Dry Eyes During Pregnancy: What You Can Do?

dry eyes in pregnancy

What is dry eyes during pregnancy?

A drop in the male hormone, androgen is considered instrumental to your experiencing the ‘dry eye syndrome’ in your second semester. The hormone has changed the amount of tears or type of tears produced which has made the eyes not moist enough.

You may experience - Red eyes, a coarse feeling in the eye which worsens as the day proceeds, sticky eyelids when you wake up and/or Watery eyes on windy days.

If you experience severe symptoms like – severe redness, severe pain and sensitivity to light or deterioration in your vision consult your doctor immediately. This could be because of damage to the transparent layer covering the front of the eyes. Untreated this could lead to permanent damage of the eyes.

Here is what you could do about the dry eyes:

Remedies for dry eyes in pregnancy:

  • Take a lot of breaks from watching a computer screen over a long period of time.
  • Use a humidifier if required to maintain a humid environment. You could also try leaving the doors and windows open.
  • Massage your eyes by rolling your forefinger on the area.
  • Wash your eyes to keep them clean. You could use warm water and cotton buds to gently encourage mucus to be pushed out of the glands in the eyes.
  • In case of extremely windy, hot and dry conditions wear sunglasses, preferably wraparound ones.
  • Avoid smoky environments as smoke could aggravate the dryness in the eyes.

Over-the-counter eye drops and ointments should be used only after consultation with a doctor as they may not be suited for pregnancy.