Are there any special considerations for pregnant women and getting lasik surgery?

Some eye doctors may consider LASIK surgery during pregnancy. Both options are certainly safe and effective. However, we believe that LASIK before pregnancy is the best option simply because of the convenience factor. According to the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists, pregnant women should not have elective surgery.

In fact, extra precautions are taken when a pregnant woman undergoes any surgery needed to reduce the risk to the fetus of premature birth or the formation of blood clots that are dangerous to the mother. In addition, any medication prescribed during or after surgery can reach the fetus through the placenta, which can be harmful. We use specific medications before, during, and after LASIK surgery to ensure the best possible results from your procedure. It is recommended that a woman wait several months after giving birth to undergo elective surgery, such as LASIK surgery.

If you're looking for a LASIK specialist on Long Island, the eye doctors at Stahl Eyecare Experts want to offer you a great opportunity in laser eye surgery. However, it is suggested that you wait 2 to 6 months after LASIK surgery to become pregnant, if possible. For these reasons, most refractive surgeons recommend that their female patients avoid having LASIK surgery during pregnancy and that they wait a few months after they have finished breastfeeding their baby for a vision correction procedure. In addition, during and after LASIK surgery, LASIK patients often use several prescription and non-prescription medications, and some of them may pose risks to the developing baby.

LASIK surgery can be done soon after pregnancy, as soon as your vision stabilizes and you return to your pre-pregnancy prescription. Athletes rely heavily on their visual acuity to perform and need clear vision at all times, without refocusing, delaying, or limiting their peripheral vision, which are just two of the reasons why athletes undergo LASIK eye surgery.

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