Can I Have LASIK if I’m Pregnant?

shutterstock_111643082LASIK is not recommended for women when they’re pregnant. While the procedure may not harm the baby, hormonal changes can cause a slight shift in eyesight prescription and can also affect the healing process. Though any changes in sight are typically a temporary problem, our doctors recommend waiting until after breastfeeding to undergo LASIK eye surgery. This is because potential changes may cause the outcome of LASIK to be less predictable, and once women are done nursing, they typically have a more stable prescription that can effectively be corrected.

In addition, medications taken after LASIK, such as antibiotics and steroid eye drops, have not been tested on pregnant women. As a safety precaution, it is best to avoid these prescription and non-prescription medications, as they can enter the mother’s bloodstream and cause possible damage to the developing baby.

To learn if you are a candidate for LASIK, please contact us to set up an appointment with one of our experienced eye surgeons.

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