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What Causes Broken or Burst Blood Vessels in the Eyes?

Updated on August 23, 2016

A broken blood vessel in the eye is known as a sub-conjunctival haemorrhage. It can look pretty horrific (as in the above image), but will not cause any damage to your eyesight and is purely cosmetically unpleasant.

Normally, the first thing you will notice is an unsightly red patch over part, or all of the white, of your eye. Most of the time they will appear with no apparent cause (although, they can be triggered by trauma to the eye amongst other things I shall cover within this article). More often than not, you will not feel any pain or sensation when you have experienced a sub-conjunctival haemorrhage, although occasionally you might feel a slight stinging or irritation.

The leaked blood is held in place by the conjunctiva, (a thin membrane that covers the surface of your eye). The conjunctiva does not cover the iris of the eye though, so it is impossible for the leaked blood to interfere with your vision.

If your sub-conjunctival haemorrhage has been caused by trauma to the eye, such as a punch, a squash ball etc., then you should seek the advice of your doctor in case any other damage has been caused.

Other causes for a sub-conjunctival haemorrhage include high blood pressure, constipation, stress, coughing or sneezing excessively, and on rare occasions, they can be associated with blood clotting problems in people taking aspirin, anticoagulents, or people who already have a history of blood clotting disorders.

Most of the time you will not need to take any action to get rid of the broken blood vessel in your eye. Like a bruise, it will gradually change colour and vanish over the next few days or weeks (depending on the severity of the bleed). It may take a little longer than a normal bruise to disappear because the conjunctiva is so thin that a certain amount of oxygen can still get to the blood.

High Blood Pressure

This is the most common cause of broken blood vessels in the eyes (as well as many other health problems including heart attacks, strokes etc.). It is crucial that you do everything in your power to keep your blood pressure down at healthy levels, and apart from obvious factors such as eating a heart healthy diet and regular exercise, you can also include some natural supplements in your diet such as garlic capsules, hawthorn, or folic acid. (Always consult your doctor before taking any supplements.)

A Heart Healthy Diet

Avoid:
Include:
Excessive alcohol
5 portions of any fruit or vegetables per day (canned, fresh frozen etc)
Excessive salt
2 portions of fish per week, at least one of which should be oily such as mackerel, trout or salmon
Saturated fats
Cereal, rice, and pasta
Chemical food additives such as MSG
 
Dairy products
 
Caffeine
 
Smoking
 

Constipation

Another common cause of subconjunctival hemorrhages is constipation. The straining involved in passing a stubborn bowel movement can cause blood vessels to rupture—not just in the eyes, but also in the anus (causing hemorrhoids).

To avoid constipation:

  • Always make sure you drink plenty of water.
  • Try to include plenty of fibre in your diet in the form of fruit and vegetables.
  • Regular exercise can also keep things "moving," so if nothing else, try to take a brisk 10 minute walk every day.
  • Train yourself to go to the toilet and pass a bowel movement every morning. The longer you leave the stool in the bowel, the harder it will be to ultimately pass it at all.
  • Try taking additives such as Triphala which consists of three herbs: amla (emblica officinalis), harada (terminalia chebula), and behada (terminalia belerica).
  • Avoid certain foods dairy products, red meats, fried foods, and chips.
  • I've found this particularly good advice on the subject of constipation.

Stress

Stress is often difficult to avoid as we have to go through our day to day lives facing bills, sick relatives, pressures at work etc, but you can help to minimise the stress this causes you in a number of ways.

How to deal with stressful situations:

  1. Avoid the situation.
  2. Adapt to the situation.
  3. Alter the situation.
  4. Accept the situation.

Coughing and Sneezing

Needless to say we all cough and sneeze at one time or another. It is not something you can really do much about unless it is happening to an inappropriate degree, (in which case, you should consult your GP). Obviously, if you have a bad cold then you are going to snuffle, sneeze, and cough, so the best thing you can do is try to take lots of Vitamin C, stay warm, and (if possible) take some cough medicine that will reduce the symptoms of a cold until you have fully recovered.

Above All

Don't panic! This condition does not mean that you are in imminent danger of a stroke or that you have developed a brain tumour. It is, in fact, very common and can happen for no apparent reason whatsoever. It might look a bit unsightly for a while, but it will soon vanish leaving you none the worse for your experience.

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      Suiiki 7 years ago from City of the Newly Wed and Nearly Dead

      As I discovered the other day, it can also happen by walking into a large freezer at the supermarket. Amy managed to do this (It's beyond me how she managed to NOT notice the thing) and apparently hit her face a lot harder than she thought. Luckily her's was a very minor one and now it's reduced to a slightly unattractive yellow spot in her eye, which is mostly healed. But it was cause for panic when I noticed a red spot in her eye the next day! (Stubborn girl that she is, she refused to go to a clinic with me. If the health care is free, USE IT. I just don't get that girl sometimes.)

