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Is it unusual to be able to see your heartbeat/pulse in your eye?

Asked by DrasticDreamer (19152 points ) July 5th, 2010

I’ve been able to see my pulse in my left eye lately, but it generally only happens when I make a sudden movement or exert myself in a short burst. There’s no pain, swelling or anything else, so I’m not really concerned. I’m more curious than anything.

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Ron_C's avatar

I don’t think so. It usually after a near miss in traffic or in one of my projects. I think it is related to a sharp rise in blood pressure and maybe a shot of adrenaline.

I sometime have that effect while pumping my bike up a big hill but it is more associated with my frequent near death experiences.

betterdays's avatar

A few months ago I was feeling and even hearing my blood pressure in my neck. It felt like I was wearing a tight turtle neck sweater all the time. I went to the ER and they found that I have really high blood pressure. You might want to be checked out by a doctor just to be on the safe side.

charliecompany34's avatar

is this the same as seeing what looks like cells and amoebas and stuff if you focus on the glaze in your eyes?

DrasticDreamer's avatar

@charliecompany34 No. When it happens, my eye pulses with my heartbeat. So when I look at something, it goes dim, bright, dim, bright, in time with my heart. That’s the best I can describe it.

faye's avatar

I sure think that’s a reason to see a doctor. I worry about my retinas and nothing should ever dim your eyesight.

Fyrius's avatar

I recognise what you mean.
I recall getting that after making sudden explosive movements without a warm-up or anything (like getting up too quickly after having sat still for a while). It often goes together with some dizziness.
I interpret it as a sign that what I just did was a bit hard on the cardiovascular system. You use up a lot of energy while your heart rate is still low, making you dizzy because your brain doesn’t get enough nutrients for a second; so then your heart rate speeds up to compensate, making you see your pulse in your eyes. The sensation of repaying an energy debt.

At any rate I think it’s normal. Either that or we both have the same problem. :P

Additional ramblings:

I think I get similar symptoms when I’ve been bicycling like I’m late for something important, and then suddenly have to stop for a traffic light. I think that’s the other way around; having a high heart rate and then suddenly not spending the additional energy any more.
Sometimes I also feel my pulse in the roof of my mouth. And I can get dizzy and sometimes nauseous, if I’ve really been overexerting myself.

I don’t get it when actually working out. Probably because I’m prepared for it then. There could also be some reaction involved that makes one less sensitive to subtle things like that when doing hard work.

Come to think of it, I’m not sure when I last experienced this. It might have been before I started taking working out seriously.

stranger_in_a_strange_land's avatar

Not in the eyes, but I can hear my pulse through my inner ear. Same cause, high blood pressure.

jm5225's avatar

I can see my heart beat in my chest…its i look i can see it go up and down…maybe everyone can though…i don’t know…

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