Let’s Talk About Pregnancy, Childbirth & LASIK Surgery


With the phenomenal growth and popularity of LASIK surgery, and its innovative technology for improving our vision, it’s no wonder that everyone who experiences vision problems wants to have the procedure done to rid themselves of wearing corrective lens and contacts. Therefore, pregnant, nursing, and new Moms are no exception; many of them desire the procedure as well. As wonderful as LASIK is, it’s not for everyone, especially for people with certain health conditions.

New Moms can eventually have LASIK surgery; however, just not right away. In order for LASIK to be successful for mothers, it isn’t recommended that women who are pregnant, nursing, or have recently given birth, undergo surgery until 3-6 months after delivery, or 3-6 months after nursing babies have been weaned. Here’s why…

Eye Pressure

During pregnancy, and several months after childbirth, a woman’s body experiences several changes. One in particular is corneal pressure; which is increased water retention in the eyes. These changes in eye pressure can certainly affect a woman’s vision; however, each change is different for each Mom. For example, one may need to wear glasses during her entire pregnancy, and then not need them after childbirth. Yet, for another, it may be vice-versa, where she only needs glasses after childbirth. Since women don’t know how eye pressure will affect their vision, LASIK is only recommended after a true vision prescription can be determined.

Hormonal Changes

Breastfeeding and pregnant Moms often experience long-term hormonal changes that have a direct effect on vision. The hormones released from a woman’s body while she is breastfeeding can change the curve of the cornea. And for Moms who take hormonal prescriptions, certain side effects could cause fluctuations in vision. If a Mom waits for surgery, she reduces the chance of having another corrective surgery and having her prescription readjusted. Moreover, she allows time for hormone levels to stabilize.

Medications Passing To Babies

Another issue is the developing dry eyes or infections, which are possible complications of LASIK surgery. If Moms need to use antibiotics, pain-killers, or other medications prior to and after surgery, there is always the risk of exposing babies to those medications.

Ultimately, pregnant or new Moms choosing to have LASIK surgery could result in “under” or “over” correction in vision, and exposure of medications to their babies. Read more about LASIK

The Three Main Eye Specialists

There are three major types of eye specialists. You can set up appointments with these professionals when it’s time for a routine vision test, if you need to purchase new eyeglasses, or to obtain certain treatments or surgeries if there are problems with your vision. Each type of eye specialist has different training or education, and job responsibilities. The appropriate office to visit will vary depending on your specific needs.

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Can Astronauts & Pilots Get LASIK Surgery


Ever wonder if an astronaut or pilot can have LASIK surgery? In order to become an astronaut or a pilot, a person must be able to pass the strict requirements of the job. Among them is excellent eyesight, which is necessary for various sensitive tasks. There is little room for error on space missions and airplane cockpits. Millions of dollars’ worth of equipment and cargo rests on the hands of the person in control. Lives depend on accurate vision.

Better Vision for Applicants

Those with perfect vision are lucky, as they don’t have to worry about this requirement. They can breeze through the eye tests with their 20/20 perception. Others are not so lucky, and may be denied entry despite being excellent in all areas of study. In the past, these people had to give up on their dream and seek out different opportunities. Fortunately, the same fate does not need to befall the current crop of applicants. It’s now easier to improve visual acuity through methods like LASIK surgery.

Officially Approved

In 2007, NASA approved the use of LASIK surgery for both existing astronauts, and those who wish to become one. This landmark move made it possible for otherwise qualified candidates to take care of the single roadblock to their acceptance to the space program. As for pilots and hopefuls, the official stance of the governing body FAA is the same. Anyone can get this form of eye surgery to correct vision.

Know the Risks

These decisions were made after careful study of the data on LASIK surgery. Studies have shown that the success rate is high at over 90% while the complication rate is low at less than 1%. In some instances, additional corrective mechanisms were needed after the procedure, but most were able to enjoy better vision within a remarkably short period. Just be certain to consult a reputable professional to assess suitability for refractive surgery.

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