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      Cindy Lawson 7 years ago from Guernsey (Channel Islands)

      Hi Suiiki, well at least she was okay and it was nothing too serious or long lasting. Thanks for the feedback :)

    • "Quill" 7 years ago

      Watched one day as three of us were sitting having coffee, one fellow had a eye which started bleeding, cause unknown but something that certainly caught our attention...Great hub and very informative.

      Blessings

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      Tatjana-Mihaela 7 years ago from Zadar, CROATIA

      Several months ago, I got it when I was negotiating bussiness partnership with one colleague of mine. I immediately stopped negotitations, because at first I was in worry because of BP, but my BP is almost always normal or even low... Heh, the real reason was stress which would partnership brought, so my body noticed it before and worned me on possible danger...

      Excellent Hub, Cindy...

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      Hello, hello, 7 years ago from London, UK

      I have learned something there, I never knew anything about. Thank you for the information.

    • diogenes 7 years ago

      I had one of these about 6 months ago; they take a while to clear up and you feel like a vampire in the meantime!... Bob

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      Cindy Lawson 7 years ago from Guernsey (Channel Islands)

      Hi Quill, pleased you enjoyed this and thanks for your feedback :)

      Thanks Tatjana, glad to hear that this warning helped you to deal with the stress that caused it :)

      Hi Hello Hello, I thought this might be useful as my Mum just got one of these in the last day or two and was worried as to what had caused it and what it meant.

      Hi Bob, I must admit looking at the pictures is a bit like looking at a vampire in a horror movie :)

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      Paradise7 7 years ago from Upstate New York

      God, those pictures! Gave me the willies, but I read the article. Very articulate, informative and well-written. Good job!

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      Cindy Lawson 7 years ago from Guernsey (Channel Islands)

      Cheers Paradise, the pictures are a bit freaky I agree, glad you enjoyed the article though :)

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      Dr.Kulsum Mehmood 7 years ago from Nagpur, India

      Thanks for the excellent hub. Those photographs are really very nice.

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      Cindy Lawson 7 years ago from Guernsey (Channel Islands)

      Thanks Kulsum, although I am not sure I would describe the photos as 'nice' LOL :)

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      Rachel Willson 7 years ago

      Really good stuff! You've done a very nice job of explaining the condition.

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      Cindy Lawson 7 years ago from Guernsey (Channel Islands)

      Thanks Rachel, glad it helped :)

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      electricsky 6 years ago from North Georgia

      Those eye hemorrhages look downright spooky.

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      Cindy Lawson 6 years ago from Guernsey (Channel Islands)

      LOL electricsky, they do don't they :)

    • fdf 6 years ago

      thanks for the pix, helped determine it wasn't pink eye

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      Cindy Lawson 6 years ago from Guernsey (Channel Islands)

      No problem, thanks fdf.

    • hannah  6 years ago

      my grandmas eye when she was driving it had looked exactly like the first pic at the top of the page.

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      Cindy Lawson 6 years ago from Guernsey (Channel Islands)

      Interesting, thanks for commenting Hannah.

    • WildIris 6 years ago

      This article was so much more informative than others I read on the web. Informative, clear writing. Pics are great illustrations of the how a hemorrhage may appear.

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      Cindy Lawson 6 years ago from Guernsey (Channel Islands)

      Thanks WildIris, that is a lovely compliment and I am glad you found this so informative.

    • Julie 6 years ago

      Wow, this article and pics were very helpful! The pics made me feel more at ease since the blood is going around the whole eye, and looks really gross. I'm still really trying to figure out how or why it really happened... Thank you so much for so much info and great pics!

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      Cindy Lawson 6 years ago from Guernsey (Channel Islands)

      Hi Julie, I am glad this helped to put your mind at ease :)

    • GJF 6 years ago

      I got these from vomiting a few days ago. It was almost like two black eyes, not quite the severe purple/black bruising, but swollen eyelids with burst capillaries, which definitely looked noticeable! The swelling and broken capillaries in my eyelids went down after day 1, but I still have some broken capillaries, almost yellowish bruising at times and blood spots on my eye balls. The biggest blood spots are mostly only visible on parts of the eye that my eyelids cover, which is good. Vision didn't seem to be affected too much after the first day or so, so I'm not stressing too much. I'm hoping it heals in the next week (at the most) though! Thanks for the time lapse pics.

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      Cindy Lawson 6 years ago from Guernsey (Channel Islands)

      Hi GJF, wow, that is bad if it affected your eyelids too. I am sure the whites of your eyes will recover quickly though, most likely within the next week unless you are very badly damaged.

    • sue 6 years ago

      it happens to me alot, one time went to 3 drs. was really nothing wrong. thanks for sharing, when it happens to u,one tends to freak.

