Planning to have a baby is an exciting time for women. But did you know that pregnancy can affect your vision? And once you have your baby, putting in contacts or finding glasses can become a time-consuming hassle. Seeing your baby with crystal clear vision without glasses or contacts can be an eye-opening experience, which is why prospective new moms should consider LASIK vision correction.
Changes During Pregnancy
The hormonal and physical changes that occur in women during pregnancy can temporarily affect your vision. Your eyesight will likely return to normal once your baby is born, but it can be annoying to find that your glasses no longer seem to be the right prescription or your contacts aren’t as effective as usual. The changes that occur also mean you shouldn’t undergo a LASIK procedure while pregnant, so it’s best to book a consultation in the planning stages.
Seeing Your Way Through Labour
When I had my first child more than 20 years ago, I was surprised when the nurses at the hospital insisted that I remove my glasses while I laboured. As a result, I wasn’t able to see my son clearly when he was delivered. I had to wait what seemed like an agonizingly long time for the nurse to pass me my glasses before I could count his tiny fingers and toes (and yes, they were all there).
While it may seem like a small inconvenience, not having clear vision made it difficult to concentrate during contractions. No matter how hard I tried to focus, everything was blurry. It was frustrating and added to my anxiety about my labour.
The first few months after bringing home a new baby are exhausting. When your baby needs to be fed every few hours, and you are already sleep deprived, fumbling around in the dark for eyeglasses is an added annoyance you just don’t need. If nursing, it is important to see that the baby has latched on properly, otherwise you could be in for a painful experience. If bottle feeding, it can be difficult to see the tiny measurement markings on baby bottles without clear vision, and correctly measuring formula is critical for a baby’s nutrition.
Older Babies Love Glasses!
As your baby grows, you will be rewarded with her physical, emotional, and social development. Seeing your baby’s first smile and hearing her first laugh are all moments parents should cherish. But once your baby begins to grab small items, she’ll start reaching for the shiny glasses perched on your face. Each of my children has snatched glasses from my face, and in one case the delicate Italian designer frame was so badly damaged that I had to get a new pair.
While it can’t reduce dirty diapers or night feedings, clear eyesight can help you see your way through the often exhausting but precious journey of parenthood. While you’re pregnant you won’t be a candidate for LASIK, so be sure to arrange a LASIK MD consultation as part of your pregnancy planning preparations to see if it is right for you.