Contact lenses in pregnancy

Friday, October 21, 2011

Contact lenses in pregnancy

In pregnancy and during lactation alters the body. The eyes are often affected by this change. Especially contact lens wearers must therefore adapt to a different handling of visual aids. Stefanie Berger, optometrist at Mister Spex, Germany's largest online retailer of designer glasses, explains the possible causes of symptoms and a worse vision and comfort of contact lenses. Here are her tips for alleviating the symptoms.
What impact has the hormonal changes of pregnancy on the body through the eyes?

In a pregnancy, the body is in an exceptional situation hormonal. The altered hormone levels also affects the associated metabolic processes, including the eyes may be affected. It is not uncommon for symptoms such as dryness and an impaired sense of comfort of contact lenses. These adverse effects are usually temporary and disappear again at the very latest after the end of lactation.
What are the causes for reduced wear comfort of contact lenses?

Water retention in the body causing swelling or edema, which may in the eyelids lead to an unpleasant feeling of heaviness. This gives the impression that the contact lenses move easily. A feeling of pressure when wearing contact lenses can also be caused by changes the composition and quantity of tear fluid. This may cause dryness of the eye and slight conjunctival irritation and thus trigger additional discomfort when wearing contact lenses.
Can eyesight worsen during pregnancy?

Fluid retention may also affect the cornea. This may be a higher light or glare and reduced contrast sensitivity have resulted. In addition, both the thickness and the curvature of the cornea temporarily change slightly. This can lead to a temporary deterioration of vision. Especially in the last trimester of pregnancy can alter the visual acuity on average between one-quarter to one half diopter.
Five Tips: What women can do yourself to alleviate the symptoms?

    Do not leave your contact lenses in the eye longer than necessary and replace them more often for a couple of hours against your glasses.
    Moisten the eyes regularly with rewetting drops to relieve the dryness. Note, however, that the drops are suitable for contact lens wearers.
    Let the optician checked the seat of contact lenses and adjust if necessary.
    Change in circumstances in consultation with the optician to a type of lens with extended wear time and increased oxygen permeability, and improved where appropriate, to foster-care funds. This increases the comfort of your lenses.
    In the delivery room is recommended for several reasons, dispense contact lenses to complete. In some cases exceeds the duration of the birth of the recommended wearing time of lenses. In addition, many women after childbirth are also too weak to remove the lenses or just forget it. Not least is the case of a rare complication that requires anesthesia, better to have no lenses in the eye.