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      Cindy Lawson 6 years ago from Guernsey (Channel Islands)

      Hi Sue, thanks for commenting and reassuring more people that it looks far worse that it actually is.

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      ss sneh 6 years ago from the Incredible India!

      It looks horrific indeed. Very useful hub! -- Thanks

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      Cindy Lawson 6 years ago from Guernsey (Channel Islands)

      Cheers ss sneh :)

    • casey 5 years ago

      My mom just experienced this. She was quite shocked to see it! She now looks like she has a black eye in addition to having the blood red eye! I haven't seen anyone mention the movement of blood into the skin tissue...is this also common? She is on dialysis for renal failure.

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      Cindy Lawson 5 years ago from Guernsey (Channel Islands)

      Hi casey, I can't really see how it could get into the skin tissue too, unless she had experienced a direct trauma to the entire eye area, e.g. a punch, walking into an object such as the end of a scaffold pole etc. However, a good friend of mine has just had a kidney transplant, and he bruises ever so easily, so it is possible that if her initial injury to the eye area was caused by an impact, even a mild one, then she could experience the sub-conjunctival haemorrhage as well as nasty bruising. Having said all of that I am not an expert, and this article was based on research at the time.

    • casey 5 years ago

      Thank you! Mom said she had a bad headache before the blood vessel burst. She got checked out...everything appeared to be fine. However, today she mentioned the 'black eye'. We'll see what tomorrow brings. She doesn't report having any eye pain.

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      Cindy Lawson 5 years ago from Guernsey (Channel Islands)

      In her condition even rubbing the eye when tired might cause bruising, and it could just be coincidental to the burst blood vessel which may just be linked to the severe headache. Certain medications she may be on for her renal failure could have helped to cause both the bruising and the broken blood vessel. I am sure she will be fine though so don't worry.

    • Pamela 5 years ago

      Thank you so much for the information and pics listed on this site! I'd experienced my first broken blood vessel in my left eye yesterday. I'm pretty sure it occurred either by lifting a few heavy boxes at work a couple of days prior (over my shoulder/above filing cabinet)or it may have occurred during a quick sneezefest recently. It freaked me out initially upon looking in the mirror, as the vessel burst while I sleeping the night before.

      IMPORTANT: I'd like to note that, on the day prior to the vessel bursting, I'd noticed a distinct pink, straight line within my eye. Normally, strained eyes have a pink wave-like pattern in appearance. Even though the pics are a bit unsightly, there is no pain involved whatsoever, unless trauma is involved in the eye. Just hope the redness disappears in a couple of weeks! :>) Warm compresses (in five minute increments) really help to break up the red spots. It is important to have your eyes checked afterwards, just in case an artery is involved or potential internal bleeding has taken place. Be prepared to have your eyes dilated if you visit a dr. or hospital.

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      Cindy Lawson 5 years ago from Guernsey (Channel Islands)

      Good information Pamela, thanks for sharing it here. I hope your eye returns to normal soon.

    • Pamela 5 years ago

      Misty,

      Super quick healing time! 7 days post blood vessel burst: I only have a thin, red line around the inner portion of my iris. Realized the warm compresses are the secret ingredient in healing faster + I've taken aspirin once a day for the past 3 days which seemed to speed up the process. -Pam

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      Cindy Lawson 5 years ago from Guernsey (Channel Islands)

      Excellent news Pamela, I am so glad your eye is virtually back to normal. Thanks so much for posting back here to let us know your progress too. It is not abnormal for it to only take a matter of a few days for the broken blood vessels visible effects to vanish, so I wouldn't imagine the warm compresses were necessarily significant, (or the aspirin), in your healing time, but I doubt they have done any harm either :)

      Also, worth noting this quote from my Hub above: "and on rare occasions they can even be associated with blood clotting problems such as in people taking aspirin, anticoagulents or people who already have a history of blood clotting disorders."

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      Cindy Lawson 5 years ago from Guernsey (Channel Islands)

      So the aspirin may possibly have helped if you did have any history of blood clotting previously!

    • Pamela 5 years ago

      Good evening, Misty.

      No, I've never had any history of bloood clotting and my blood pressure has been normal. My eye is virtually 99% normal now. :>) Hope this doesn't happen again or anytime soon. I really feel for others going thru this. Thanks again for all of your helpful comments.

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      Cindy Lawson 5 years ago from Guernsey (Channel Islands)

      Sounds like you simply went through the natural healing process then Pamela, but at least you are virtually back to normal now. These are very rare for most of us, so I doubt you will see one again (if ever) for a very long time if you have no history of blood clotting or high blood pressure. Good news all in all.

      Thanks for posting back here :)

    • me 5 years ago

      Thank you for your help.

