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Doylestown, PA

501 Hyde Park
Route 202
Doylestown, PA 18902
Phone: 215-230-9200
Fax: 215-230-9292

Hours

Monday 8am – 5pm
Tuesday 7am – 7pm
Wednesday 7am – 8pm
Thursday 7 am- 8pm
Friday 7am – 5pm
*Saturday (3rd Saturday of the Month) 1pm
*Saturday hours and dates are subject to change. If you do not have a scheduled appointment already, please call our office before coming in to confirm we are open.

Hopewell, NJ

2 Capital Way
Ste 326
Pennington, NJ 08534
Phone: 609-882-8833
Fax: 609-882-0077

Hours

Monday 7am – 5pm
Tuesday 7am – 7pm
Wednesday 7am – 8pm
Thursday 7am – 8pm
Friday 8am-5pm
*Saturday (1st and 4th Saturdays of the Month) 8am – 1pm
*Saturday hours and dates are subject to change. If you do not have a scheduled appointment already, please call our office before coming in to confirm we are open.

Hamilton, NJ

1445 Whitehorse-Mercerville Rd
Ste 106
Hamilton, NJ 08619
Phone: 609-890-0772
Fax: 609-890-0774

Hours

Monday 9am – 5pm
Tuesday 8am – 8pm
Wednesday 12pm – 8pm
Thursday 7am – 4pm
Friday 8am – 4pm
*Saturday (1st Saturday of the Month) 8am – 1pm
*Saturday hours and dates are subject to change. If you do not have a scheduled appointment already, please call our office before coming in to confirm we are open.

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Pregnancy: How it Can Affect Your Vision

Young Woman Taking Eye Exam

It goes without saying that pregnancy causes a myriad of changes to a woman’s body, and, unbeknownst to many, those changes can include vision issues. In fact, data suggests such vision changes happen to as many as 15 percent of all pregnant women.

During pregnancy, changes in metabolism, hormones, blood circulation and fluid retention can all affect the eyes and eyesight. Let’s take water retention, a major factor during pregnancy, as an example: It is possible that the curvature and thickness of the cornea may be increased by this process. While this may seem like a small change on the surface, it could affect whether contacts or glasses remain capable of correcting vision. This is also the reason laser eye surgery isn’t recommended during pregnancy, and why it’s not the ideal time for new glasses/contact fittings.

If, during pregnancy, your vision is altered, it will most likely be a minor change and a temporary one at that. Most pregnancy-related changes that our eye care experts have seen reverse themselves within several months of delivery. Additionally, if you wear glasses and become pregnant, it is unlikely that you will need to change your prescription, though it is possible. Bear in mind that most women who experience prolonged changes find that they are slightly more nearsighted than they were prior to pregnancy.

If you come to believe that there’s been a significant change in your vision, see an eye doctor for an exam.

How else can pregnancy affect your eyes? Let’s take a quick look at additional factors:

Dryness and Irritation During pregnancy, your eyes may be more irritated or drier (symptoms that can also last for as long as you’re breastfeeding); this, coupled with the aforementioned subtle changes in the thickness and shape of the cornea, can make wearing contact lenses uncomfortable.

Visual Disturbances From Migraines If you experience blind spots or flashing lights, one possible reason may be a condition called “migraine with aura,” endured by some women for the first time during pregnancy. This condition yields a headache that’s painful (usually on one side of the head), and can come along with visual disturbances such as zigzag lines, bright flashes of light, blind spots or even temporary vision loss.

Eye Disease Some women with a pregnancy that’s otherwise healthy develop an eye disease known as Central Serous Chorioretinopathy (CSC) in which a buildup of fluid occurs under the retina; layers of the retina then detach and distort the vision, creating blind spots.

In general, let your eye care professional know immediately if you experience the following during pregnancy:

  • Blind spots
  • Light sensitivity
  • Double vision
  • Blurry vision
  • Temporary vision loss

You should also get in touch with Matossian Eye Associates if you experience redness or eye pain, or if you notice puffiness or swelling around your eyes – another symptom that may accompany preeclampsia.

Contact Us

Doylestown, PA
501 Hyde Park
Route 202
Doylestown, PA 18902

Phone: 215-230-9200

Fax: 215-230-9292

Hopewell, NJ
Two Capital Way
Suite 326
Pennington, NJ 08534

Phone: 609-882-8833

Fax: 609-882-0077

Hamilton, NJ
1445 Whitehorse-Mercerville Rd
Suite 106
Hamilton, NJ 08619

Phone: 609-890-0772

Fax: 609-890-0774

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