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Blurred Vision

Pregnancy Symptoms & Discomforts

Some minor vision disturbances during pregnancy are normal. Your eyes are affected by the same fluid retention that may give you thicker ankles or bloating. Your lens and cornea may thicken, and the pressure of the fluid within the eyeball may change. These changes together can cause your vision to blur.

You may experience blurred vision, double vision, spots or floaters, which do not go away easily. They may cause anxiety, but occasional vision issues do not always mean that there is a major health concern.

If you have double vision, blurring, dimming, flashing spots or lights that last for more than two hours call your doctor or midwife. If you experience dizziness with blurred vision during pregnancy, or if blurred vision is accompanied by headache, palpitation and sudden swelling of the hands and face, then be sure to inform your physician or midwife immediately. Blurred vision accompanied by these symptoms can be an indicator of certain serious illnesses like: pregnancy induced hypertension, gestational diabetes and anemia.

When it comes to vision problems during pregnancy it is best to err on the side of caution. You should report any vision disturbances to your healthcare provider so you can be medically evaluated to rule out any serious conditions that could harm you or your baby.

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