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

From: Julianne
Date: 1/11/01
Time: 4:46:13 AM
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I didn't find your post until now ... several weeks after your scheduled Lasik surgery.

Did you go through with the surgery? How did you fare?

I have a nephew who is studying to be an opthalmological assistant in eye surgery ... especially surgery like Lasik, radial keratotomy, etc. I will print this thread for him so he will have a "heads up" about vaso-vagal responses in patients.

When you were told that you had a vaso-vagal "fit," what did they mean? Did you exhibit signs of seizure? Like epilepsy?

Like you, I blacked out when trying to get fitted for contacts. Ha! Contacts were supposed to correct my vision, not annihialate it! (g). I did not completely lose consciousness, nor did my body jerk or have 'seizure' symptoms. No "children's voices" or anything like that for me.

I wanted those contacts! So I kept trying. Within a week, I was able to put in & take out contacts without blacking out or even seeing starts, but I certainly could feel my anxiety level soar every time I touched my contact to my eye. (I don't wear them anymore.)

Blacking out and/or outright fainting are very rare for me. I've never been diagnosed with vaso-vagal. My incidents are so rare that I've never consulted a doctor about it.

But now my 5-yr old son shows signs of pre-syncope ... so I'm trying to learn more about the symptoms, their causes, and how to prevent/treat them safely in a young child.

I'd love to know whether you had the Lasik surgery and how you fared. I hope you sailed through it. And I hope the doctor was well-prepared ahead of time for dealing with any symptoms of syncope & cardiac distress.

Take care,


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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