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Macular edema in pregnancy - anyone?

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glitterjo Tue 14-Sep-10 20:35:12


I'm 26w+6 pregnant with my first. Have had terribly blurred vision in my right eye plus flashing lights in the other for a week now; cue trips to hospital/visits from community midwife monitoring BP etc. It was quite high but didn't really stay that way and yesterday was totally normal. Bit of protein in my urine but not much. Went to the optician this afternoon for an eye test to see if that showed anything up, and it did. I have macular edema (so basically fluid retention in my eye). I've now been referred to the eye department at the hospital so hopefully that won't take too long...but I'm feeling pretty scared.

I can only look at the computer for a few minutes at a time, my head starts to hurt and I feel very sick. I've been signed off work and although I know I can't work like this I'm feeling really upset about it. I love my job and work in a very small office - they're being really great about it but it's an awful feeling when you know how much of a struggle it's going to be for those who have to pick up the slack. I'm really scared I'm not going to get back to work before I have the baby. And I'm really scared I'm not going to be able to see properly ever again!

Has anyone else had this? I don't think it's a particularly common pregnancy complaint but from a little Googling it doesn't seem totally unknown.

lj1000 Sun 20-Dec-15 13:30:34

I have exactly the same thing. This baby was completely unplanned and I'm diabetic. My left eye is extremely blurry and the right eye is far from perfect. I went to the opticians and they said I had an edema and refered me to an eye specialist that could have taken 3 weeks instead I called the eye department in the hospital and got an apointment the following day. I'm petrified that my sight will get worse and I will have to leave university. I'm off work but that doesn't bother me as much. They found a bleed in the back of my eye so now I have to go and have lazer surgery on Tuesday to correct this other wise it would get considerably worse. They said I should find some improvements to my vision after this also. I'm only 18 weeks so still a long time to go. I was just wondering what happened with you leading up to labour and did it correct itself after labour?

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