Subconjunctival Hemorrhage

A subconjunctival hemorrhage is a result of a broken blood vessel in the white part of the eye. It is usually painless. It may be caused by coughing, sneezing, or vomiting. An injury to the eye can cause this condition, too. It can also be a sign of high blood pressure (hypertension) or a bleeding disorder.

This eye problem can look scary. But the presence of the blood is not serious. It will be reabsorbed without treatment within a few days to a few weeks.

Home care

You may continue your usual activities.

Follow-up care

Follow up with your healthcare provider, or as advised.

When to seek medical advice

Call your healthcare provider or seek medical care right away if any of these occur:

  • Pain in the eye

  • Change in vision

  • The blood does not go away within 3 weeks

  • Increasing redness or swelling of the eye

  • Severe headache or dizziness

  • Signs of bruising or bleeding from other parts of your body

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