Subconjunctival Hemorrhage Symptoms and Treatment

Subconjunctival HemorrhageYou wake up in the morning, look in the mirror and discover that there is a bright red splotch on one eye! You scurry to find an ophthalmologist (the type of eye doctor that treats diseases of the eye), go for a check-up, and are diagnosed with a subconjunctival hemorrhage! The diagnosis sounds worse than your eye looks. If you have a subconjunctival hemorrhage, you have a popped blood vessel in eye. These are very small blood vessels. When you have a small blood vessel burst in eye, the blood appears just under the transparent surface of the eye (conjunctiva). Blood that gathers in the conjunctiva is absorbed very slowly, so the red spot does not go away quickly. Most people experience little or no pain when they have a subconjunctival hemorrhage.

A subconjunctival hemorrhage, also known as red dye, can be the result of certain medication like warfarin, a blood thinner, and by aspirin. Taking gingko can also increase risk. This type of hemorrhage can also be a consequence of high blood pressure and diabetes. Heavy lifting, vomiting, violent coughing, and powerful sneezing are also possible causes.

Other bloodshot eye causes include allergies, viruses, and bacteria. Blood shot eyes treatment varies and different medications may be prescribed based on the cause.

If you have a subconjuctival hemorrhage you might have a feeling of scratchiness on the eye, but you will probably have no other symptoms. If you have discharge from the eye or pain, you need to see an ophthalmologist. In the case of a child that has this condition, you should talk to your doctor to make sure there is no serious underlying problem. If you experience this problem frequently or have other bleeding you should have a discussion about it with your doctor.
Most cases of red eye will resolve themselves in 10 to 14 days. If you have this condition and it does not resolve or you have pain, it is important to consult with an ophthalmologist.