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Is it common to have problems wearing contact lenses when you are pregnant? Why is that?

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Hormonal changes during pregnancy sometimes can affect a woman's vision, as can dry eyes and water retention. Some pregnant women may experience dry eyes, blurred or distorted vision, or even hemorrhages in the eye. These changes are what can cause problems with contact lenses. A mother-to-be experiencing any of these changes should contact her obstetrician and optometrist or ophthalmologist. The doctor may recommend a change in prescription (a temporary switch to disposable lenses for the rest of the pregnancy may help save the patient money), limit the number of hours the lenses should be worn, or advise her to stop wearing the lenses until after delivery. These vision problems often go away soon after delivery.

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