Hormone changes that occur during pregnancy can cause blurry vision. Having blurry vision can be worrisome, but it’s rarely permanent. Most people’s vision returns to normal in the weeks following delivery. But it’s important to see your healthcare provider to determine whether blurriness may be due to gestational diabetes or preeclampsia.
Blurry vision during pregnancy is a temporary change in the quality of your eyesight. It occurs due to the effects of hormone changes on your eyes. Unexpected changes to your vision can be worrisome. But blurry vision is rarely a sign of a permanent eye issue.
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With blurry vision, objects may not appear as sharp as usual. Instead, they appear hazy, like trying to look through fog. Some pregnant people also experience red, irritated eyes.
Blurred vision may occur:
Because hormone changes start in the early weeks of pregnancy, some people notice vision issues early on. But blurry vision can occur at any point during pregnancy.
Most people with blurry vision during pregnancy regain their normal eyesight in the weeks following delivery.
Hormones that support your growing baby cause fluid retention. This extra fluid changes your eyes in ways that may result in blurry vision.
Blurry vision can be a sign of:
Both conditions can put you and your baby at risk for complications. Gestational diabetes and preeclampsia can also affect your vision and, in severe cases, cause blindness. If you have or are at risk for these conditions, it’s important to pay attention to your vision changes.
Contact an eye doctor (optometrist) if you experience:
Blurred vision may be a symptom of a condition affecting your eyes that can worsen during pregnancy.
These conditions include:
Few treatments are available for blurry vision during pregnancy. For red, irritated eyes, lubricating drops can bring relief. In most cases, it’s best to wait for your eyesight to improve after giving birth.
You can take steps to reduce eye strain and protect your vision by:
Preeclampsia requires specialized care to protect your health, your unborn baby’s health and your eyesight.
Treatment may include:
Your healthcare provider may recommend inducing labor to deliver your baby if the preeclampsia is severe.
In addition to taking good care of your eyes, you can manage blood sugar levels by:
Your provider might prescribe insulin (as injections) for optimal blood sugar management.
On rare occasions, vision remains blurry after pregnancy. For some people, it can take longer than expected — up to nine months — to reverse the effects of pregnancy hormones.
If it’s been longer than nine months or blurry vision affects your daily activities, visit an optometrist. You may need a new corrective lens prescription.
Contact your healthcare provider as soon as you notice changes in your vision. You may feel as if you can manage blurry vision on your own. But it’s essential to know whether it’s a sign of preeclampsia, gestational diabetes or some other medical condition.
A note from Cleveland Clinic
Blurry vision during pregnancy is common, and there may not be much you can do about it. In most people, normal vision returns a few weeks after delivery. Blurry vision can also signify pregnancy complications that can affect your health or that of your unborn baby. It’s important to seek care for any unexpected changes to your vision during pregnancy. Doing so can help protect your long-term eye health.
Last reviewed by a Cleveland Clinic medical professional on 05/26/2022.
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