Pregnant? Schedule an eye exam.

302504b7-2647-11df-b61e-0017a4aa266a 0e6d33e5-2649-11df-9d36-0017a4aa266a EyesPregnant women with pre-existing diabetes (not gestational diabetes) should have a dilated-eye examination during the first trimester of pregnancy to screen for blood vessel problems.

Additional eye exams may be indicated depending on your medical history and the outcome of the initial exam. The ADA also recommends a preconception eye examination, if possible.

Reviewed by Francine Kaufman, MD. 4/08

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Last Modified Date: November 27, 2012

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by Nicole Purcell
I have a friend, M, who has diabetes and never, ever tests her bloodsugar before she gets behind the wheel. This has always worried me about her. On Wednesday, she had a bad accident after passing out behind the wheel. She hit another car head on. I thank the universe that no one was killed, but she and the driver of the other vehicle were both badly injured. She's got a long healing road ahead of her, as does the woman she hit. I was talking about the...