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      Cindy Lawson 5 years ago from Guernsey (Channel Islands)

      You are very welcome me :)

    • cays 5 years ago

      I came across this while I was trying to figure out how to make mine go away. I knew what it was and how I got it, but I just want them gone. They look HORRID. The lower half of both eyes is completely red! Everyone keeps asking me what the heck happened to my eyes, it's really bugging me.

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      Cindy Lawson 5 years ago from Guernsey (Channel Islands)

      Hi cays, I hope the article helped in some way then. At least you know they will be gone soon. Good Luck.

    • Melanie 5 years ago

      Hey, i have a blood vessel burst in my eye from lasik surgery. It is 20 days ago and only sligthly better :( does anyone of you have experience with this? As the doctor said that it normally takes 10-14 days. I am starting to freak out. I ve an appointment again next week. But getting crazy in the meantime :(

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      Cindy Lawson 5 years ago from Guernsey (Channel Islands)

      This is a new one on me Melanie, but the key could well be in the Doctor's words i.e. 'normally', in other words 'it my be less or it may be longer'. Ask the Doctor when you go back to them, and meanwhile look after yourself, and avoid any activity that might make it worse (see hub for ideas on this).

      I hope you are back to normal soon.

    • Jo Linda 5 years ago

      The pictures really helped me not to panic,lol. I thought I was going to loose my eyesight or something tragic. I'm not well and have so many different health issues and I don't need another one to stress over. Thank you so very much!

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      Cindy Lawson 5 years ago from Guernsey (Channel Islands)

      You are very welcome Jo Linda, I am glad I have put your mind at rest :)

    • Mary 5 years ago

      Question when this happens is there pain with it or is this something that I should be worried about? Pain has been shooting in the area off and on for since it happen 3 days ago and the blood spot is getting worse.

    • snbird 5 years ago

      Question when this happens is there pain with it or is this something that I should be worried about? Pain has been shooting in the area off and on since it happen 3 days ago and the blood spot is getting worse.

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      Cindy Lawson 5 years ago from Guernsey (Channel Islands)

      I would be inclined to get that checked out Mary / snbird as if you received a jab or other invasion of the eye, you could have torn the surface and need treatment. This recently happened to a friend of mine when her Husband accidentally poked her in the eye and his nail tore her cornea badly. She had to go to hospital, and they told her she might even need surgery, she also had to apply drops every day. Her pain was also agony. I would suggest a trip to your Doctor or your local hospital to get this looked at asap.

    • unknown 5 years ago

      noticed my eye had coverd itsself in blood yeasterday it looked just like the top one, have taken to waring an eypatch round to hide the horror, but i dont think my teachers at school will be verry happy with the eyepatch thing, how long do you think it will take to go if its like the first image on this page?

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      Cindy Lawson 5 years ago from Guernsey (Channel Islands)

      I would think about a week or so and you should be pretty much back to normal. I am sure if you show your teachers your eye they will understand why you want to wear an eye patch. I hope this helps :)

    • doodoo 5 years ago

      I popped blood vessels in both eyes when I puncheda kid in da face. I felt bad cuase thiey were still all red n shit three weeks after we fought

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      Cindy Lawson 5 years ago from Guernsey (Channel Islands)

      That is unusual doodoo, but hopefully the fact you felt bad about it is a good sign you will think twice before doing anything like that again. I hope you made up with him afterwards.

    • Im ugly now 5 years ago

      I popped blood vessels in both my eyes, they are pitch red, that was about 4 days ago, I have not seen any progress in my healing! I feel ugly! What can I do to help the healing process?? Please helllppp!

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      Cindy Lawson 5 years ago from Guernsey (Channel Islands)

      Hi There, Firstly don't worry, this will go away, and some may take longer than others. I would give it at least another week before you decide it isn't going to improve, and then go to your Doctor in case the problem is repeating itself for some reason. To the best of my knowledge there is nothing you can do to make it heal up faster, simply wait it out. Good Luck

    • Paula 5 years ago

      I have this right now! I don't feel it at all, but it looks SO disgusting and i absolutely HATE it! how can I get rid of it faster?

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      Cindy Lawson 5 years ago from Guernsey (Channel Islands)

      Sorry Paula, there isn't a magic way to get rid of it faster. Much like a bruise it will fade over the coming days and you just have to wait it out.

    • Lois 5 years ago

      Since May my left eye has popped a blood vessel 22 times. The eye is filled with blood when it happens and clears up in about 4 days. Then the following week it happens again. Has anybody had this ongoing problem.? Does anybody know why its recurs like it does?

