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Retinal tear at age 19

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  • Posted By: SoManyIssues
  • March 31, 2011
  • 07:38 AM

I got my first retinal tear at age 19. I was getting headaches about a week before I started seeing flashes. Once the flashes appeared I went immediately to the eye doctor. That is when he told me that I have a retinal tear. I do not know what caused it. The only thing I can think of is maybe I got it because I have poor vision, maybe because I wear contacts a lot, maybe because I wear eye make up a lot and I tug at my eye when removing the make up, maybe because I use the computer a lot, maybe because I hit the top of my head (it hurt but I wasn't in like some extreme pain).

Anyway, I had a gas bubble inserted. It was so upsetting. Two months after I went back to the eye doctor and he said that I got another tear in the same eye! So he did laser this time and it hurt so so so so much. Words cannot describe how much pain I was in. My head and eye was hurting so bad. I ended up collapsing on the floor once the procedure was done when I got up. Before I collapsed my ears began to ring and I started to feel light headed. Then when I fell, I couldn't get up and my hands got numb. The nurse there just gave me a motrin and I kind of felt better.

Anyway, is this whole thing that I went through "normal" or "common"?

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  • I got my first retinal tear at age 19. I was getting headaches about a week before I started seeing flashes. Once the flashes appeared I went immediately to the eye doctor. That is when he told me that I have a retinal tear. I do not know what caused it. The only thing I can think of is maybe I got it because I have poor vision, maybe because I wear contacts a lot, maybe because I wear eye make up a lot and I tug at my eye when removing the make up, maybe because I use the computer a lot, maybe because I hit the top of my head (it hurt but I wasn't in like some extreme pain). Anyway, I had a gas bubble inserted. It was so upsetting. Two months after I went back to the eye doctor and he said that I got another tear in the same eye! So he did laser this time and it hurt so so so so much. Words cannot describe how much pain I was in. My head and eye was hurting so bad. I ended up collapsing on the floor once the procedure was done when I got up. Before I collapsed my ears began to ring and I started to feel light headed. Then when I fell, I couldn't get up and my hands got numb. The nurse there just gave me a motrin and I kind of felt better.Anyway, is this whole thing that I went through "normal" or "common"?This will sound like an non-sequetor, but what is your height, are you thin, with long thin arms, and long spindly fingers. If so, research Marfan's syndrome. Poor eyesight with retinal tearing is one symptom in that disease. If you have the others, then you should get to a doctor that knows this disease. They watch me for it. It is often missed by GP's, because it is pretty rare.Good luck.
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  • This will sound like an non-sequetor, but what is your height, are you thin, with long thin arms, and long spindly fingers. If so, research Marfan's syndrome. Poor eyesight with retinal tearing is one symptom in that disease. If you have the others, then you should get to a doctor that knows this disease. They watch me for it. It is often missed by GP's, because it is pretty rare.Good luck.I'm pretty sure that it's not Marfan's syndrome. I'm only 5 feet tall, and I weigh around 109 pounds.
    SoManyIssues 2 Replies Flag this Response
  • I'm pretty sure that it's not Marfan's syndrome. I'm only 5 feet tall, and I weigh around 109 pounds.Probably not. Unless your arms are unusually long 1.05 times your height. It's good if it isn't, because that is a ticking time bomb.
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  • Probably not. Unless your arms are unusually long 1.05 times your height. It's good if it isn't, because that is a ticking time bomb. Hahaha no they're not that long. My body type is just pretty much in place. But anyway, thanks for your response and trying to help me out :)
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