Doctor insights on: Recurrent subconjunctival hemorrhage

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What is subconjunctival hemorrhage?

What is subconjunctival hemorrhage?

Blood under conj: Blood under conjunctiva (thin tissue that covers white of eye & inside of lids). May be due to injury, straining (coughing, lifting vomiting) or disease process. Often, however, the cause is not known. The redness is profound & blood color & may cover entire white of eye. Usually painless, this problem will clear on its own but this may take weeks. ...Read more

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Can subconjunctival hemorrhage be cured?

Can subconjunctival hemorrhage be cured?

Only with time: Subconjunctival hemorrhage occurs when a blood vessel on the eye's surface develops a microscopic tear. Although it heals almost immediately, the blood that leaks out is stuck under the conjunctiva. The blood will naturally be resorbed and removed by the body, much like a bruise. There is no treatment that can speed this process, which can take up to a few weeks. ...Read more

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Dpes subconjunctival hemorrhage last long?

Dpes subconjunctival hemorrhage last long?

No: It depends on a few factors, including how large the hemorrhage is, and what caused the hemorrhage. Some go away in a day or two, many take 7-10 days, and some can take even longer. ...Read more

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Subconjunctival hemorrhage, ok to exercise?

Subconjunctival hemorrhage, ok to exercise?

Yes: But realize that if you strain (Valsalva) significantly, it may predispose you to another hemorrhage. ...Read more

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Can subconjunctival hemorrhage be related to contacts?

Contacts and hem.: Soft contact lenses overlap onto the conjunctiva of the eye and could possibly irritate a small superficial vessel that could bleed. Also, the manipulation involved with inserting and removing contacts could cause superficial conjunctival hemorrhage. The hemorrhages clear spontaneously and are mostly a cosmetic issue, as they cannot get into the eye. ...Read more

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What causes subconjunctival hemorrhage to last so long?

What causes subconjunctival hemorrhage to last so long?

Slow absorption: This benign event in most cases, involves the absorption of blood from the subconjunctival space, which can do this but this is not the ordinary function of this space. So absorption takes a while but will happen. ...Read more

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What should I do if I have a subconjunctival hemorrhage?

See an eye doctor: See an eye doctor to make sure that that's all it is. If it is only a subconjunctival hemorrhage, then time will resolve this (usually several days). ...Read more

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How much time does subconjunctival hemorrhage take to go?

Depends on the size: The usual small subconjunctival hemorrhage takesa bout 10 days to resolve. If it is large covering more than half of the white of the eye it can take 2-3 weeks. ...Read more

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Does subconjunctival hemorrhage usually cause many symptoms?

No: Usually it does not, unless it is from excess rubbing from ocular irritation. Consider an evaluation with your eye doctor if it is recurrent because you may have a bleeding disorder or something serious. ...Read more

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Is it ok to work out if I have a subconjunctival hemorrhage?

Is it ok to work out if I have a subconjunctival hemorrhage?

Most likely yes: If it is isolated and not related to injury or underlying disease you should be fine. ...Read more

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Is there any way to stop subconjunctival hemorrhage quickly?

Is there any way to stop subconjunctival hemorrhage quickly?

During surgery: It is easy to apply direct pressure with a cotton-tip or to use a pencil cautery to stop a subconjunctival hemorrhage. It is easy to perform due to the use of a surgical microscope. Performing this without one and by oneself may induce an unplanned injury. ...Read more

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What are the most common symptoms of subconjunctival hemorrhage?

Red eye: Subconjunctival hemorrhage, the seepage of a small amount of blood (like a drop) into the space under the conjunctival lining of the eye overtop the white (sclera) is usually benign. The most dramatic thing is the bright red blood which can spread. Some sense a little fullness and slight blur. Pain is rare. Resolution is the rule and no treatment is required. ...Read more

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Can a subconjunctival hemorrhage leave a permanent mark or stain?

Can a subconjunctival hemorrhage leave a permanent mark or stain?

No: They always resolve in 1-2 weeks. They can rebleed and last longer. If this happens, an evaluation of blood clotting should be done. ...Read more

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Do lots of people get subconjunctival hemorrhage, or is it unusual?

Do lots of people get subconjunctival hemorrhage, or is it unusual?

Somewhat common: This is a benign bleeding from a small vein in the space under the clear conjunctiva over the white of the eye. Due to oxygen exposure it stays very red until absorbed. It can spread over a broad area and look very dramatic. Usually there are no symptoms except the redness. If the vision is changed, or there is pain, see your ophthalmologist. Otherwise you can wait it out. ...Read more

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What is the definition or description of: subconjunctival hemorrhage?

See Below: This is when a blood vessel along the outer surface of the eye breaks, causing blood to ooze out into the space between the conjunctiva and the sclera. ...Read more

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