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      Cindy Lawson 5 years ago from Guernsey (Channel Islands)

      Hi Lois,

      That is unusual unless you are on medications that are thinning the blood, e.g. aspirin. Do you consume a lot of alcohol, as this thins the blood too? Are you constipated on a regular basis as the straining can pop the blood vessels? High blood pressure is another cause, basically the reasons that cause one to burst (as included in this article) are likely to be the same reasons that you would get the problem on a regular basis (excluding direct trauma to the eye of course). You might want to get things like your blood pressure checked out if you haven;t done already, and you should discuss this with your Doctor if none of the above reasons make any sense to you based on your lifestyle.

      Good Luck.

    • Beth 5 years ago

      Could this happen if you change altitudes. We just came up in the mountains, only 3000 ft, but my eyes were red every day and then this blood spot thing happened. None of the other cause above are not applicable to me, unless I suddenly have high blood pressure.

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      Cindy Lawson 5 years ago from Guernsey (Channel Islands)

      I suspect it could happen as a result of altitudes because of the atmospheric pressure Beth. Nothing to worry about I am sure :)

    • Amanda Anderson 5 years ago

      Pheww glad to know it's going to go away:)

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      Cindy Lawson 5 years ago from Guernsey (Channel Islands)

      Yep, you should find it goes with a week or so, but if not you would probably want to check with a Doctor that the problem wasn't recurring.

    • Alan 5 years ago

      Can a broken blood vessel be cause by sleeping in your contacts?

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      Cindy Lawson 5 years ago from Guernsey (Channel Islands)

      I have not heard of that Alan, but maybe if you pushed one into your eye in your sleep, or possibly rubbed the eye whilst they were in (in much the same way as a trauma to the eye can cause them) it could happen.

    • shaquita` 5 years ago

      Thank you very much Misty, Your Article calmed me down very much. My only Question is if i should stop drinking alcolhalic beverages etc. Until my eye is completely cured (: Thanks

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      Cindy Lawson 5 years ago from Guernsey (Channel Islands)

      Good question shaquita, I would guess that this measure (not drinking alcohol) is better as a prevention as opposed to aiding a cure. Essentially you have a 'bruise' on your eye, so unless your doctor tells you otherwise I would assume a reasonable amount of alcohol would not make a difference. I am not an expert however, so you might want to speak to a doctor in case.

    • hcho 5 years ago

      my mom blood in her eye has been getting worse wat should i do?

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      Cindy Lawson 5 years ago from Guernsey (Channel Islands)

      Firstly hcho, if it only just happened it might appear to get worse, but then it will go the other way as it starts to heal. you don't say when it started or how long it has been like this. If it really is getting worse, then she needs to see a Doctor as there isn't really any other way to determine what the cause is and therefore the correct treatment.

    • Teresa 5 years ago

      Thank you so much, I was ready to panic because of how my husbands eye looks. It's just like some of the worst pics in this article. Very informative article and I'm much calmer now.

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      Cindy Lawson 5 years ago from Guernsey (Channel Islands)

      Pleased to have put your mind at rest Teresa :)

    • Erika E. 5 years ago

      OMG so glad I read this because I was FREAKING out!!! I woke up this AM to a slighty red eye and I figured I was just tired so as I went to put Visine in it and lifted my eyelid I saw a pool of blood and almost passed out! Thought I had had a stroke or aneurysm in my sleep!!! Glad you have posted this article...it will keep me sane until I can make it to the minor med later today!!

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      Cindy Lawson 5 years ago from Guernsey (Channel Islands)

      LOL Erika E. Don't worry, it will be gone before you know it and there is not really anything you can do other than wait it out.

    • Karyn 5 years ago

      I woke this morning with a burst blood vessel covering half the white of my eye. Got quite a shock and thought I should ring the optometrist. Naturally they said it should be looked at and I am short of time here at work. So, I looked this up on the web quickly and it has put my mind at ease. Many thanks to all.

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      Cindy Lawson 5 years ago from Guernsey (Channel Islands)

      No worries Karyn, I am sure you will be fine, but give it a few days and see how it looks. Naturally you should seek professional advice if it doesn't appear to be getting any better for any reason. Most likely it will gradually vanish though :)

    • curragh 5 years ago

      Poked my eye yesterday. All vessels burst. Look like a vampire. Going around wearing shades in rainy Ireland. Got some strange looks already. How would they look if I would take off my sunglasses????

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      Cindy Lawson 5 years ago from Guernsey (Channel Islands)

      LOL curragh, good point. I hope you haven't torn the surface of the eye at all, as this would be more serious and might even require surgery. You would be in a lot of pain if you had. If not it should heal as normal.

      At least you will look suitably scary for Halloween :)

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      peramore20 5 years ago from Turtle Creek, PA

      Good hub. It was very informative. It happened to be before and it definitely is aesthetically unappealing.

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      Cindy Lawson 5 years ago from Guernsey (Channel Islands)

      Thanks peramore20, I agree it is definitely not 'aesthetically pleasing', but thankfully heals quickly.

