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What does it mean when an eye dr sees blood clots in eye?

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What does it mean when an eye dr sees blood clots in eye ? Would having open heart surgery have anything to dowith this?
Submitted: 6 years ago.
Category: Eye
Expert:  Dr. James replied 6 years ago.
Dr. James : Where arw the blood clots?
Dr. James : Any change in vision?
Customer:

no chge in vision my son had open heart surgery and went to eye dr and he answered as if it had to do withn his surgery that is why i am questioning this

Dr. James :

How old is your son?
Blood clots in one eye or both eyes?
Diabetes?
What was the surgery for?

Customer:

do you have an answer for me

Dr. James :

Can you provide me with more information?

Customer:

my son is 51 I think in one eye. The surgery was for blockage on left main

Customer:

no diabetes

Dr. James :

Surgery for blocked heart vessels or coronary bypass shouldn't cause bleeding or clots in his eyes.

Dr. James :

Sometimes, high blood pressure can do it.

Dr. James :

There is another type of blood clot called Roth spots.

Dr. James :

This can sometimes be an indication of heart valve problems.

Dr. James :

As a general rule, as long as the bleeding is minimal, then it is not a problem as it will resorb.

Dr. James :

it is important to indentify the underlying cause to ensure that it doesn't continue to recur.

Dr. James :

I wouldn't think a cornonary bypass would cause blood clots in the eyes however.

Customer:

no high blood pressure. Does it mean probably a valve [problem after heart surgery

Dr. James :

No, it doesn't appear the doctor was worried about a valvular issue.

Dr. James :

I'm sure you son has had an echocardiogram which would have looked at the valves as well.

Customer:

yes he did thank you i am not sure if this answered my question I think the best thing we should look into this

Dr. James :

It doesn't appear the doctor is worried.

Dr. James :

Often times, some bleeding in the eye does not have a identifiable cause.

Dr. James :

Recent surgery of any sort cause changes in blood flow.

Dr. James :

I don't think there's aything in particular about heart surgery that predisposes to blood clots in the eyes.

Customer:

No noit at all I know the eyes show alot of your health that is why i was concerned

Dr. James :

if the bleeding is on the whites of the eyes, then yes, they are related.

Dr. James :

bleeding on the whites of the eyes is of no concern, similar to bruising on the skin.

Customer:

thank you

Dr. James :

You're welcome.

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