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Old 05-01-2008, 11:15 AM   #1
Pamela Barlett
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Vision blurring during and post exercise

For awhile now I've had problems with my vision blurring during exercise and staying blurry for at least several hours afterwards.
This happens with any level of activity, but comes on more quickly with intense exercise. For something like hiking I'll probably be ok for an hour or two, but something like playing ultimate frisbee will make my vision start blurring after 15 or 20 minutes.

I should probably mention that I have horrible vision (2500/20 last time I asked) so I wear contacts all the time. I also had an eye injury several years ago which resulted in some internal bleeding, but that was only one eye so I don't think it would be related to this since my vision goes blurry in both eyes.

Has anyone else had experience with this and have suggestions on how to prevent / cope with this?
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Old 05-01-2008, 11:53 AM   #2
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Re: Vision blurring during and post exercise

Have any vascular problems?
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Old 05-01-2008, 12:32 PM   #3
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Have any vascular problems?
Not that I'm aware of.
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Old 05-01-2008, 01:50 PM   #4
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Re: Vision blurring during and post exercise

are you checking your heart rate?

too fast or too low will mimic the very symptoms your having.

More importantly... see your doctor and get a 24 holter...
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Old 05-01-2008, 04:21 PM   #5
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Re: Vision blurring during and post exercise

I used to get that at very high intensity. I also am trying to control hypertension via pharmaceuticals. Do your monitor your blood pressure?
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Old 05-02-2008, 01:01 AM   #6
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Re: Vision blurring during and post exercise

I also get that blurry vision. I imagine it probably a combination of blood pressure and low blood sugar.

To me, I wouldn't stress too much. I just try not to drive RIGHT after crossfit. I usually hang out for about 20-30 minutes after I am done, chatting and drinking my water.

If you are really concerned go check it out, but it is a pretty common thing for me and I don't really think anything is necessarily wrong. But that is just me and I am not a health care professional
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Old 05-02-2008, 03:51 AM   #7
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Re: Vision blurring during and post exercise

having blurried vision for several hours.. is NOT A NORMAL THING for ANYBODY.


and rebekah.. if your getting blurried vision during a workout.. it may mean a low blood sugar and it should tell you that your not eating enough prior to your session.
again even short term blurried vision....not good.
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Old 05-02-2008, 06:41 AM   #8
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Re: Vision blurring during and post exercise

How do your contacts feel during those periods of blurred vision? I'm not contradicting anything said above - getting checked out isn't ever a bad idea, anyway.

But... occasionally, I've had issues that could be called blurry vision that are immediately attributable to just having sticky contacts (various reasons - irritated eyes from dust or sunlight, dehydration, wind, etc...). If I reach up (with a clean finger!) and move the contact, the blurs "move" too...
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Old 05-02-2008, 09:17 AM   #9
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Re: Vision blurring during and post exercise

Thanks to everyone for the input.

My blood pressure has been in the normal range everytime it's been checked, which is about once every two months when I donate blood. And I'm pretty sure that it's not a problem with my contacts since my vision doesn't clear up when I switch to glasses.

I'm going to the eye doctor tomorrow and if I'll probably try and go to a regular doctor if the eye doctor can't figure it out.
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Old 05-02-2008, 09:54 AM   #10
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Re: Vision blurring during and post exercise

While I still think you should get it checked I had the same prob and was just that I have very sensitive eyes and their desperate attempt to secrete enough tears to counter the gallons of sweat that was pouring into them is what was causeing it mine was fixed by some OTC eye drops like visene (sp?)
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