Pregnancy and Vision…anyone??

posted 3 years ago in Pregnancy
Post # 3
7654 posts
Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: July 2012

@kes18:  Gosh, that’s tough. I’d go by the doc’s recommendation. I just got my card in the mail to get my eyes checked and I filed it to the side because I figured my vision is so weird right now that it doesn’t make sense to get them checked right now although I am in need of a new pair of contacts. I only have one pair left :- So I am slightly torn. I am going to ask my doc next Tuesday.

Post # 5
3697 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: August 2013

Check the rules in your state about what happens when a license expires. Some states require you to retake the written/driving tests.

Post # 7
3119 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: August 2012

I’d go with what your doctor says. I will anecdotally say that my sister is 27, has had perfect vision her whole life, has never been pregnant and just now found out she needs glasses for minor correcting of vision. So it is possible that your vision actually changed, separate of pregnancy. That said, I don’t think it’s that likely and think that your vision issues are more likely related to your pregnancy. 

See what your doctor says, try to pass again, but then what about buying some of those cheapie drug store glasses (without a prescription) if they help. I’m not sure if they are anything but reading glasses, but worth a try before spending $100+ on new glasses you don’t need!

Also, think about whether or not you are really going to want to let your license expire and be reliant on others to drive and then have to go re-take the test (not knowing if you’re vision is better yet) when you have a newborn at home and all that comes with that. 

Post # 9
2311 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: July 2011

Fact of the matter is, you need glasses RIGHT NOW, if not later. Otherwise you are a hazard to yourself while driving, to your unborn child, whoever is your passenger, other drivers on the road, and pedestrians alike.

You don’t have to wear the glasses at home. Only while driving.

So shell out the $$$ and get the glasses…… FOR NOW. Then once baby is born, give it a month or two and go back for another eye exam.

Post # 10
679 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: March 2013

You need glasses right now.  You should get your prescription, and then have the eye place give it to you. Let them know ahead of time you are getting your glasses elsewhere.

Some places will try to tell you they can’t do that, and I don’t even know if that’s legal, but I’ve had it happen.

Then order them online for cheap. My friend pays $5-$10 for a pair. I would do that in your case. Then get nicer ones if your vision doesn’t go back.

I have really nice glasses with all kinds of glare protection and all that jazz. They were pricy but I had a goal to go off contacts for a whole year and I knew I would go back to contacts if my glasses weren’t the best.

Post # 11
89 posts
Worker bee
  • Wedding: July 2010

i would get the glasses now. you don’t know if and when your vision will go back to normal after having the baby (could be a few days, could be months). my husband has glasses, but only ever wears them to drive. literally, he keeps them in a case in the car because he doesn’t use them at all otherwise (once in a while to see a movie). a lot of eye places have really cheap glasses and since you don’t care about wearing them all the time, i would go with the cheapest lenses possible. you probably won’t need to shell out $125+ for glasses if you look for inexpensive ones. lenscrafters (although i hate them) has a whole wall of discounted frames and some of them are half-decent.

Post # 12
3119 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: August 2012

@kes18:  It’s a good point about your husband driving, and in an emergency, it’s not as if you physically are UNABLE to drive. 

As for safety and needing glasses right now that some of the newer posters have mentioned, I guess there’s a point to that, but I don’t know how stringent the laws in your state are or how terribly your vision has changed. 

Post # 15
11668 posts
Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: November 1999

I have horrible horrible eye sight and have never had an issue passing the eye exam, even wearing my outdated Rx that I don’t feel comfortable driving in unless it’s an emergency (had to use them the last time I went to get a license because of an eye infection). So, that says to me that you need glasses now.  Whether you need them later or not is moot. It’s not safe to be driving with your vision level at the moment. Suck it up and get the exam, or don’t drive.

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