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blood vessel broke in eye almost healed. can i wear contacts?

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Dr. Colin McCannel
Retinal Surgery 30 years experience
Yes: If the broken blood vessel you are referring to caused redness on the white of the eye, and nothing else, you can wear contacts when it resolves.

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A 36-year-old member asked:

Is it safe to swim with popped eye blood vessel?

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Dr. David Kira
Ophthalmology 21 years experience
Maybe: If the hemorrhage isn't due to trauma and you are found to be otherwise healthy then yes, it's ok to swim with it. Be sure to use lots of artificial tears to limit the eye irritation.
A 27-year-old member asked:

How exactly do you pop a blood vessel in your eye?

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Dr. David Kira
Ophthalmology 21 years experience
Usually friction: The vast majority of conjunctival hemorrhages are caused by dry eyes which can be helped with artificial tears. Sometimes, the bleeding can be worsened by use of anticoagulants such as Coumadin (warfarin) or plavix. Other causes include uncontrolled blood pressure and bleeding disorders. If you have headaches or other symptoms, please see your ophthalmologist right away.
A 41-year-old member asked:

What should you do when you break a small blood vessel under your eye?

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Dr. David Kira
Ophthalmology 21 years experience
Usually observe: Usually, these small hemorrhages are no problem and resolve in 10-14 days. Artificial tears can help since most are caused by dry eyes. Sometimes, these hemorrhages can be indicative of something more serious such as uncontrolled blood pressure or bleeding disorder. If the spots recur or are accompanied by headache or other symptoms, see your doctor right away.
A 40-year-old member asked:

What can cause a blood vessel to burst in eye?

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Dr. David Miller
Dr. David Miller answered
Family Medicine 10 years experience
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 sneeze or a cough although heavy lifting and vomiting can also play a role. Chronic high blood pressure can predispose you to this as can blood-thinning medications such as Aspirin and Coumadin (warfarin) and certain herbal supplements such as ginkgo.
A 47-year-old member asked:

My grandmother popped a blood vessel in her eye. What should we do?

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Dr. Jay Bradley
LASIK Surgery 18 years experience
Subconjunctival heme: Your description sounds like a subconjunctival hemorrhage which is very common. The most common cause is dry eye/ ocular surface irritation which would explain your headache. I would try using artificial tears and observation. If you develop decreased vision or increased pain, you should see an eye doctor.

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