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Could preeclampsia make my vision blurry?

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If you’re pregnant, blurry vision could be a sign of preeclampsia, a dangerous condition marked by very high blood pressure and protein in your urine. Preeclampsia occurs in women who have never had high blood pressure before and generally occurs late in pregnancy, generally after 20 weeks. It can have serious, life-threatening effects on you and your baby. Preeclampsia may not cause any symptoms, but blurry vision and other sight changes such as seeing flashing lights or spots could be clues that you have it. Be sure to contact your doctor if you notice these as well as other possible signs:

  • Anxiety, shortness of breath, a racing heart, or confusion
  • Nausea or vomiting that suddenly starts after the first trimester
  • Pain in your belly, shoulder, or lower back
  • Sudden weight gain
  • Swelling, especially in your face, around your eyes, or in your hands
  • Throbbing headaches that don’t go away

From: Why Is My Vision Blurry? WebMD Medical Reference

SOURCES:

American Optometric Association: “Adult Vision: 41 to 60 Years of Age.”

National Eye Institute: “Facts About Diabetic Eye Disease,” “Facts About Uveitis.”

National Institute of Arthritis and Musculoskeletal and Skin Diseases: “Psoriasis.”

American Migraine Foundation: “Visual Aura: What it Is and Isn’t.”

American Cancer Society: “Brain and Spinal Cord Tumors in Adults.”

Multiple Sclerosis Association of America: “Visual Problems,” “MS Overview,” “What are the Symptoms of MS?”

Parkinson’s Disease Foundation: “Vision Changes,” “What is Parkinson’s Disease?”

Preeclampsia Foundation: “About Preeclampsia,” “Signs & Symptoms.”

Cleveland Clinic: “Treatment Guide: Stroke Care Cerebrovascular Center.”

American Stroke Association: “Spot a Stroke.”

Reviewed by Alan Kozarsky on January 21, 2018

SOURCES:

American Optometric Association: “Adult Vision: 41 to 60 Years of Age.”

National Eye Institute: “Facts About Diabetic Eye Disease,” “Facts About Uveitis.”

National Institute of Arthritis and Musculoskeletal and Skin Diseases: “Psoriasis.”

American Migraine Foundation: “Visual Aura: What it Is and Isn’t.”

American Cancer Society: “Brain and Spinal Cord Tumors in Adults.”

Multiple Sclerosis Association of America: “Visual Problems,” “MS Overview,” “What are the Symptoms of MS?”

Parkinson’s Disease Foundation: “Vision Changes,” “What is Parkinson’s Disease?”

Preeclampsia Foundation: “About Preeclampsia,” “Signs & Symptoms.”

Cleveland Clinic: “Treatment Guide: Stroke Care Cerebrovascular Center.”

American Stroke Association: “Spot a Stroke.”

Reviewed by Alan Kozarsky on January 21, 2018

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