OB-GYN (Obstetrician-Gynecologist) Questions Eyes and vision

Vision changes in pregnancy. Is this normal?

I'm six months pregnant, and I'm starting to realize that I'm unable to see as far as I used to. I've never needed glasses, since I always had 20/20 vision. Could this be because of my pregnancy?

5 Answers

Yes, the high levels of hormones during pregnancy can cause your glasses prescription to change. This usually returns to normal within a few months after the birth, see an Ophthalmologist.
Absolutely there is a hormone called relaxin which relaxes the collagen in your ligaments to allow the baby to pass through the birth canal more easily it makes your joints loose. It also changes the shape of your eye and induces astigmatism. About 80% of people have there vision return to normal post pregnancy. 20% remain changed. Each pregnancy is different and it may change during one pregnancy and not another.
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Pregnancy is associated with many changes. Anyone who is diabetic and pregnant needs to be followed carefully during pregnancy. Pregnancy can also cause the cornea to have some edema so changing the refraction. This usually goes back to normal post pregnancy but if you are a contact lens wearer, this can change the fit and should be checked
Yes, this is very normal. The eye will change shape with pregnancy causing this, as well as extra fluids in your body can cause the eye to swell and change vision too. These things go away after pregnancy.
Yes. Hormonal changes will distort vision but will return to the usual after delivery.