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Hormones affect your vision

It’s not your imagination

The come-and-go nature of vision fluctuations during pregnancy, perimenopause or menopause can have you wondering what’s going on. Estrogen and progesterone levels are at the root, as shifting levels of these hormones impact your eyes.

When estrogen and progesterone levels fluctuate due to birth control or pregnancy, it can create eye dryness and irritation. The fluid retention that makes for bloated, puffy feet during pregnancy is the same mechanism behind blurry vision experienced during pregnancy and while breastfeeding.

In perimenopause the slow decline of estrogen begins, but the lack of it can contribute to eye dryness. As estrogen reaches low points in menopause, the corneas can stiffen which changes the way light is perceived by the eye. It’s also a point where some patients find their contact lenses are not as comfortable as they once were. Trying out different brands or types can help.

It’s tempting as moms to put your kids first and skip out on your own health, but don’t skip out on your own eye exams! Protect your vision so you can see your children grow and flourish.


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