LASIK and Pregnancy: Protecting You and Your Child's Best Interests
In recent years, LASIK has soared in popularity, becoming the preferred method to correct many patients' vision. Dr. Andrew Holzman can perform a LASIK procedure that allows you to see clearly without the assistance of cumbersome eyewear or corrective lenses. Some patients are interested in enjoying clearer vision and a more convenient lifestyle as soon as possible, and wonder if they are candidates while they are pregnant or breastfeeding. Dr. Holzman can meet with you to discuss LASIK and pregnancy during a consultation at one of our offices, serving the greater Washington, D.C. area. To learn more, feel free to reach out to our practice and schedule your appointment today.
LASIK is type of refractive surgery, which involves reshaping the cornea, or the clear portion at the front of the eye. By modifying this tissue, light can pass through the cornea and focus more precisely on the retina, or the light-sensitive tissue at the back of the eyes that allows us to see images clearly.
Pregnancy and its Effect on Your Vision
Because LASIK has a proven record of providing outstanding vision with little to no side-effects, many people have turned to this treatment to enhance their careers, hobbies, and overall quality of life. Pregnant women are often interested in LASIK too, although most patients are advised to wait until after pregnancy and breastfeeding for two important reasons.
First, a pregnant woman undergoes a number of physical and hormonal changes, which can cause adjustments in her vision. LASIK is advised only for patients with stable vision – pregnant or not. Stable vision helps to ensure that your LASIK results will not be compromised by future changes to your vision. This allows patients to enjoy long-term satisfaction with the results of their procedure.
Secondly, eye drops and other medications are administered as part of the LASIK procedure and recovery. Although these therapies are perfectly safe for adults, they should be avoided to protect a developing fetus that may be more sensitive.
LASIK and Breastfeeding
For similar reasons, LASIK is not recommended for women who are breastfeeding. In the months following childbirth (especially during breastfeeding), a woman will continue to experience hormonal changes that can affect her vision. The best way to enjoy optimal, long-lasting LASIK results is by seeking treatment after your hormonal changes and vision have stabilized. Additionally, the medications that are administered as part of the LASIK process will enter the woman’s body, including her breast milk. To prevent any potential health-related issues to your child, we recommend that women wait until nursing is complete to undergo LASIK.
When Can I Undergo LASIK?
In general, LASIK surgeons recommend that women wait at least two menstrual cycles after they give birth or stop breastfeeding before considering LASIK surgery. At this time, hormones will have largely returned to normal levels and a woman's eyesight should have returned to its pre-pregnancy prescription.
Contact Us Today to Learn More
To find out more about LASIK surgery, and your vision correction options while pregnant, please contact us today.
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