Retinal detachment or tearing of the retina of the eye during childbirth can occur in women with health conditions that have abnormalities in the eye, especially nearsightedness ranging from minus 4-7 while for women who are minus 7 it is rare to find retinal detachment. Women with a family history of retinal tears are twice as likely to experience it. In addition, mothers who are about to give birth who have had a torn retina before delivery are more likely to experience it during labor. You don’t need to worry too much because this risk only occurs in types of eyes that have abnormalities such as oozing eyeball, cataracts and retinal disorders. Furthermore, the highest risk is women who have trauma and hard impact to the eye, have pressure inside the eyeball and also make frequent straining when having difficulty defecating.
Patients with health problems in the retina of the eye often do not realize that they even think that their health condition is good. To find out the symptoms that may occur is to always look for signs that might increase the risk of this eye disorder. The symptom that may occur in a torn, peeled or loose retina is an increase in small floating objects, which can be organelles or cell parts or tissue fragments. Your view will be disturbed by the appearance of a glimpse of light in the room. Then you will experience blurred vision. Finally, under certain conditions, people often experience blindness in the sight of one eye. This symptom can indeed be felt before pregnancy or during pregnancy. The most important thing is early treatment so as not to experience retinal detachment because retinal detachment may occur half or completely so that you are at risk for blindness.
As for those of you who are at high risk of experiencing a detached retina during childbirth, you should take precautions and control as follows:
- Try to get rid of the habit of pushing when you have a bowel movement, so it is advisable to consume lots of fiber from fruits and vegetables.
- Avoid lifting objects or objects that make you push.
- Before labor, you should discuss with your ophthalmologist and obstetrician so that you can choose a safe way of delivery for your eye problems.
- If the thinning of the eye before delivery, you can reattach using a leser long before delivery.
- Consider the labor you choose if you experience hollows, thinning and also flattening, then you should try to use a caesarean section.
- If there is a retinal detachment at the time of delivery it should be reattached immediately.
- If your health condition allows for natural delivery with vacuum assistance so that the pressure on pregnant women is less than in other normal deliveries.