    • Colleen 5 years ago

      Thanks for the information, it has put my mind at ease as I get them every now and then,mostly they go within a few days, this one has lasted over a week and still looks as though I had a punch in the eye,sick of wearing sunnies.

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      Cindy Lawson 5 years ago from Guernsey (Channel Islands)

      Hi Colleen, hopefully yours will go soon, but don't forget to look at the other factors that might be causing you to get them regularly, e.g. constipation, aspirin etc. You might be able to limit the frequency with a few adjustments to your lifestyle.

    • Lala 5 years ago

      Hi I have this too mine is just beside the surface of the black Pupil and I had it for like 2 weeks and 3 days already its smaller tho but it's still visible and purple-ish red!I'm

      So scared it'll be permanent.

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      Cindy Lawson 5 years ago from Guernsey (Channel Islands)

      Interesting, if it is next to the pupil, and over the iris, then it sounds like it is not a standard case as these are usually over the white of the eye. I would suggest getting this checked out just in case, although it does sound like it is diminishing, only slower than a normal sub-conjunctival haemorrhage.

    • Lala 5 years ago

      What's an iris?

    • Lala 5 years ago

      Mine is just like the first picture but a way smaller version of it,but it's 2 weeks and three days!:(

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      Cindy Lawson 5 years ago from Guernsey (Channel Islands)

      The iris is the coloured part of your eye, i.e. blue if you are blue eyed, brown if you are brown eyed, green if you are green eyed etc.

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      Cindy Lawson 5 years ago from Guernsey (Channel Islands)

      Ah well, if yours is like the first picture it is away from both the iris and the pupil, and is actually under the cornea / on the sclera/white of the eye. This should be fine and continue to clear up as it has been doing so far. I wouldn't worry about it if I were you.

    • Lala 5 years ago

      Ohhh but it's taking so long!I'm worried it'll stay there forever

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      Cindy Lawson 5 years ago from Guernsey (Channel Islands)

      Don't worry Lala, so long as it is gradually diminishing you will find it is gone before you know it. It must have been quite a bad one to take so long to go, but everyone is different and you might just be a slow healer. I bet it has all but vanished, probably completely within the next 7 - 10 days.

    • adrian 5 years ago

      wat if your eye still hurts from sleeping in your contacts

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      Cindy Lawson 5 years ago from Guernsey (Channel Islands)

      That is something different adrian, but possibly you scratched the eye with the contact in your sleep, or maybe your eyes got too dry. You might need some medicated eye drops from your Doctor if you have damaged the surface of the eye.

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      internettie 5 years ago

      This happened to me just 2 days ago for no reason. I just looked in the mirror and freaked out! I thought right at first to look it up on the internet, then I made an appointment with my optomistrist. I saw her the next day and during her exam she said it was still leaking which was totally weird to me. I was told not to worry that I was not bleeding behind my eye and to go home and apply cold compress to it not hot. She said not to be surprised if it encompasses my whole eye. I asked why this happened and she said barometric pressure causes it. I would like to send a pic of my eye but don't see that option.

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      Cindy Lawson 5 years ago from Guernsey (Channel Islands)

      Thanks for this internettie. Interesting stuff, and it makes a sort of sense, although 'barometic pressure sounds a little weird as I would expect everyone in the vicinity to have them too on that basis! Also not sure a cold compress will make any difference based on what I researched, it would seem this would not make a difference to a bruise on your leg, so why would it to a 'bruise' on your eye? She may just be trying to 'justify' her fee. The photo would be a great addition to the article if you were agreeable and it is a good photo. If you contact me via the 'envelope' icon under my profile pic, I will email you back so you have my actual email address to send it to. Thanks :)

    • Jez 5 years ago

      I have had a red streaky line in my eye for nearly 3 weeks now been to hospital they said it was fine a bit grainy but fine . No pain or discomfort or loss of vision I have scheduled a eye appointment next week . Should I be concernd as I am a little ?

    • Jethro 5 years ago

      Hi I was wondering if you could help . About three weeks ago I noticed a few streaky lines like viens in my eye all red not a spot but about 3-4 veins syreaking off in different directions in between the middle corner of my eye and the middle . It's been 3 weeks now and I have been to the e.r. They told me it was fine after looking but a little grainy and gave me lacri-lube I have used it for a few days but still the same now . I have an eye appointment on next week as they said . Should I be concerned . Thank you for any advice as I am quite concerned .

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      Cindy Lawson 5 years ago from Guernsey (Channel Islands)

      I can't really answer this one Jethro as I am not an expert on eyes, and had to do research to write this article on the sub-conjunctival haemorrhages. What you describe is probably not the same thing, but I honestly don't know for certain. If the hospital weren't concerned I doubt you need to be either. The most important thing is that you are going for an eye appointment where an expert can advise you properly.

      Good Luck.

