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#1 Koobie83

Posted 29 November 2012 - 09:33 AM

Hi waves.gif
I have another question. Sorry! I ask so many questions I must be annoying. In the last 2 days I've noticed my vision changing. Since becoming pregnant I've noticed I haven't needed to wear my glasses. I have long vision and have been this way since I was 8. Now in the last 2 days it's almost as though I've become short sighted. I feel tired, I don't know if this is part of it and my glasses are too strong for my eye sight now.

Of course, I was googling and found pre-eclampsia and Gestational Diabetes can cause vision disturbances. What makes me scared is that I've taken my blood pressure a couple of times and it's been like 124/60 or so and it's usually been around 110/60 the whole time. My husband owns a machine and I don't think I've ever seen my blood pressure up around there ever. I know this is still normal and they look at the lower reading to really diagnose PE, but it just seems odd. I took my blood pressure again after that and it came down again.

Could it be stress? I have been really anxious about my vision and every other little thing that's happened this pregnancy. I think my bleed at 14 weeks has made me ultra paranoid and has convinced me that something is going to go wrong. I've hardly had a chance to really 'enjoy' the pregnancy and get comforable and happy knowing I'm finally having a baby.

What do you think? Should I see the GP again? (She must be getting sick of me too!)

#2 EBeditor

Posted 29 November 2012 - 09:37 AM

I'd strongly suggest making an appointment with your GP asap. As I'm sure you know gestational diabetes and high blood pressure are both very serious in pregnancy. Of course it could be unrelated but it doesn't hurt to get checked out.

#3 Bluenomi

Posted 29 November 2012 - 09:45 AM

It can be casued by pre-eclampsia but that is usually later in the pregnancy. A friend had her vision damaged but it was around 36 weeks (she didn't realise at the time, she wears glasses and didn't have them on so didn't notice the difference)

It is also normal for your eyes to change a bit for various reasons. I know you shouldn't get new glasses while pregnant since your prescription can change.

But yes get yourself checked out so you know if it is a serious problem or just a minor pregnancy symptom.

Edited by Bluenomi, 29 November 2012 - 09:45 AM.


#4 rosiebird

Posted 29 November 2012 - 09:47 AM

If your blood pressure was normal on the 2nd reading, it is normal. 1st readings are often falsely elevated. Pregnancy can cause visual acuity changes independent of diabetes and preeclampsia (this is normal!) For diabetes to cause acute blurred vision, the blood sugar level must be so high that there is osmotic swelling of the lens - it would be an unusual presentation of gestational diabetes AND it wouldn't be corrected by taking off your glasses.

Please see your GP if you're worried.



#5 Koobie83

Posted 29 November 2012 - 10:44 AM

Thank you all for your advice. I am planning on speaking to my GP today for some other blood test results and will ask her opinion about it.

#6 CountryBumpkin

Posted 29 November 2012 - 10:50 AM

I have had the blurry eyes and some funny headaches, my BP elevated but I think I was stressed out (140/97). I've never ever had reading like that before! Your vision can change with pregnancy, but definitely ask your GP about it. I wouldn't be too worried though original.gif

#7 preetianm

Posted 29 November 2012 - 11:27 PM

Changes in vision are normal for many women during pregnancy. You might  not see as well, or your contact lenses might feel less comfortable.  Luckily, these changes are temporary and your vision should go back to  normal after delivery. Remember, however, that some serious vision  problems can be a sign of gestational diabetes or high blood pressure, so be sure to mention any vision changes to your practitioner.

#8 Koobie83

Posted 30 November 2012 - 09:39 AM

Update - my eyes are honestly better than they were. I think I've been getting eye strain and have probably got a little bit worse than they were and I'm noticing it more because I hadn't been needing my glasses for such a long time.

I was noticing that it was worse when I was at work and I'd hardly notice it at all at home. Plus my blood pressure has been much better lately. I think I was stressed out. But I will definitely talk to my doctor about it when I see her next. I really don't want PE or GD - my Hashimotos is enough to deal with as it is.
Thank you for all your advice!




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