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What can cause a blood vessel to burst in eye

A 40-year-old member asked:
Dr. David Miller
9 years experience Family Medicine
Several things: High blood pressure and trauma are among the more common causes of a burst blood vessel in the eye. This can be brought on by something as benign as a ... Read More
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Dr. Stephen Hamilton
31 years experience Ophthalmology
Strain or cough: But often will occur for no known reason. Also sometimes caused by blood thinners.

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A 38-year-old member asked:
Dr. Tim Conrad
33 years experience Ophthalmology
Depends: A broken blood vessel on the surface of the eye causes a subconjunctival hemorrhage, an ugly but harmless lesion. They can occur spontaneously, by r ... Read More
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Dr. Matthew Goren
31 years experience Ophthalmology
Usually nothing bad: 99+% of the time this just happens spontaneously and we never know why. High blood pressure can be a cause, though. Get your blood pressure checked. ... Read More
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A 38-year-old member asked:
Dr. Michael Somers
36 years experience LASIK Surgery
Causes are numerous: Most frequently sneezing coughing cause. Repeated hemorrhages warrants check for high blood pressure. Of course if you are on blood thinners more co ... Read More
A 38-year-old member asked:
Dr. Andrew Shatz
25 years experience Ophthalmology
Not really: Burst blood vessels on the eye surface can be caused by a sudden elevation of blood pressure or fragile blood vessels. Most commonly, a burst vessel ... Read More
A 21-year-old male asked:
Dr. Ihab Ibrahim
28 years experience Pain Management
It can be dangerous: I have several questions but it includes examining you, which means, you should go to a hospital emergency room to have those questions answered and h ... Read More
A 50-year-old female asked:
Dr. Bradford Romans
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Yes.this is a bruise: that will resolve over the next two weeks called a sub-conjunctival hemorrhage.Looks terrible but is harmless.if not slowly resolving over next 2 wks, ... Read More
A 44-year-old member asked:
Dr. Daniel Wachtel
58 years experience Ophthalmology
Yes, gently.: If you are taking blood thinner medication and are getting frequent blood- shot eyes and black and blue marks on your body, be sure to inform your phy ... Read More
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A 35-year-old member asked:
Dr. Thomas Wolf
40 years experience Ophthalmology
Yes: Subconjunctival hemorrhage is benign condition.
A 47-year-old member asked:
Dr. Tim Conrad
33 years experience Ophthalmology
You : Can use a warm compress to your eye. The warmth increases the circulation and allows the body to work a little faster to clean up the blood.
A 42-year-old female asked:
Dr. Susan Arnoult
24 years experience Family Medicine
It's OK: You can have a capillary burst in the lining of the eye causing a red splotch that can be pretty dramatic. As long as the blood does not cross over t ... Read More
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