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V-V & CONTACT LENSES - h e l p !!!

From: Debbie
Date: 12/4/00
Time: 12:11:56 AM
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A number of years ago I decided to have contact lenses fitted. The eye specialist used eye drops and then inserted the contact lens - hard type - after a few moments I felt dizzy, everything went light and dark, I prickled with sweat and found myself in darkness and I could hear little children playing - altho I was nowhere near any children. After coming round I was told I had had a fit for approx 30 seconds. I went back 2 more times and had the same thing occur. I had all the tests in the book and nothing was found. I was told it was "just" a vaso-vagal fit. The optician said that a small percentage of the population have this if you work on their eyes or teeth. I have never had a problem with teeth but mentioned it to my dentist nevertheless - he said it was because of adrenalin in the anaesthetic - but I never followed up on tghat one - it seemed a contradiction in terms.

Now more than 10 years later I have decided to have Lasik Eye Surgery - On the last test which required having eye drops I had the same episode. After about 30 seconds I felt nauseous, sweaty, of balance and submerged in darkness - this time I did not hear children - but adults arguing - there was no-one about except the specialist. I am scheduled to have the operation in a few days time and thought I should try to find out a little more about this so if anyone has any ideas to help, please let me know.

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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