Why is Laser Eye Surgery unsuitable for pregnant women?

01 Dec 2013

Laser Eye Surgery in the last decade has advanced hugely in terms of technique as a result of advances in science and technology, which have stood to benefit Optilase patients by making the procedure safer, more affordable and minimally invasive.


While there are a number of considerations that might preclude a person from the possibility of Laser Eye Surgery at Optilase Northern Ireland, there are often queries as to why the procedure cannot be performed during pregnancy.


While Laser Eye Surgery focuses solely on the eyes, the amount of correction administered during the procedure must reflect a person’s exact refractive error.


For example, if you wear -3.00D glasses, the laser will be programmed to reshape the surface of the cornea to bring the reading as close to 0 as possible so that 20/20 vision is restored.

Vision changes during pregnancy

During pregnancy, a woman’s body undergoes significant changes and fluctuating levels of hormones and the possibility of some fluid retention can affect vision.


This will affect any measurements taken during the initial consultation for Laser Eye Surgery and as a result the procedure would be performed based on an incorrect vision prescription, which could lead to an over/under correction.


Furthermore, pregnant women can sometimes suffer from dry eyes and Laser Eye Surgery would exacerbate the condition and cause complications.

When can I undergo Laser Eye Surgery after pregnancy?

Suitability for Laser Eye Surgery after pregnancy can vary from patient to patient, as it is vital that your refractive error has stabilized and any measurements taken accurately reflect your normal state of refraction.


Usually it is advisable to wait six months after pregnancy before undergoing Laser Eye Surgery and for women who are breastfeeding, it is recommended that the procedure is only performed once breastfeeding has ceased.


To find out if you are suitable for Laser Eye Surgery, schedule your free consultation by calling 08000 121 565 or use the online booking form at www.optilase.co.uk/book-your-free-consultation/

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