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  • Janine Janine's Avatar 09-27-06 | 02:15 PM
  • I have no idea where this question really fits on the boards, but anyway:

    My contact prescription is up and I need more contacts. But I have insurance now which will cover a significant amount of lasik surgery which I have been wanting to have done forever. But I seem to recall being told that eye sight will change during pregnancy, and since I am actively TTC and trying to stay positive, I wondered if I am sucessful this month (I won't know for another 7-10 days) if that would prevent me from being able to have it done.
    I guess I basically don't want to start the process, take off time for the evaluation and all if I am not goign to be able to follow through.
    Any eye doctors out there? Or at least someone who knows anything about pregnancy and precriptions?
  • skyqueen skyqueen's Avatar 09-29-06 | 07:54 PM
  • yes - your eye prescription can and oftentimes does change with pregnancy.

    You could technically have the surgery done and have great results if you had your eyes mapped out now before you are pregnant and the eyes swell. Then, even if you do have the surgery , the changes will only be changed to reflect your prior mapping.

    Also, Lasik is safe to have done when pregnant .. that I am aware of.. except for the fact that they give you valum when you have the surgery done and they give you prescriptions for some pretty heavyduty pain medications for afterwords. I didn't use the pain medications, but the valum us pretty mandatory. I don't know if that is safe to take while pg or not. (my guess is not in the first trimester at least)

    if you're not pg this month, I would take a month off from TTC and go and have the surgery done.. then get back to
    for that baby.

    I had the surgery done many years ago and have since had/convinced about a dozen of my friends to have it done too (Including my dh)
  • Janine Janine's Avatar 09-29-06 | 10:09 PM
  • Thanks!
  • Susan Susan's Avatar 09-30-06 | 12:47 PM
  • good luck with whatever you decide
  • AmyM AmyM's Avatar 10-01-06 | 06:12 PM
  • They don't always give you valium. I had my lasik done in July. I got no drugs other than eye drops. There wasn't much pain and they told me just to go home and take Tylenol PM and go to sleep for a few hours. By the next morning I felt perfectly fine. Many lasik places no longer give any drugs of any kind (other than the eye drops.)

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