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Re: passing out from eye exam

From: Jeanne


I am an old lady compared to you but wanted you to know that I also experience a near VV episode after having my eyes dilated several years ago. At the time the doctor said it was a vaso vagal thing but as I hadn't had other episodes around the same time and I just put it out of my mind. As mentioned before there are many different triggers and you can often stop yourself from a full faint by recognizing the symptons. You can't stop it from some things obviously - a reaction to something - but you can minimize the full faints. People have mentioned various techniques they've tried in this forum. I also have resisted taking medication because I am afraid the cure might be worse than the symptons, but folks have to make this call for themselves.

This web site is not a substitute for a thorough medical evaluation and diagnosis of your vaso-vagal type symptoms.  Medical treatment and diagnosis is the only acceptable initial response to these serious symptoms since they might present from any number of life threatening and treatable illnesses. It is for you and your physician to rule out more serious illnesses; Please don't use this online forum as an alternative to getting responsible medical attention and being under the care of a physician for the duration of any unknown, suspected or dangerous vaso-vagal syndrome symptoms.
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