    • Jethro 5 years ago

      Thanks very much for trying to help I have no vision loss or pain so hope it will be ok . I will let you know the outcome just for refference . Thanks again .

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      Cindy Lawson 5 years ago from Guernsey (Channel Islands)

      Thanks Jethro, that would be great as the information you find out could well help someone else.

    • Hunter W. 5 years ago

      Mine was, and right now IS being caused by a dangerous BP at this time of typing this. I'm on the way to the doc in the a.m. Mine is also very painful, and it hurts to move my left eye, although I had several break in my right eye 2 days ago.So thin or heavy, just let your doctor know that this has happened so he/she can rule out the bad guys. Ciao.

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      Cindy Lawson 5 years ago from Guernsey (Channel Islands)

      Well said Hunter. I hope you are on the mend soon. I am sure you are already doing this, but I do give some good tips for diet change to keep your heart healthy and help reduce high blood pressure in the 'High Blood Pressure' section within the article. Hopefully other people reading this will also try eating more healthily if this is what is causing their problem.

      Thanks for posting and good luck.

    • Elaine Oh 5 years ago

      I had the sub-conjunctival haemorrhage few days ago, but do not have any of the common systom like HBP, cough ,constipation etc .It happen after i removed my contact lens in the evening ..curious to know what other possible causes my condition .

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      Cindy Lawson 5 years ago from Guernsey (Channel Islands)

      I can't really come up with anything else Elaine, otherwise I would have included it in this article when I wrote it. Had you taken anything that might have thinned your blood, e.g. alcohol, aspirin etc?

      Most of the time they do occur with no apparent cause, so it might be that in most cases their cause is destined to remain a mystery!

    • lacy 5 years ago

      hi i just got one of these in my left eye and it is completely filled with blood. but as to no pain in my case that is wrong i have been feeling lots of pain and feeling like my eye is really heavy and it really bothers me.

    • J J Walt 5 years ago

      Don't laugh, but I swallowed my 'Crowned tooth' which had a metal post on the end. I decided to make myself sick to get it back. OH...my...god After half an houjr of shoving all manner of things down my throat to make myself sick, everything appeared but my tooth, gross I know. Later in the day, my son said my eyes were bleeding. Thinking of all the worst horror films I know, I raced to a mirror to view my eyes. WOW, big red patches at the bottom of each one..ewww. Must have been the pressure of making myself sick for so long. Hoping they disappear soon. Hoping my toothe makes a re-appearance. On that note..wouldn't want to leave further information.

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      Cindy Lawson 5 years ago from Guernsey (Channel Islands)

      Hi Lacy, did you have any trauma to the eye first, as this will cause pain for obvious reasons? I would suggest getting an examination by a Doctor to check out why it is painful in any case.

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      Cindy Lawson 5 years ago from Guernsey (Channel Islands)

      Hi J J Walt, sorry, but I had to laugh. If ever your crown emerges from wherever, I am glad I am not the one who has to kiss you lol.

    • Angel 5 years ago

      I have a burst blood vessel in my left eye and It seem like the sun hurts it. If I wear a eye patch do you think it will stop the straining of the eye?

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      Cindy Lawson 5 years ago from Guernsey (Channel Islands)

      Well certainly it will reduce the discomfort of your eye being forced to focus Angel, but this is still an odd symptom of a burst blood vessel unless you had trauma to the eye in the first place. I would suggest getting it checked out professionally if it is painful, but be aware you might be 'imagining' discomfort based on your reaction to the appearance of the burst blood vessel within the eye.

    • Christeena 5 years ago

      My son got hit in the eye and it turned light pink.In a day it turned blood red,the second day totally red.He dad came home from working outta town and didn't know this had happen and he yells at me that I should have took him to the Dr but I felt as a mother of 5 that there was nothing the Dr could do.I felt like it was a busted vessel.I ask my son does it hurt? he says no I asked can you see clear? he says yes.So of course I turned to the web to find out and this page helped alot. I believe I've made the right choise cause there is nothing that can be done for a busted vessel but I enjoyed reading this and calming me to know I'm right for now. (maybe)???? Thanks

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      Cindy Lawson 5 years ago from Guernsey (Channel Islands)

      Hi Christeena, I am glad this was helpful to you and hope you can also reassure your Husband by getting him to read this too :)

    • Dc 5 years ago

      Hi, I randomly got one last Wednesday, it was above my eye. Now it is a lighter red, but going down either side of my eye (just in the white area). Taking forever....is this spreading from gravity? And this people wih full eyes of blood took how long to heal?

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      Cindy Lawson 5 years ago from Guernsey (Channel Islands)

      Hi Dc, you don't need to worry as to how it is spreading, that is down to nature. Basically within a week or two for one that is a 'full eye of blood' and it should be healed, or at worst, very nearly!

