Subconjunctival hemorrhage

  • Broken blood vessels beneath the white of the eye
  • Symptoms include red areas on the eye and possible eye pain
  • Caused by pressure on the eye resulting in broken blood vessels
  • Cannot be spread from person to person
  • Affects males and females
  • Can occur at any age but more common in older adults
  • Most commonly mild without complications

GENERAL THERAPY

  • No treatment required
  • Condition should resolve on its own
  • Consult with Ophthalmologist if severe

 

Over-the-counter medicines (refer to manufacturer’s recommendations for dosage):

  • Artificial tears

 

PRECAUTIONS AND AVOIDANCES

Avoid aspirin or ibuprofen

 

SEEK MEDICAL ATTENTION IF

  • Your eye isn’t better within 2 weeks
  • If you have multiple hemorrhages
  • If you have hemorrhages in both eyes at the same time
  • If bleeding in eye occurs at the same times as other symptoms, like easy bruising, bleeding gums
  • If you have pain with the bleeding
  • Changes in vision, (i.e. Blurry vision, double vision, difficultly seeing)
  • History of bleeding disorder
  • History of high blood pressure
  • Injury or trauma to eye
  • If on blood-thinning medicine

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