Can I Have LASIK If I'm Pregnant?
Hormonal changes women experience during and after pregnancy can have effects on the eyes that can make LASIK outcomes less predictable. These changes also can affect healing of the eye after LASIK surgery.
Also, during and after LASIK surgery, several prescription and non-prescription medications typically are used by LASIK patients, and some of these might pose risks to a developing baby.
For example, on the day of surgery patients often are given a mild oral sedative (such as Valium) to relieve anxiety. And for several days after surgery, patients are instructed to use antibiotic and steroidal eye drops multiple times daily to prevent infection and reduce inflammation.
The effects of these medications on pregnant women are not fully known, and they might have the potential to cause harm to a developing baby when they enter the mother's bloodstream.
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For these reasons, most refractive surgeons advise their female patients to avoid having LASIK surgery during pregnancy and to wait a few months after they are done nursing their infant to have a vision correction procedure performed.
It's worth noting that many women experience dry eyes during pregnancy, which can make contact lens wear uncomfortable and even dangerous. If you are pregnant or are attempting to become pregnant, make sure you have an updated eyeglass prescription and glasses you can wear if you begin to experience dryness-related contact lens discomfort.
Also, having an eye exam prior to your pregnancy will give your LASIK surgeon a good reference point to refer to when checking to see if your refractive error the amount of nearsightedness, farsightedness and/or astigmatism you have is stable at your LASIK pre-op exam.
[Page updated September 2016]