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“I’m pregnant – can I have laser eye surgery?”


“I’m pregnant – can I have laser eye surgery?”

Laser eye surgery during pregnancy – is it recommended?

As tempting as it might be to free yourself from glasses or contact lenses as soon as possible, the one time it’s recommended you don’t have laser eye surgery is when you are pregnant. There are several good reasons for this.

Firstly, your vision may alter during pregnancy. This is because the hormonal changes that occur during this time lead to the body retaining more fluid, which can cause swelling of the cornea of the eye.

As a result, some women are likely to be more near-sighted during pregnancy. This is quite normal and after giving birth, vision will return to its previous optical performance – that is the best time to have laser eye surgery.

Other reasons to be patient before having laser eye surgery

During the laser eye surgery procedure, you would typically receive antibiotic drops and a sedative beforehand, which would be absorbed into the bloodstream. Again, this is not a good idea when you are carrying an unborn child.

Even after giving birth, the body’s hormonal state continues to alter. Therefore, it makes sense to wait for a few months before you consider having laser eye surgery. To be absolutely sure, seek the advice of your medical advisor or ophthalmologist first, so you know when it’s safe to go ahead.

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