There are two types of women: those who love being pregnant and those who loathe it. Although pregnancy is an exciting time in your life, it can also cause things like morning sickness, heartburn, excessive back pain, and more— leaving you feeling like the delivery day couldn’t come any sooner. Pregnancy hormones can impact virtually every part of your body all the way from the top of your head to the bottom of your feet. As one of the things that pregnancy causes, dry eye can leave you feeling irritated and annoyed. So what is dry eye and how can Dr. David Aizuss treat it? Read on to learn more.
What Is Chronic Dry Eye?
Chronic dry eye is caused by a variety of different factors including medications, contact use, the environment, etc. However, if you are pregnant and suffering from chronic dry eye, it is due to hormones. By affecting the production of lipids and oils that naturally lubricate your eyes, dry eye can make your eyes feel dry, itchy, a bit painful, and just overall more irritated.
Will It Go Away After Pregnancy?
Unfortunately, immediately after you deliver, not all of your pregnancy based conditions will go away. And depending on things such as whether you plan on breastfeeding or not (something that increases your hormones) your dry eye may go away quickly after delivery, or it may hang on for a little longer.
How Can I Treat It During Pregnancy?
Because you don’t want to add any toxins into your body while you are nursing or pregnant, not all treatment options will be available to you. However, there are some over-the-counter and even prescription strength eye drops that can help keep your eyes lubricated. Additionally, we encourage our pregnant patients to apply a heat compress over their eyes to help loosen up any oils in their tear ducts.
Chronic dry eye in pregnancy is another not so fun thing that you can add to your list. Luckily, Dr. David Aizuss can help reduce your symptoms and make you see more comfortably. To learn more about dry eye during pregnancy or to schedule an appointment, contact Dr. David Aizuss today!