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Can pregnant women have laser dioptre removal?

Can pregnant women have laser dioptre removal?
Optimal planning of laser dioptre removal with women planning for pregnancy would be 2-3 months before pregnancy, or after stabilization of the menstrual cycle after birth.
During pregnancy, a woman's body undergoes many hormone-conditioned changes to enable undisturbed growth and development of a child. All organs are affected by these changes, and so are the eyes. During pregnancy due to hormone-dependent changes, there is an increased fluid retention in the body, which in a small percentage of women can lead to a mild corneal bloating, (front translucent part of the eye) mild increase in thickness and changes in corneal curvature. Also, the fluid can also accumulate in the lens (which normally is behind the pupil). The bloating of mentioned eye structure leads to changes in the dioptre and may result in mild short-sightedness or worsening of the existing dioptre. There were also changes in the amount of astigmatism (cylinders) recorded, and farsightedness is exceptionally rare occurrence. Hormone changes also lead to changes in lachrymal film, which manifest as a feeling of dryness, more frequent redness and eye tingle, and inability to wear contact lenses. Since changes are hormone-dependent, most women experience normalization after birth and breastfeeding.

Pregnancy may also have an effect on the already existing ocular disease such as diabetic retinopathy and  glaucoma as the most common ocular illness that may worsen during pregnancy. It is also important to mention the occurrence of preeclampsia / eclampsia as a disease specifically related to pregnancy, which may cause changes in the blood vessels of the eye due to elevated blood pressure and lead to ischemic changes due to insufficient supply of oxygen and nutrients, including bleeding on the visual background. 

Laser dioptre removal operations are elective (interventions that can wait to be done) and it is advisable not to perform them during pregnancy and breastfeeding when only operative interventions that are necessary to preserve the health and life of a mother and child are performed. 

Optimal planning of laser dioptre removal with women planning for pregnancy would be 2-3 months before pregnancy, or after stabilization of the menstrual cycle after birth. If you have any questions regarding laser dioptre removal during pregnancy, our professional team is at your disposal for consultation at our clinic. 

Dr. Maja Bohač, Head of the Department of Refractive Surgery