You should get an eye exam once a year, unless your ophthalmologist or optometrist has suggested something different. The risk of vision loss can be greatly reduced with regular checks. Remember, you may not be aware of changes to your vision and many problems can be treated when caught early.
If you notice any of the following changes to your vision, go see an eye doctor immediately:
- blurred vision
- flashes of light in the field of vision
- sudden loss of vision
- blotches or spots in vision
Diabetic retinopathy can worsen in pregnancy, so if you have diabetes you should have a diabetic eye exam before getting pregnant and while pregnant.