Is LASIK Safe During Pregnancy?

Planning for your baby is a such an exciting time. There are the nursery theme and colors to decide on.

After that, there are baby name books to pour over, and the joy of so many beautiful milestones. Does anything compare to the feeling of that first kick inside of you?

When it comes to planning for your new bundle of joy, safety comes first! You may even start thinking about whether it’s a good time to get LASIK.

You may be considering that it could be safer to not wear glasses. Newborn babies can yank glasses right off your face and break them. Even wearing contacts around your baby could mean being poked in the eye. Glasses or contacts seem like an annoyance at best. But if you’re pregnant, can you get LASIK?

It’s All About Hormones

Though it may seem convenient, LASK is not recommended for pregnant women. If you are nursing, you are also not considered a good candidate for LASIK.

Pregnancy causes all sort of changes in your body. One of the biggest changes that you will experience is hormonal. These hormone changes affect every aspect of your body, including your eyes.

This means that your prescription may change while you are pregnant. It could take several months after your baby is born for your prescription to stabilize.

To be a good LASIK candidate, your prescription must be stable for a year before LASIK. If you’re planning to breastfeed, you’ll have to wait a few more months to get LASIK.

Why Can’t I Get LASIK While Breastfeeding?

You may think that your hormones have leveled out after you’ve given birth. However, if you are breastfeeding, it’s not safe for your baby if you get LASIK. When you get LASIK, you will have prescription eye drops.

These drops protect against infection and inflammation. If you are breastfeeding, the eye drops could enter the bloodstream and your breast milk. It’s not safe for babies to be exposed to the chemicals in these drops.

Get LASIK Later

For the best results, you should wait to get LASIK at SightMD for a few months after your baby is born. This will give your body enough time to heal. Your eyes will need some time to readjust and your hormones need time to regulate.

LASIK is a permanent elective procedure, but it shouldn’t be rushed. It’s frustrating to deal with a grabby baby who steals your glasses off your face or breaks them!

It’s only temporary until your body has gotten back to normal after pregnancy. If you still think that LASIK is the right decision a few months later, it’s time to schedule a consultation. Not everyone is a good candidate for LASIK, even after pregnancy. The only way to find out is to take the next step!

SightMD has performed thousands of successful LASIK procedures and we can help you! Want more information about LASIK? Schedule a consultation with one of our expert doctors! With 23 convenient locations, we’ll work around you and your baby’s schedule.

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