• Can straining, coughing or vomiting lead to retinal hemorrhage or detachment?


    Question:

    Two days ago I had floaters in my left eye and I was diagnosed with posterior vitreous detachment in addition to an area of retinal hemorrhage. I often strain badly with bowel movements and I wonder if this, along with coughing/vomiting/lifting heavy groceries, can make my retinal hemorrhage worse or lead to a retinal tear/detachment?


    Answer:

    Straining, coughing or vomiting can lead to retinal hemorrhage but not a posterior vitreous detachment. Straining, coughing or vomiting do not lead to a retinal tear or detachment. Ask your doctor to recommend the best way to help relieve your constipation.


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