Infections are a common issue during pregnancy. Your body goes through a total evolution, preparing for the childbirth and parenting ahead. It is not unusual for you to be prone to infections as physical metamorphosis goes on. This is mostly because there is a huge hormonal shift while your body prepares itself for your growing baby.
The rush of hormones and increased blood circulation significantly impacts your immune system, making you more prone to minor illnesses. Out of these, eye infection in pregnancy is quite common. You will find your eyes wither watery, dry or popping out. Do not panic at these new and sudden developments.
Common Eye Infections During Pregnancy
Pregnancy brings in a lot of physical and emotional changes and this includes sensory organs too. Below are few common eye problems during pregnancy that you may be subject to:
1. Dry Eyes:
Dry eyes are a common condition. Your eyes tend to dry up, turn red and burn very often. They may also be sensitive to sunlight.
- Hormonal changes produce lesser water in your eyes. Consult a good ophthalmologist who will prescribe mild eye drops to combat the condition.
- However, if the irritation persists despite using the drops several times a day, it is time to get a second check up done.
- Your doctor is likely to prescribe non-vascular constrictive eye medication that is subtle on the blood vessels on your eye surface.
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2. Weaker Eyes:
You tend to feel that your eyesight is getting weaker by the time you are in your second trimester. This happens due to the fluid retention that fast accumulates all over your body.
- If you wear contact lenses, you will feel as though they have stopped working accurately.
- However, if you are at work and need your vision to be on top every day, try wearing glasses instead of contact lenses.
- Alternatively you can also consult your eye specialist for other viable options. The weaker eye vision will automatically correct itself after the delivery.
3. Pink Eye Or Conjunctivitis:
Conjunctivitis is an inflammation of conjunctiva, the membrane that covers the white surface of your eye surrounding the eye balls.
- Conjunctivitis is caused due to numerous factors such as bacterial or viral infection, allergy, foreign bodies, plugged tear duct, scratched eye, chronic dry eyes etc.,
- Pink Eye is a rather annoying condition and can also spread to others near you.
- Make sure you consult your ophthalmologist right away to seek effective medication. Special antibiotics or drops are usually prescribed.
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Tips Pregnancy Eye Infection
It is important to follow certain measures while dealing with an eye infection during pregnancy. Hygiene becomes the first crucial thing:
- Keep Your Eyes Clean: Splashing cold water on your eyes will help get rid of any foreign particles flush away. This also helps soothe the blood vessels in your eyes. Make sure you do not use heavy eye makeup if you are prone to infections and allergies.
- Warm Compress: A time tested method, warm compress helps the troubled blood vessels heal better if you are already infected. Hold a warm, wet wash cloth against the eye for few seconds.
- Saline Eye Drops: The drops that are prescribed by your eye specialist will be mostly mild and saline based. In case of conjunctivitis antibiotic drops will be advised. Frequent application of these drops should ease the condition.
- Medication: Follow the medication prescribed by your ophthalmologist to the T. The frequency of usage should be strictly complied with as you are pregnant. More care needs to be exercised.
- Protect Your Eyes: Wear good pair of sunglasses if you are stepping out. Sunglasses help protect your eyes from both dust and harmful UV rays.
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Eye infections during pregnancy are temporary and hence do not panic unless they are recurrent. Eye infections can be dealt easily once you follow the above measures. If the rest of the problems highlighted above continue, please consult a doctor immediately.
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