Sub-conjunctival Hemorrhage

Tuesday, October 08, 2013

Bleeding into the white of the eye can look very alarming but it is actually a very common occurence. Dr. Edward Hill more about the condition, called sub-conjunctival hemorrhage, in todays 60 Second Housecall.

Dr. Hill:

Bleeding into the white of the eye, called sub-conjunctival hemorrhage, is caused by a leaking blood vessel in the eye. Part or all of the white of the eye becomes bright red.

The conjunctiva is the thin, clear membrane that covers the white part of the eye. It protects and lubricates the eyeball. It contains nerves and many small blood vessels that are fragile and may rupture easily. A sub-conjunctival hemorrhage appears as a bright red or dark red patch on the sclera.

The following can cause a sub-conjunctival hemorrhage:

Sneezing

Coughing

Vomiting

Eye rubbing

Injury

High blood pressure

Bleeding disorder, or

An eye infection

This hemorrhage usually causes no problems. As the hemorrhage resolves, some people may experience a mild irritation of the eye.

Usually no treatment is needed for the condition. Call your eye specialist if the hemorrhage does not get better within two weeks or if it happens repeatedly.

For North Mississippi Medical Center, Im Dr. Edward Hill.