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"?