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    Bloody Eyeballs

    I have recently noticed a little issue with my eyes after diving.

    on Jan 13th I went diving. 132' max depth for 1hr 38 min. 45 min bottom time the rest was deco.

    yesterday i went diving. 173' max depth for 1hr 12min. 32min bottom time the rest deco.

    Both dives went great without any issues. I had no niggles or any other problems post dive.

    Here is the thing. 1st time, the white in my left eye turned red (left side of eye) 2nd time the white in my right eye turned red (left side of eye).

    I don't recall any mask squeeze or equalization problems. The eyeball thing appears the morning after the dive.

    Any ideas of what the hell is going on with my eyes. It is kinda freaky.
    Oh yeah, it takes about a week for it to clear up.

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    Re: Bloody Eyeballs

    Is it bloody, or just red?

    The former is a subconjuctival hemmorhage, which results from a burst blood vessel in a layer of the eye. They look really bad, but are not clinically important and resolve on their own. These could be a result of a pressure difference like a mask squeeze.

    The later is non-specific, but is usually a result of some sort of irritation. Maybe your mask defogger? or just the saltwater?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Dsix36  View Original Post
    I have recently noticed a little issue with my eyes after diving.

    on Jan 13th I went diving. 132' max depth for 1hr 38 min. 45 min bottom time the rest was deco.

    yesterday i went diving. 173' max depth for 1hr 12min. 32min bottom time the rest deco.

    Both dives went great without any issues. I had no niggles or any other problems post dive.

    Here is the thing. 1st time, the white in my left eye turned red (left side of eye) 2nd time the white in my right eye turned red (left side of eye).

    I don't recall any mask squeeze or equalization problems. The eyeball thing appears the morning after the dive.

    Any ideas of what the hell is going on with my eyes. It is kinda freaky.
    Oh yeah, it takes about a week for it to clear up.

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    Re: Bloody Eyeballs

    It is definitely bloody!

    The last time it cleared up by itself in about a week.

    I am more concerned with preventing it from happening every time I dive. There is also the issue of - should I dive with my eye f**ked?
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    Re: Bloody Eyeballs

    I'm not a doc, but I have seen this happen quite a bit with rebreather divers. I tend to think that it is caused by mask squeeze. Due to the fact that CCR divers concentrate on "not breathing out through their noses" I think that we tend to ignore or not notice mask squeeze as easily as when we were diving OC and didn't have to worry about nose breathing. In our OC days, we breathed a little bit out through our nose, and the mask equalization took care of itself. Now on CCR, we have to think about equalizing the mask! Just one more little issue with CCR! (Like we don't have enough to worry about already!)

    Hope it resolves itself soon!

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    Re: Bloody Eyeballs

    You may also consider getting checked for a PFO. A buddy of mine was getting spots in the whites of his eyes and it turned out to be from a PFO.

    Does this only happen on deep dives?

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    Re: Bloody Eyeballs

    Quote Originally Posted by chunter  View Original Post
    You may also consider getting checked for a PFO. A buddy of mine was getting spots in the whites of his eyes and it turned out to be from a PFO.

    Does this only happen on deep dives?

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    define deep?

    only happened 2 times.
    132' and 173' dives.

    I am leaning towards mask squeeze. I have been to 130'-140' on several occassions and this never happened before. I do descend alot faster than I used to though. I drop at about 40-60 feet per minute. It took me 4 min to get to 173'
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    Re: Bloody Eyeballs

    I had the same thing happen to me, was a fairly shallow dive(80 ft), but I'll bet it happened somewhere in the first 20ft. I had just switched to a very low volume mask and was diving a new rebreather for the first time as well. I don't remember ever getting much mask squeeze, but I think I was just a little late equalizing the mask on the way down, thinking about the new rig a little too much and forgot the obvious. I don't think it takes much with a low volume mask, I'd never had it happen before, and it hasn't happened since.

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    Re: Bloody Eyeballs

    I sneezed last week and was horrified to find the white of my left eye was covered in blood when I looked in a mirror 15 minutes later. One trip to the Doctors later I was reassured to find that it's a fairly common occurrence and nothing to worry about. I asked about diving but was told there was no reason why I couldn't continue to dive as it was just like a bruise and would disappear over the next 14 days or so.

    Quite dramatic looking though!

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    Re: Bloody Eyeballs

    It must have been mask squeeze. On my last dive, I descended slower and made sure to equalize the mask too. No bloody eyeballs:D
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    Re: Bloody Eyeballs

    So it wasn't a 40 oz of bourbon you'd hammered the night before then? :D I'll bet that's a huge relief!

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