Pregnancy brings so many changes, and the eyes are no exception. Dry eye-syndrome is a common problem that usually begins toward the end of the first trimester. It usually continues throughout the pregnancy and can also last during the initial few after the baby’s birth.
Hormonal changes during pregnancy, results in decline of male androgen hormone, causing dry eye. This further leads to a decline in the volume of tears, resulting in dryer eyes.
Dry eye-syndrome can be irritating but generally is harmless. You might experience:
- sticky eyelids in the morning
- blurred vision, which go when you blink
- red, sore eyes
- gritty feeling in your eyes that worsens as the day goes on
It might become difficult for you to wear your routine eye make-up as your eyes might be feeling sensitive and you would want to rub your eyes more often. Wearing contact lenses might also become difficult in this case.
Your eyes might also feel dry if you are dehydrated. This can happen if you have been vomiting due to morning sickness. Drink as much fluids as you can, to refill your body. Talk to your doctor if it is difficult for you to have food and fluids due to severe morning sickness. This might be a sign of hyperemesis gravidarum.
Here are some self- help tips:
- Don’t work on your computer for long, keep taking breaks.
- Have a more humid atmosphere at work and at home. Keep plants on your desk and keep them watered.
- Massage your eyelids gently with clean fingers. This will stimulate the tear production.
- Wear sunglasses in windy or dry conditions.
Check with your eye specialist about the best treatments as in some cases, over-the-counter products may not be suitable during pregnancy.
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