I recently heard of a story about a mother who was pregnant with twin baby girls. During her pregnancy she gradually experienced issues with her eyesight, which slowly degenerated to the point where she could only see a couple of yards in front of her. This vision degeneration continued and reached its peak with the mother realizing that she couldn't see anything beyond arm's length. Her vision was compared to seeing through a dark tunnel. After giving birth vision degradation ceased however her eyesight never returned to normal. This condition concerned her greatly prompting her to seek a consultation with her eye doctor. After a comprehensive check-up the source of the problem was discovered to be non-cancerous brain tumor. It's presence created pressure on her eye therefore ultimately impacting her vision. If left untreated she may have completely gone blind and perhaps even died. Although this incident was unrelated to her pregnancy it is a cautionary tale for pregnant women reminding them to remain conscious of symptoms during these critical months. In fact, pregnancy can affect your eyesight in many ways and it is critical to be cognizant of the causes, symptoms and treatments of vision problems that pregnancy provoke.
Hormonal and physical changes that develop during pregnancy could cause morning sickness, lower back pain and even vision issues. It is critical to be aware of these changes and know how to address them. For example, your eyes can be affected and you could experience any the following four symptoms:
If you experience any of the symptoms described above or other issues that you believe are foreign to you during pregnancy it is important to contact your eye doctor. Although most of the time the issues are minor and easily treated it is still better to err on the side of caution and confirm that there are no malicious or hidden issues that may be related to more serious conditions.
By Bucky LaFountain
July 21, 2017
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