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Royal Baby In Our Sights

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The UK’s press are on standby this week as Royal Baby fever reaches its peak. The Duchess of Cambridge is expected to give birth this weekend at St. Mary’s Hospital in London.

With the country’s most anticipated arrival imminent, we take time to think about Kate and fellow expectant mothers on their journey through pregnancy and the affects it can have on their eye sight.

With so many changes taking place in a woman’s body during pregnancy, it’s not surprising to learn these changes can also affect their vision. Changes in hormone levels and blood circulation can lead to dry eyes, blurred or distorted vision, or spots and floaters. For those who wear glasses and contact lenses, these changes may be difficult to deal with on a day to day basis as it can make simple activities such as driving and using a computer difficult.

It is estimated that around 50% of women who are pregnant will be affected visually but most of these changes are natural symptoms of pregnancy therefore will only be temporary and should settle down after childbirth. If you are experiencing changes in your vision, especially during pregnancy, book an eye test and speak to your optometrist about your concerns.

Here are 5 facts about your newborn’s eyesight:

  1. Newborn babies don’t produce tears until they around one month old
  2. Newborns see best at about 20cm away, anything closer or further away will be blurry
  3. Babies blink less than adults, normally two times per minute compared to adults who blink up to 15 times a minute
  4. Babies’ eyes can change colour from birth as their body produces melanin
  5. By two months babies can focus on moving objects

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