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Subconjunctival hemorrhage (bleeding in eye) causes?

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Dr. Jeffrey Paul
Ophthalmology 39 years experience
Usually benign: Broken blood vessels on the surface of the eye (subconjunctival hemorrhages) are very common. They are more common in individuals treated for high blood pressure, or those patients using blood thinning medications called anticoagulants. They can be caused by a simple sneeze or cough, or rubbing the eye inadvertantly while sleeping. If recurrent, have BP checked and blood clotting tests done.
Dr. Richard Bensinger
Ophthalmology 52 years experience
Weak veins: Subconjunctival hemorrhage is due to leakage from fragile veins in the conjunctiva. This can be caused by rubbing the eye, sneezing, straining and light trauma. Frequently no cause is identified. Almost always it is benign and will absorb with no consequences. See your ophthalmologist if it is recurrent.
Dr. Michael Ham
Ophthalmology 27 years experience
Bleed: This is a sub-conjunctival hemorrhage. As long as the vision is unchanged and there is no pain, everything should be fine. If it is a little irritated, then you can use an artificial tear up to 4 times a day to lubricate. This is due to a blood vessel leaking blood and is usually without cause. Sometimes straining or blood thinner can cause this. If it continues to happen, follow up with eye md.
Dr. David Malitz
Ophthalmology 30 years experience
typically there is no identified cause. Often it is associated with coughing, sneezing or straining.
Apr 7, 2013

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A 41-year-old member asked:

How do you treat subconjunctival hemorrhage (bleeding in eye)?

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Dr. Ilan Cohen
Ophthalmology 25 years experience
You don't: Subconjunctival hemorrhage does not require treatment. It will resolve on its own in a matter of weeks and will cause no damage.
A 33-year-old member asked:

Should i wear contacts? Subconjunctival hemorrhage (bleeding in eye)

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Dr. Jodi Luchs
LASIK Surgery 30 years experience
OK: A sub-conjunctival hemorrhage is not a contraindication to contact lens wear. However, in general, if the eye feels uncomfortable with the lens however, remove the lens until the eye clears up.

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