SUNDAY, April 8 (HealthDay News) -- Vision problems can occur during pregnancy, and women should talk to their doctor if they do notice any vision changes, say experts at Prevent Blindness America.
April is Women's Eye Health and Safety Awareness Month, according to the volunteer eye health and safety organization.
Discomfort with contact lenses, refractive changes, dry eyes, puffy eyelids that obscure side vision and sensitivity to light due to migraines are among vision changes that may occur during pregnancy. Some vision changes, such as blurred vision and seeing spots, may indicate serious problems.
"Women who have any pre-existing conditions, like glaucoma, high blood pressure or diabetes, must let their eye doctor know that they are pregnant or planning to become pregnant, so the doctor can monitor closely for any changes in vision," Daniel D. Garrett, senior vice president of Prevent Blindness America, said in a prepared statement.
Problems that pregnant women may experience include:
The Merle West Medical Center in Oregon has more about eye problems during pregnancy.
SOURCE: Prevent Blindness America, news release, March 27, 2007