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i was at the gym boot camp class today pushing these sleds

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i was at the gym boot camp class today pushing these sleds with weight on them...and suddenly i started seeing like a red streak in one eye
Submitted: 8 months ago.
Category: Eye
Expert:  Dr. Dan B. replied 8 months ago.

Dr. Dan B. : Hello and thanks for your question. Do you have high blood pressure, high nearsightedness, or previous eye problems?
Dr. Dan B. : Do you have any new floating things in your vision or any flashing lights in the vision? Has your vision changed at all other than this?
Customer:

floating blood in vision. thats the best way to explain ...like if u put blood in water and it meshes around?? but if u look at my eye in the mirror you dont see anything. other than that vision is fine

Dr. Dan B. : It sounds like you could be experiencing what is called a vitreous hemorrhage. Vitreous is the jelly that the blood is suspended in. There can be several causes of a vitreous hemorrhage, diabetes being the most common, but in someone with a new floater I worry about a hole, break, or tear in the retina. I would recommend seeing your eye doctor as soon as possible to assess which of these things are going on, but a defect in the retina is the most important thing to make sure is not happening. Unfortunately, the rate at which the body clears the blood is a little different for everyone. However, most start to see improvement after a month and for most it is usually cleared for the most part after 2 months. If it does not clear after this time, then a surgery is necessary to evacuate the blood. But for now I would recommend doing a few things to help lessen any more bleeding: Sleeping with your head elevated around 30 degrees is important. Don't put your head below your waist and try not to lift, push, pull, or shove anything heavier than 10 pounds. If you can avoid it, try not to take medicines like aspirin, ibuprofen, advil, aleve--these all thin the blood. That being said, if your doctor has placed you on one of these medicines for its therapeutic effect on the heart and/or blood pressure, then it would not be wise to stop them (it just may prolong the hemorrhage some). In addition, drugs like coumadin, warfarin, and plavix also thin the blood and can prolong this.I would call the ophthalmologist's office and try and be seen by the on-call doctor and if that isn't possible, you may consider going to the ER.
Customer:

before it was more like a vein of red...and now its more like separating...its been about 3-4 hours since this happened

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i will try and go see doctor today thank you.

Customer:

yes it does.

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