What is a Subconjunctival Hemorrhage?

A subconjunctival hemorrhage is the medical term used to describe a break in the blood vessels beneath the conjunctiva of the eye. Anytime you see visible blood in your eye, seek medical treatment from your eye doctor immediately.

What are the Symptoms of a Subconjunctival Hemorrhage?
Red, bloody appearing eye.

How Common are Subconjuntival Hemorrhages?
Subconjunctival hemorrhages are fairly common, especially in people who participate in activities that result in blows to the eye such as boxing.

What Causes Subconjunctival Hemorrhages?

  • Eye trauma
  • Heavy lifting, coughing, sneezing or laughing
  • Constipation
  • Blood thinner medications
  • Vitamin K deficiency

How is a Subconjunctival Hemorrhage Diagnosed?
Diagnosing a subconjunctival hemorrhage begins with a comprehensive eye exam at Shanks Family Eye Care. During this exam, your doctor uses tests to evaluate your conjunctiva to determine the extent of the hemorrhage and to asses if it is causing any decrease in vision.

How is a Subconjunctival Hemorrhage Treated?

Artificial tears to soothe the eye. Rest and time: like most cuts and bruises, it can take around 10 days for a subconjunctival hemorrhage to dissipate.