My Writings. My Thoughts.
“I am pretty much willing to try anything once.”
Wait until you see my Makita power drill…
“Not into fakes and flakes”
Yeah, that should stop them…
“Bondage isn’t bondage until you want out”
Well, actually it is. And also, are you implying that you won’t let me out if I really need out?
Most people who are full Drama actually think they have none, so this doesn’t really help.
“=Results from http://bdsmtest.org/ = 93% Voyeur 88% Experimentalist 84% Dominant …”
These imaginary percentages are meaningless to 69% of kinksters.
“WARNING PRIVACY NOTICE: Any institutions using this site or any of its associated sites for studies or projects…”
This warning is meaningless, both in legal and scientific sense.
You do realize what the point of a profile text is?
“Not into underaged or anything illegal.”
If you were, you would still say that.
“Looking for something meaningful.”
Yeah, I guessed that already from the 36 dick pictures in your gallery.
“Thanks for reading this far.”
You do realize nobody will get that far, right?
I rarely feel the need to educate fellow kinksters, but having done extensive reading on scientific literature about poppers and their capability to cause eye damage, and seeing all the misinformation and rumours spread around, I had to compile an up-to-date, plain term but scientific explanation of the danger of eye damage with poppers.
Disclaimer: While I have scientific training, I don’t have a medical degree and all information here is provided without any warranty of accuracy of any kind.
What exactly are poppers?
Poppers are a street name for a group of chemicals better known as alkyl nitrites. They originally came into medicine in the form of amyl nitrite, which was discovered to have a potent capability to expand blood vessels. This feature found use in the treatment of angina pectoris, a particular kind of chest pain resulting from narrowing of the blood vessels of the heart.
Amyl nitrite remained a medicine, and in fact in many places available freely over the counter. In 1969, the US Food and Drug Administration made it prescription only when the increased use of it in raves and gay sex aroused the attention of the government. However, other variants of the chemical group, including isobutyl nitrite, isopropyl nitrite, pentyl nitrite, and cyclohexyl nitrite, have a mixed legal status in different countries.
In the European Union, isobutyl nitrite remained most popular until it was banned in 2007 based on the European Chemicals Agency classifying it as a potential cancer-causing chemical. This resulted in European poppers shifting to isopropyl nitrite. For legal and liability reasons, poppers are invariably sold as not designed for human consumption (usually as ‘leather cleaners’ or ‘room odorizers’), which is also unfortunately why they don’t need to be labeled with detailed ingredients.
How do they work, and what is the difference between the different chemicals?
All members of the alkyl nitrite group work the same way, however, different members have different volatilities, which may affect how they feel. The mechanism still remains the same: all poppers cause a chemical called nitric oxide to be released into the bloodstream, which causes a rapid expansion of blood vessels, a drop in blood pressure, and an euphoric feeling we all love.
A lot of popper users report particular affinity to certain brands (such as ‘Rush’ or ‘Jungle Juice’). However, as most countries have only one or two legal variants of alkyl nitrites, and as all alkyl nitrites have a similar mechanism of effect, this feeling is more likely caused by both the label effect (seeing a label on a product changes your opinion of the product), and variations in bottles being fresh or stale, poorly manufactured, and so on. Additives in poppers are not regulated and may also explain why different poppers feel different.
What’s the deal with eye damage?
Yellow spots on the fovea (A) and damage to the nerves of the fovea (B), from 
Similar damage, from 
Very unfortunately, nitric oxide has another effect on the human body. It interferes with a special enzyme in the human body (guanylyl cyclase), which is responsible for a lot of things. One thing it is responsible is the controlling how the retina in the eye adjusts to light, although this effect is not completely understood yet. Nitric oxide has been linked to excessive light causing damage to the eye, and specifically blocking the effect of nitric oxide has been shown to protect the eye from light damage.
So because poppers get their effect from nitric oxide, and it also interferes with the retina, there have been numerous well documented cases of poppers use immediately causing damage to the fovea, the area of the retina responsible for central, sharp vision. In some cases, there has been recovery of eye function after poppers use was discontinued, but in many other cases, the damage appears permanent.
It is also a possibility that simultaneous use of certain erectile dysfunction drugs (such as Viagra), and/or HIV medication adds to the mechanism causing the eye damage because of how
the human body metabolizes those drugs.
How big is the risk?
There are a few dozen well-documented cases in the scientific literature. However, as this phenomenon is not well known even by eye doctors, it’s probably underdiagnosed and the true victim count is much higher. A simple Google search for ‘poppers eye damage’ reveal hundreds of discussion board messages detailing people’s issues with poppers and unexplained vision problems.
Because of this, the true incidence of eye damage is not known.
How can I stay safe?
That’s the sad part. The only way to stay safe is not to use poppers. The damage to the eyes is not linked to any particular brand, or formulation of poppers, and neither is it linked to how much you use them. Some cases in the medical literature describe situations where first ever use of poppers has resulted in damage, and in some cases, it’s been after decades of use.
Life is a calculated risk. I enjoy poppers immensely, but the risk of permanent eye damage is too great to take for a quick high.
Visited TacticalJackal in Florida in December, 2016. He was kind enough to tie me up on his awesome US Military Field Operating Room Table and subjecting me to unrelentless tormenting.
However, RobotGarage on etsy is selling 3d-printed S10 lenses for $18, which is a cheap price compared to standard S10 add-ons. I ordered a pair.
Delivery to Europe was quick, and immediately upon receiving the caps I tried them out with my Regulation S10 hooded gas mask.
The caps fit nicely, they are not too snug but will not come off spontaneously no matter how much you shake your head. They are offered in two colors, black and blue: I originally wanted blue but RobotGarage advised me that they might leak some light, and suggest a compromise of blue color with black backing.
The caps in this configuration block light fairly effectively. There is a faint, almost imperceptible streak of light near the rim, which is probably due to the blue plastic letting a bit of light through. This is not a major problem, and you can only see the light if you really concentrate on it.
It’s probable that an all-black version of the mask does not have this issue.
At $18, they are a steal and highly recommended for any discerning S10 owner.