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Advice: Don't get an eye exam during early recovery!

I'm learning the hard way about little things you probably don't want to do in early recovery. i went for an eye exam yesterday and when they did that thing where they shoot a puff of air into your eye (glaucoma test?), I reflexively jerked my head back and tweaked my neck. I don't think I did any permanent damage from such little movement but I am still hurting today.

When they did the second eye I held the back of my neck with my hand and it was fine. This is also what I do to suuport my neck when I get out of my recliner and it works well. (I don't have to wear my collar full-time anymore.)

I am 13 days post single-level ACDF c5/6.

Posting this in case I can save someone else from having this little annoyance occur.

C5/6 herniation, type 2 diabetes, generalized anxiety disorder


  • dilaurodilauro ConnecticutPosts: 9,877
    any new cervical surgery. Even if done the day after surgery, the only time this would present a problem is if the jolt/reaction to the test procedure was violent. Many people experience more shocks/jolts from just driving home from the hospital or walking stairs

    But for yourself,you know not to have that type of test unless you are prepared to protect you neck..

    So, this should not state

    Advice: Don't get an eye exam during early recovery!

    But instead

    Information: Early post cervical surgery: If you have major reactions to air being blown into your eye, protect your neck with your hand. You should still go ahead with the eye exam unless your spinal doctor and eye doctor say not to
    Ron DiLauro Spine-Health System Administrator
    I am not a medical professional. I comment on personal experiences
    You can email me at: rdilauro@veritashealth.com
  • Yup! :)
    C5/6 herniation, type 2 diabetes, generalized anxiety disorder
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