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Dry Eyes During Pregnancy?

Can I safely treat my dry eyes while I’m pregnant?
ByMichael P. Nageotte, MD
OB-GYN
Updated
March 2, 2017
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Yes. Whether you had dry eyes before you got pregnant, or you’re noticing them now, it’s okay to use eyedrops formulated for dry eye while you’re expecting. Just be sure to run any prescription drops by your doc before using them.

“There’s no specific known reason for drier eyes in pregnancy,” says Michael P. Nageotte, MD, medical director of the MemorialCare Center for Women at Long Beach Memorial Medical Center and Miller Children’s Hospital Long Beach, but that doesn’t mean that dry eyes aren’t annoying. Go ahead and treat them as usual. “There is absolutely no risk with topical drops to patients who have symptomatic dryness of their eyes,” Dr. Nageotte says.

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