a pool or beach without it. I was always either wearing Rx sunglasses, which get wet and you worry about them falling off, or worrying about my contacts slipping out in the water and always squeezing my eyes shut— neither particularly condusive to watching a small child! My eyes were really bad though.
Post # 9
I had PRK 10 months ago. I think it will make things much easier with kids. For example, there is no way I could have taken kids swimming before since my vision was -7 (BAD) and I found it impossible to wear contacts while swimming.
Post # 10
Thanks everyone for your advice and experiences…I’ve decided to keep going ahead and looking forward to glasses free parenting 🙂
Post # 11
Glasses free for sure! I had mine a year and a half ago and love it!
Post # 12
Get the surgery! I had PRK in March of this year and it was the single best thing I’ve ever done for myself. I was at -11 in each eye (read: freaking blind) and now I’m 20/20!
Post # 13
I would do the surgery, since you have several reasons that you may need to delay TTC. Being pregnant, I so wish I didn’t need glasses or contacts. It would make night feedings so much easier. Unfortunately my vision is too bad for the thickness of my corneas, I’ve been to a surgeon and have been told that I’m not a candidate for Lasik. Ugh.
Post # 13
Pollywog : why did u have prk?
Post # 14
missbeachbum : Hi have you gone through laser surgery before pregnancy? was it successfull? Because Im also in same situation as yours. I want to conceive after 1year, so eyesight will be normal only or will it change? Im not getting what to do? So please help me out.