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Is It Safe To Have Lasik Surgery During Pregnancy?

May 21, 2020

Is It Safe To Have Lasik Surgery During Pregnancy?


Getting pregnant is a wonderful feeling. With this feeling comes responsibility, the responsibility to take good care of yourself, and the growing fetus. In such a scenario every decision of yours will affect your and the health of the foetus. Getting LASIK surgery during pregnancy is one such decision. We do not recommend doing LASIK surgery during pregnancy and while breastfeeding for the first 3 months.

Why I Should Not Undergo Lasik Surgery While Pregnant?

Various hormonal changes occur during pregnancy. The hormones playing an important role during pregnancy are progesterone, estrogen, prolactin, oxytocin, and Human Chorionic Gonadotrophin hormone. These hormones cause various changes in your body. Two major changes related to the eyes are:

Dry Eyes: The hormonal changes reduce the production of tears in your eyes. This will make your eyes dry. Women who wear contact lenses experience irritation in eyes during pregnancy because of dry eyes.

Water retention: During pregnancy, you may have water retained in your body including eyes. Because of water retention, the curvature of your cornea possibly changes which may alter the ower of glasses. Thus, if you are pregnant and undergone LASIK, it may be relatively more uncomfortable.

One of the primary requisites of LASIK surgery is the stable vision of the person. Stable vision in LASIK surgery means stable curvature of the cornea. It is because LASIK surgery works on the cornea for improving vision. As the corneal curvature changes due to fluid retention, the vision becomes unstable. If surgery is done during an unstable vision, the result may not be optimum.

Does Lasik Surgery During Pregnancy Affects Fetus?

There is no direct impact of LASIK surgery on the Foetus. In some cases, medications to get relief from the stress of surgery may be prescribed which might be contraindicated during pregnancy. Your doctor may advise you to wait for the correct time to undergo LASIK surgery.

When To Consider Lasik Surgery Post-Pregnancy?

After pregnancy, your wait for the LASIK surgery depends on whether you are breastfeeding or not. If you are breastfeeding, then it is generally recommended to wait for at least one to three months before you opt for LASIK surgery.

If you are not breastfeeding, still the hormones in your body will take time to return to a normal level after pregnancy. The normal hormonal level will allow the corneal curvature to get normal. You may be advised to wait for at least one menstrual cycle after your delivery to undergo LASIK surgery.

Recommendations For Lasik Surgery After Pregnancy

Because of the quick recovery time and ease of surgery, the LASIK surgery will not steal much of your time to play and care for your infant. Following measures may help you in searching for best LASIK surgeon:

  • Look for the surgeon that meets your goals.
  • Make a list of questions beforehand that you want to ask from your surgeon.
  • Ask your friends or family members that had undergone LASIK surgery.
  • Visit the eye clinic to get more detail about infrastructure.

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