Pregnancy & vision – new glasses now or later?

posted 3 years ago in Pregnancy
Post # 3
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Buzzing Beekeeper

Commenting to follow. I’ve noticed that my eyes have been worse the last few weeks (I’m 25w pregnant).  Interested to know if my eyes will go back to normal.

Post # 4
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: June 2012

I’m currently at 37w and I think my eyesight is a little worse but not enough for me to consider getting a bump in my prescription. The change is subtle but having worn contacts/glasses for most of my life, I’m pretty attuned to changes in my vision. I’m in a group with other expecting moms and some have reported significantly changes to their vision. I think like any other pregnancy symptom, it varies between people.

Post # 5
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: August 2014

I don’t know about pregnancy vision changes, but I imagine it would be easier to go to an appointment with the baby on the inside rather than the outside. You never know what kind of delivery complications you might have and I think it’s pretty normal to be fairly housebound for the first few weeks after birth. If you’re having trouble seeing, especially when driving I’d get glasses/contacts sooner rather than later. Your question is one I would ask the opthamologist at your appointment I  think they would know better than anyone.

 

Post # 6
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: January 2012

The mayo pregnancy book starts pregnancy can cause blurry vision. I’d wait until after baby at this point or your prescription will most likely need to be changed again after birth. I have 20/10 vision but have definitely noticed a bit of a blur lately at 12 w. 

Post # 7
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Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: November 2013 - St. Augustine Beach, FL

If it’s causing you to have trouble while driving, it’s probably a good idea to be safe and get your eyes checked out now.  You can always ask the eye doctor what their position is on getting glasses now or later.  Better to be safe since you’re toting around a little person inside of you.

Post # 8
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Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: September 2010

There are a lot of places to get really cheap glasses online. Might as well get your vision checked and a cheap pair for now. You can go back in 1 year and get another free exam and get glasses you like more – and it’ll only be a few months after the birth. Probably won’t have time to deal with it before then, anyway! “Mostly right” is better than nothing!

Post # 9
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: June 2011

My eyes did not change at all with pregnancy.  So I would say case by case. Definately if it affects your day to day you should go get checked

Post # 10
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Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: July 2012

@jackieee:  At this point I would wait. I asked my doctor (and also referred to Mayo pregnancy book I have) hat my vision blurs every once in a while, and I have to squint every now and then to see stuff. She assured me it is normal, and my vision will return to normal after the baby is born. I am currently 12 wks 1d.

Post # 11
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: August 2010

Your eyes do get MUCH drier with pregnancy (this could be a cause for occassional blurriness).  I would go and get something now.  And since vision is usually a yearly thing, you could always go again after baby is born.  (I’m not sure what your plan is, but mine basically gives me $300 for contacts or glasses each calendar year and a vision exam).  If you are having trouble seeing, it makes sense to get something for the remaining 26 weeks of pregnancy, that’s a long time to spend without the right glasses/contacts (and could give you headaches too).

 

Post # 12
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Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: May 2013

@jackieee:  My doc recommended waiting until 6 months after the birth before getting new glasses.

Apparently that’s when your eyes are finally 100% beck to normal!

Post # 13
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: June 2013

I’m currently 33w and got new contacts and glasses about a month ago. I was due for a new Rx and wanted to get it all done before baby since I’m sure I’ll be wearing my glasses quite a bit. I have noticed that my eyes are drier, a bit blurry if I stare at the computer too long, and my night vision is not as good as it used to be and I attribute this to pregnancy because these are problems that I did not have before. If you regularly get a new Rx every year and feel that the change in your vision is what normally happens to you, then I would go to the Dr now and get it over with (my Rx gets a bit higher each year so I knew that I was due for a new one). If what you are experiencing is totally out of the ordinary for you then I would wait until after you deliver to see what happens with your vision.

Post # 14
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: October 2011

I would get glasses now. If I remember correctly after genetic problems, the number 2 reason for fetal injury/miscarriage is car accidents. If you are driving, you need to be able to see.

Post # 16
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: May 2012

I agree with most of the concensus here.  I read and then consulted with a fried who is an eye doctor and your vision changes during pregnancy and that change is not permanent. So it is recommended that you not make any changes to prescriptions during pregnancy.

That said, I was just at the eye doctor this morning because for the past 10 days or so I’ve been seeing random spots in my vision and was concerned.  Turns out they are called ‘floaters’ and are very common in old people and pregnant women – great.

My friend also suggested not having your eyes dilated during an eye exam (I didn’t ask why – duh) during pregnancy but she said my doctor might do it anyway which he did and all was fine.

If it is affecting things like your driving though, I would always air on the side of caution and see a doctor.

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