NCBI ROFL: When love makes you blind…literally.

By ncbi rofl | November 26, 2010 7:00 pm

eyeTransient monocular blindness precipitated by sexual intercourse.

“The physiological response to sexual activity includes an increase in sympathetic nervous system activity, heart rate and systolic blood pressure. Our patient experienced transient monocular visual loss every time he reached the climax of sexual intercourse, but never while performing strenuous physical exercise. Hypothetical mechanisms of transient monocular visual loss in our patient include vasoconstriction or embolism in the arterial blood supply of the eye. The repeated and completely transient nature of our patient’s symptoms supports the fact that embolism was not involved, whereas the resolution of the symptoms after initiation of the treatment with the vasodilator enalapril supports vasoconstriction as the cause of transient blindness.”

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Photo: flickr/Lianne Viau

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  • http://www.intotemptation.net JustJss

    You mean that doesn’t happen to everyone?

  • http://andeatingit2.com Joanna Cake

    So it’s not such a falsehood when they say too much masturbation will make you go blind…

  • Mark Johnson

    aaaar tha’s why we call it matin’, matey, ,arrrrr

  • Mark Johnson

    aaaarrrr tha’s why we be callin’ it matin’, matey, arrrr!

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