Why Can’t I Get LASIK While Breastfeeding?

Pregnant Woman

With a new baby, adjusting can be tough. Being a first-time mom is a beautiful thing, but it’s not without its struggles. It can be especially difficult for new mothers who wear glasses or contacts.

Where did you put your glasses when you went to catch a few hours of sleep before being back up? Or how long have your contacts been in your eyes when you nodded off while breastfeeding?

This would seem like the ideal time to get LASIK and make your life easier, right? It would be one less thing to worry about and make those midnight feedings a little simpler.

You knew that you couldn’t have LASIK while you were pregnant. Now that you’ve had your baby, why can’t you have LASIK now? If you’re breastfeeding, keep reading to learn why you can’t get LASIK!

The Basics on LASIK

LASIK stands for Laser-Assisted in Situ Keratomileusis. The procedure reshapes the cornea to properly refract light and correct vision.

LASIK takes about 15 minutes per eye to complete and then you’re on your way home. Side effects are usually minimal -as well as temporary – and most patients are back at work within a day or two

LASIK surgery has been FDA approved since the 1990s. Since then, millions of people have undergone LASIK and achieved clear vision.

LASIK is safe and has a low risk of side effects and complications. It has proven itself over and over again as a reliable method to correct refractive errors.g

But LASIK is not for everyone, including those who are breastfeeding. To be a good LASIK candidate, you have to pass a series of vigorous and extensive tests.

LASIK Candidacy Requirements

LASIK is not approved for pregnant women or women who are breastfeeding. Other LASIK candidacy requirements for patients include:

  • Patients must be over the age of 18
  • The patient has had a stable prescription for at least one year before undergoing LASIK
  • You must have thick enough corneas, which are tested during a LASIK consultation
  • You must be in good health and not suffer from any autoimmune disorders that make it harder to recover
  • You do not have dry eye, or if you have dry eye, it is under control

Breastfeeding and LASIK

But what, exactly, does breastfeeding have to do with getting LASIK? It’s all in the hormones.
One candidacy factor is having a stable prescription for a year before LASIK. When you’re pregnant, hormones can temporarily change your prescription.

Even after giving birth, it can take months before your vision stops fluctuating. It’s fluctuating vision that makes getting LASIK while breastfeeding a bad idea.

LASIK surgeons recommend waiting at least a year after giving birth before LASIK. Even if you do not experience vision changes, the chance that you could is enough to wait. Another reason to not get LASIK while breastfeeding is for your baby’s health.

When you get LASIK, you’ll need antibiotic and anti-inflammatory eye drops. If you take these drops while breastfeeding, it’s likely you’ll pass on any chemicals to your baby. When it comes to LASIK and breastfeeding, you’re always better off waiting!

Finished having children and want LASIK? Schedule your LASIK consultation at SightMD in Long Island today!

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