The question of "Can I get LASIK while pregnant" is not dependent so much on being pregnant as it is on visual fluctuations. Many women have had successful LASIK procedures, perhaps in the early stages of pregnancy and maybe some were unaware they were pregnant. So, can you get LASIK while prengnant? The American Academy of Ophthalmology advises on refraining from LASIK eye surgery during pregnancy because the thickness and curvature of the cornea can increase as a result of hormonal changes thereby distorting the accuracy of visual results. The purpose of LASIK eye surgery is to help patients achieve their best-corrected vision unaided by glasses or contacts, with favorable visual results, so if we understand the impact of hormones on vision, there would be no need to risk surgery during this time.
Pregnancy & Your Vision
It is common to see visual fluctuations during pregnancy. LASIK should not be performed on any individual if the vision is not stabilized without changes in the eye prescription, usually for an entire year. It is also not unusual to see women who have worn contact lenses for years become intolerant and switch over to glasses, during pregnancy. As a result of hormonal changes and visual fluctuations, ophthalmologists tend to err on the side of caution and recommend waiting on LASIK eye surgery until vision has stabilized. This can happen once a baby is born and breastfeeding or nursing a child has ended. Typically, we recommend LASIK once a woman has had a couple of regular menstrual cycles to ensure the regulation of hormones.
Can You Get LASIK While Pregnant?
Some patients ask if it is better to have LASIK before or after pregnancy. This depends on several factors like age and the overall health of the woman. Generally speaking, both are perfectly fine. If a woman had LASIK shortly prior to pregnancy and vision changed afterward, she may need an enhancement to factor in the hormonal changes thereafter.
Pregnancy and LASIK are both exciting, life-changing events, so consult with your ophthalmologist to guide you on an informed decision for you.
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