Do You Get Free Eye Tests When Pregnant?
During pregnancy, you may notice that your eyes are drier than usual as hormonal changes can affect the structure of the tear film. This can cause your eyes to feel gritty and you may find your contact lenses uncomfortable.Preservative free artificial tears can be used to help alleviate the discomfort.
If you aren’t sure which eye drops will work for you, simply pay a visit to your local Taylor-West & Co branch and your optician will advise you on the best drops for your eyes and condition.
High Blood Pressure / Pre-eclampsia
Your midwife will often warn you to look out for sudden blurring or loss of vision, which can be a sign of high blood pressure or pre-eclampsia which requires prompt treatment Occurring in only a small number of pregnant people, preeclampsia is recognised by high blood pressure and protein in your urine.
Symptoms may include:
- Severe headache
- Blurred or double vision
- Light sensitivity
- Flashing lights in vision
- Pain just below the ribs
- Swelling of the face, hands and/or feet.
If you recognise any of these symptoms it is important you seek medical advice immediately by calling your midwife, GP surgery, optometrist or NHS 111.
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