Subconjunctival Hemorrhage

What Causes the White of the Eye to Turn Red?

If a bright red spot appears on the white of your eye without any other symptoms, like pain or impaired vision, it is most likely due to the hemorrhaging of tiny blood vessels underneath the conjunctiva. These broken blood vessels in the eye are also known as a subconjunctival hemorrhage.

What Can Cause a Subconjunctival Hemorrhage?

The blood vessels in the eye are very fragile, so a subconjunctival hemorrhage can be caused by a simple activity such as sneezing, coughing, or vomiting. Other, more significant causes include a jarring blow to the head, childbirth, weight lifting, or uncontrolled blood pressure.

Subconjunctival Hemorrhage Treatment

Luckily, blood in the white of the eye is a condition that looks much worse than it actually is. Typically, the blood will slowly be absorbed and the eye will heal itself completely. This recovery time takes about one to three weeks. However, if the blood on the white of your eye does not subside, or is accompanied by other symptoms, it’s best to see an ophthalmologist. He or she will be able to determine what is causing the problem and suggest an appropriate treatment.

At Rochester Eye Care, we can solve all of your vision problems, including your eye turning red. Contact our Rochester, MI office to schedule an appointment today.

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