Hi all, must admit this is my first time posting on anything like this but I feel I have no other options. Just over a month ago my boyfriend noticed a large red vein in my left eye only when I look to the right. This scared me! I've never had any issues with my eyes. There was also a light bluish spot behind the vein - at first everyone told me its probably just a popped vein that happens very commonly to ppl either by sneezing etc so I forgot about it - a week later I took a pic of my eye and noticed it started getting larger and more small red veins were appearing around it - I have been tracking it almost daily and it's only gotten worse - I know I haven't hit it/ poked it or had something in my eye so I have no idea what started this - I have since been to my family doc and she said "looks like it could be degenerative and I don't know why it's showing at 23" I'm still waiting for an eye specialist as my first appointment was for oct 2! I dot feel comfortable waiting that long! It gets very sore and the redness is getting worse - my motivation to get on here is because now I see it in my right eye!! This time it's only noticeable when I look up same large red veins with a blue hue behind it - nothing I search on the Internet sounds or looks like what I have and I just want help! If you have any suggestions or comments please help and if you want a pic let me know and I can send ( wish I could Post on here )
The following user gives a hug of support to Eyeproblemshelp: mlsano (05-09-2013)
We don't claim to be experts, just have to guess at some possibilities. One, that I've had, If there's diabetes in your family, and you've had it quite a while without knowing, it can cause "retinopathy", extra blood vessels, which have to be sealed off with a laser which counts and stops short of a thousand "burns" per session, not painful as you'd think because they usually give you the deadening eye drops. I'd look up a woman opthalmologist, because men can be a bit rough, and may like to use a bigger laser, tell them it's an emergency. Later on you could still keep the distant appointment, to see which doctor you like best. I realize of course that your problem could be completely different from mine, and hope you'll get lots of opinions. Oh, and do your eyes itch, due to allergies, and you rub them? Maybe even in your sleep? Maybe it's as simple as that. Good luck.
The Following User Says Thank You to Eagle For This Useful Post: Eyeproblemshelp (05-09-2013)
Hello, Sorry to hear of your new discovery. Its always scary when we discover these things. Im not an expert, but I believe if you call back your Dr. and tell them its an issue that is getting Worse, they Should see you sooner. I also believe that "blue eye" is a condition of the sclera and often hereditary and it may mean that the tissue layers are "thin" probl. wont effect your site, hopefully. Broken vessels could be anything at all from High Blood Pressure to Diabetes so I hope that your Primary Dr. took blood to look for everything to be normal. Often when we are YOUNG like you are at age 23, the Dr. will "poo poo" you away as being a "hyperchondriac". That has been my life experience, now at age 55. I suffered dying in pain and blood on a daily basis with Kidney stones for 3 years when I was in my late teens, with each and every Dr. telling me "you are Fat, Lose Weight, You'll feel better".....as I suffered in pain and blood on a daily basis. In the end I finally found a Dr. who took me seriously, right before I died and ended up spending 14 days in the hospital having a kidney operation. What I am trying to say is FIND OUT, even if it means changing DOCTORS MULTIPLE TIMES. Demand a DIAGNOSIS. And, if it dozent make sense, get ANOTHER. Ok? Best of Luck to you.
The Following User Says Thank You to mlsano For This Useful Post: Eyeproblemshelp (05-09-2013)
As far as being dietetic that is not the case - I am tankful for that, and I also had my blood work and blood pressure taken at my last check up (like 2 weeks ago) and all was good.
I contacted my doctors office saying that they are only getting worse and get sore so I didn't feel comfortable waiting for 5 months. She responded saying she would speak with the doc (the recp) and get back to me - since then I have sent 2 more emails saying I hate to be impatient but I want some options. I even sent them pictures of my eyes to show the other doc im trying to get an appointment with. and still no word. its been about a week. I realize they are busy but some kind of response would be appreciated - i work 9-5 with 2 jobs 7 days a week so taking time off for things is difficult - If it was for the eye specialist it would be in a heart beat but I don't want to go back to my doc just for other options.. when she told me they would respond.
I tried calling local optometrist offices yesterday to see if someone could give me 2 min of their time to know if I should worry / keep trying to see someone sooner or if the 5 month wait is ok. All i was told is i need to go in for a complete exam and of course thats just $$ i dont have to spend. So i may have some leads to getting into an optimoligist sooner than oct with my referral, but still no idea what it could even be!
I still cant find anything that looks or sounds like what im experiencing and when my doctor used the word 'degenerative' that didnt help my state of mind. I am going to do alot more research into the 'blue eye' situation you mentioned to see if that could be more like it.
I wish I could say my vision hasn't been affected yet but 2 days ago it became blurry when I looked down or to the sides for like 10 min - and that never happens to me.
I do have allergies but haven't had a bad reaction lately or scratch - I have been SUPER careful with my eye for the last month to avoid making the situation worse.
I hope I don't sound too frantic by any means im just frustrated that I have gone this long with no start of an answer.
I really appreciate the feedback so far and hope to receive more help - I have already gotten more replies here then anywhere else! im glad i got this out here. Thanks again!!!
A great big Amen to the others' replies, and glad I found this thread again because I meant to say, diabetic retinopathy would be inside the eye, not where you can see the extra blood vessels.
Are you near any large city? Google for opthalmologists there? It's been my experience, and I'm now 77, that doctors don't really answer emails. Welcome to that club.
Please keep us posted. I certainly would not wait around for those too-slow doctors, who would probably always be too slow to do you any good. They must have enough patients that they're not worried about losing any, or getting any new ones. Maybe don't keep up with latest developements either.
I would have googled eye vein exposed or something like that for you if I'd thought of it before starting this reply. Might that help you get some info
I think I finally found something!!!
Pinguecula -A pinguecula is a common type of conjunctival degeneration in the eye
there are lots of pictures that look very similar to what im experiencing - it says its caused from exposure to the sun and irritants over the years - I always wear sunglasses which makes this so much more confusing! but at least im getting somewhere!
Just tought i would give you ladies an update! my biggest give away was while looking at the areas i noticed not only the blueish tinge but the yellow area which is the main symptom/sign for pinguecula.
I also heard back from my doc office (not much help still) but i am going to go to an optomitrist to get referred to an opthimologist sooner then my fam doc office can get me in!
gotta love progress! thanks again for your help and support!