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Old 19.01.2017, 14:34
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Careful when you sneeze

Earlier this week, I had a vigorous sneeze at home and went off to the grocery store. Walking down the aisle, I saw a wispy black thing, almost like an eyebrow in my field of vision. It was creepy, but didn't hurt and i've had floaters so I finished up as quickly as i could. By the time I got home, the black thing was breaking up and I had thousands of tiny dots in my right eye's visual field, plus black wisps of stuff like smoke.

I called the emergency opthamologist, got in to see him that afternoon. It turns out I had a blood vessel hemorrhage in my vitreous humor. I have to go back next week for followup, but there was no evidence of retinal detachment or other damage.

My eye is improving, but I still see thousands of small gray dots and wisps of crap. It's annoying, but my brain is adjusting. And it will take a few weeks to clear out the junk.


So, watch out when you sneeze.....though not sure how to prevent this.
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I hope you recover quickly
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Damn .. I was hoping you'd sneezed and shat yourself ..

Or something amusing like that.
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Damn .. I was hoping you'd sneezed and shat yourself ..

Or something amusing like that.
Speaking from experience, then? ;-)
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Re: Careful when you sneeze

Do you try to stifle the sneeze or let it all fly out (I don't mean across the room). My mum had a problem with her ear years ago which the doctor put down to her habit of holding her nose and trying to make as little "AAAATCHOO" noise as possible. The habit was formed when she was at posh school where it was considered unladylike to let rip with a proper sneeze).
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Re: Careful when you sneeze

Gosh, glad there is no permanent damage!

Actually, when I read the title I thought it was a post about the little 'accidents' that ladies of a certain age can have.

I wonder if when sneezing it is better to sneeze with the mouth open (covered with a hankie of course), instead of trying to suppress it and therefore putting pressure on the eyes. If that makes sense.

Good luck at your next appointment.

Edit.. Sandgrounder had the same thought. (And John H)
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Without the sneeze I once had similar grey 'smokey' stripes all over my field of vision. As I had recently been to my yearly check up at the ophthalmologists, I, as is my wont, cheerfully ignored them. After two days it was the same so I rang my optician who said I should ring my ophthalmologist at once. Sure enough, it was blood from a tear in the retina which needed lasering. All healed now and all's well that ends well but I was certainly running a risk by ignoring it.

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Gosh, glad there is no permanent damage!

Actually, when I read the title I thought it was a post about the little 'accidents' that ladies of a certain age can have.

I wonder if when sneezing it is better to sneeze with the mouth open (covered with a hankie of course), instead of trying to suppress it and therefore putting pressure on the eyes. If that makes sense.
That must have really distressing Edot - hope it all turns out OK. btw:

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Re: Careful when you sneeze

Gute Besserung edot, hope it will heal off well and quickly.

And thanks for the information, I hadn't a clue!
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I am pretty sure that since i was home, i just sneezed loudly. No supression. I often sneeze multiple times in a row.

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Gosh, glad there is no permanent damage!

Actually, when I read the title I thought it was a post about the little 'accidents' that ladies of a certain age can have.

I wonder if when sneezing it is better to sneeze with the mouth open (covered with a hankie of course), instead of trying to suppress it and therefore putting pressure on the eyes. If that makes sense.

Good luck at your next appointment.

Edit.. Sandgrounder had the same thought. (And John H)
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Without the sneeze I once had similar grey 'smokey' stripes all over my field of vision. As I had recently been to my yearly check up at the ophthalmologists, I, as is my wont, cheerfully ignored them. After two days it was the same so I rsng my optician who said I should ring my ophthalmologist at once. Sure enough, it was blood from a tear in the retina which needed lasering. All healed now and all's well thst ends well but I was certainly running risk by ignoring it.
That's the fear. Glad you are ok! My husband, who is very myopic, had a serious retinal detachment - had to fix it with surgery - laser repair and then a gas bubble to hold it in place. A few years later, small tear on the other side, fixed by laser in office He's had cataracts because of the treatment, fixed too. If you are myopic, your eyeball is elongated, and it's easier for the retina to tear.
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And thanks for the information, I hadn't a clue!
Nor had I until it happened to me too. One reads so often that black spots are harmless floaters but where do you read that grey smokey bits 'schlirgge' are quite different and can be a sign of something really wrong.
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Re: Careful when you sneeze

Ye gods but that sounds scary!
Glad to hear that in the end it wasn't too serious and that you're on the mend, and thanks for the warning. Eyes are tricky blighters and anything unusual like this needs checking asap.
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Re: Careful when you sneeze

Seems to be an age thing too - similar thing happened to me and 3 friends without any warning all within the same month.
The important thing is to get checked out asap incase your retina has detached when you have vision with like a curtain drawing at the side. Can be caused by sneezing or a fall.

Glad that you are alright Edot - take care - seems to always be something after you reach a certain age
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Re: Careful when you sneeze

Sneeze, Slammer´s sneezes are registered on the Richter scale, if I held back I would probably blow my head off.
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Glad that you are alright Edot - take care - seems to always be something after you reach a certain age
Not an age thing, cutie:

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/video/vid...ge-sneeze.html
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I am pretty sure that age has something to do with it..... at least, makes it more likely,
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