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Doctor insights on: Broken Blood Vessel In Eye (Subconjunctival Hemorrhage)

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Dr. Bryan Treacy
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I have a subconjunctival hemorrhage.Started hurting to touch my eye so I looked and saw that there are bright red veins only on my left eyelid.Why?

I have a subconjunctival hemorrhage.Started hurting to touch my eye so I looked and saw that there are bright red veins only on my left eyelid.Why?

Eye pain: was there an injury to the eye that caused the subconjunctival hemorrhage? If so could have had trauma to the eyelid as well. Infection could also be a cause. Best to have this evaluated. Hope this helps Good luck ...Read more

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Why is it when the eye suffers a subconjunctival hemorrhage the blood does not enter the iris?

Why is it when the eye suffers a subconjunctival hemorrhage the blood does not enter the iris?

Separate spaces: The blood in a subconjunctival hemorrhage is underneath the conjunctival and over the sclera. This is a space which does not communicate with the eye interior. So blood in that space remains outside and will not enter or stain the iris nor will it enter or stain the cornea. ...Read more

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Broken blood vessel in eye, should I be concerned?

Broken blood vessel in eye, should I be concerned?

Broken blood vessels: This does not affect the vision, or eye pressure. More frequent in those on prophylactic Aspirin therpay. See you eye care professional. ...Read more

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I got into a fight and may have broken blood vessel in my eye?

I got into a fight and may have broken blood vessel in my eye?

No sweat: The blood wil clear sooner or later. See ophthalomologist to rule out any trauma to the eye structures. ...Read more

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Camomile eye drops for broken blood vessel?

Camomile eye drops for broken blood vessel?

No treatment: I'm unaware of any respectable company producing chamomile eye drops. There are no eyedrops that will help with broken blood vessels on the eye. They are harmless and will spontaneously resolve. ...Read more

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Could violent vomiting cause a broken blood vessel in my eyeball?

Could violent vomiting cause a broken blood vessel in my eyeball?

Yes: Any activity which can significantly increase the pressure in your head or chest, like violent sneezing, coughing, or vomiting, could be related to a subconjunctival hemorrhage (broken blood vessel). These will not affect your eyesight, and should clear in 7-10 days. It is more likely if the person has high blood pressure, or is taking blood thinners. No treatment is required in most cases. ...Read more

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How long does it take to get rid of blood in eye from broken blood vessel?

How long does it take to get rid of blood in eye from broken blood vessel?

Varies: Blood from a broken vessel in the eye, subconjunctival hemorrhage, can take few days-weeks to completely disappear. It is similar to getting a bruise elsewhere on your body. It can take longer if you are on blood thinner such as aspirin. ...Read more

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I had a cold for 3 days, which is now in my left sinus. I woke up with a broken blood vessel in my left eye and redness.

I had a cold for 3 days, which is now in my left sinus. I woke up with a broken blood vessel in my left eye and redness.

Not to worry: The broken blood vessel was probably caused by coughing or sneezing related to your cold. It will resolve over the next 7-10 days. ...Read more

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How can I heal broken blood vessel in my eye?

How can I heal broken blood vessel in my eye?

Time will heal: Think of this as a very visible "bruise" which will slowly, usually in a week, change color and fade away. If especially large, it can resemble a blood blister and become raised. It can also migrate across the surface of the eye since there is little under the clear membrane to keep it localized. In some people , if it's large, I have seen it creep into the lower lid skin with gravity. ...Read more

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Should you exercise with a broken blood vessel in your eye?

Should you exercise with a broken blood vessel in your eye?

Fine: A simple subconjunctival hemorrhage is benign ; can use otc tears 3-4x/day till gone ; exercise without restriction. However, true eversion movements should be avoided. ...Read more

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I've had a broken blood vessel in my eye for years. Is there any cure?

I've had a broken blood vessel in my eye for years. Is there any cure?

Broken blood vessel?: Patients with dry eyes and allergies can rub their eyes and experience recurrent broken blood vessels from the physical trauma of rubbing the eyes. In some patients it can be due to elevated inr (too much coumadin) or excessive use of Aspirin or ibuprofen. Treating the dry eye or allergies can reduce this. If you have easy bruising or bleeding, check with your primary care doctor. ...Read more

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What does a broken blood vessel in the eye mean?

What does a broken blood vessel in the eye mean?

Usually nothing: Sub conjunctival hemorrhage is a common condition. It may be due to blood pressure ore eye pressure. But usually a cause is not found. Any valsalva maneuver may cause a capillary to break, even heavy lifting or constipation. It is usually benign. But have your eyes checked. ...Read more

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I had a headache and I woke up w/ a broken blood vessel in my eye..Is that abnormal?

I had a headache and I woke up w/ a broken blood vessel in my eye..Is that abnormal?

Probably not related: I don't know how a headache could have caused a bleed on the surface of the eye, unless you had vomiting with the headache. The broken blood vessel is self limited, and is not dangerous. ...Read more

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Is it okay to wear contacts with a broken blood vessel in the eye?

Is it okay to wear contacts with a broken blood vessel in the eye?

Yes but......: If the hemorrhage is large enough to be elevated, the contact may not fit well and could cause problems. ...Read more

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