    • destiny 5 years ago

      I am sick, and have thrown up about 5 times between today and yesterday, when I look far to the side or up and down you can see the blood. How long will it take to go away? It's scary looking and my eyes have been a little puffy.

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      Cindy Lawson 5 years ago from Guernsey (Channel Islands)

      Well it is possible that the vomiting has caused the problem to occur, and if you are to avoid the problem happening again you should seek medical treatment from a Doctor to stop you being sick. You should not be able to see the blood the way you describe without a mirror though, because as I stated in this article "The leaked blood is held in place by the conjunctiva, (a thin membrane that covers the surface of your eye). The conjunctiva does not cover the iris of the eye though, so it is impossible for the leaked blood to interfere with your vision.". Are you quite sure this is not something you are imagining as a result of your unsightly appearance? If you are certain you can see it you should see your Doctor. If you just have a normal sub-conjunctival haemorrhage, then it should gradually vanish with in about a week to ten days, (although it will look pretty horrible right now).

    • fran 5 years ago

      Are headaches associated with this condition?

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      Cindy Lawson 5 years ago from Guernsey (Channel Islands)

      I haven't heard this Fran, and it seems unlikely, but you might want to double check this with your doctor in case something else is causing the headaches.

    • anitta 5 years ago

      my eye ball hurts is red and a film of water over it feel like sticking a pin to relieve pressure water on eyeball looks like a bubble what is this

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      Cindy Lawson 5 years ago from Guernsey (Channel Islands)

      I am afraid I don't know what it is you are describing Anitta, but I would suggest you immediately get it checked out by a Doctor, and restrain yourself from putting a pin anywhere near your eye.

    • nicole 5 years ago

      This is my husband second time in like a month getting this. The first time didn't look so bad and now it looks like the first picture on here. He's been getting headaches and feels ill when it happens. I'm kind of wondering if it's caused from him having a broken tooth that needs to be pulled out. That maybe the pain of the tooth is causing the headaches which then make him feel ill and his eye to do this.

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      Cindy Lawson 5 years ago from Guernsey (Channel Islands)

      I would advise speaking to a Doctor to be on the safe side Nicole.

    • Lex 5 years ago

      this happened to me. thanks for the info.

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      Cindy Lawson 5 years ago from Guernsey (Channel Islands)

      You are welcome Lex.

    • Jay V 5 years ago

      Thanks Me and everyone at my work was freaking out cause my eye looks like this.. well it started in one spot but looks like its spreading a little. I sneezed hard and my husband said my eye looked gross! :( today is day 2 hopefully it goes away ASAP! i am going to try warm compression tonight.

    • Babey gurl 5 years ago

      Hi everyone just wondering does it mean anything if you have an itch in the eye that the eye red?

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      Cindy Lawson 5 years ago from Guernsey (Channel Islands)

      Hi Jay, it might look awful, but it will soon clear up, and it sounds like the sneezing might have triggered the problem. I doubt the warm compression will speed up the healing process, it just needs to be left alone and waited out. Sorry, that is just the way it is!

      Good Luck and hope it heals soon.

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      Cindy Lawson 5 years ago from Guernsey (Channel Islands)

      Hi Babey Gurl, the itch could be purely psychyological as a result of seeing the red eye, but if it persists I would suggest consulting a Doctor in case this is not a standard sub conjunctival haemorrhage.

      Good Luck :)

    • Shayla 5 years ago

      Can it get bigger over time? How long does it take to go away?

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      Cindy Lawson 5 years ago from Guernsey (Channel Islands)

      At the start it may get bigger for a matter of hours, but you will generally find it vanishes bit by bit like a bruise, usually within days, maybe up to 2 weeks in extreme cases. This question is covered both within the article and within the comments.

    • Mija 5 years ago

      Very informative, and the pictures they are just so very detailed I should say.

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      Cindy Lawson 5 years ago from Guernsey (Channel Islands)

      Thanks Mija, glad you approve of this :)

    • corey 5 years ago

      I had some extreme vomiting Sunday morning and both of my eyes fillers almost completely and they feel heavy. Here it is 3 days later and it looks a little worse and my eyes still feel heavy. Any reason to worry or should I just wait a few more days to see if it looks a little better?

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      Cindy Lawson 5 years ago from Guernsey (Channel Islands)

      Well the vomiting is most likely the cause as you have guessed. Normally you start to see an improvement after a day or two, so if they definitely look worse, then I would go to your Doctor and get yourself checked out to make sure the bleeding is not recurring for some reason, e.g. because you take anticoagulents like aspirin or other medications etc.

      Good Luck

    • away with the fairies 5 years ago

      Hi just another thanks, had a bit of dust in my eye which caused alot of annoyance to say the least, I rubbed my eye quite a bit and then noticed my very red bloody eye, freaked a bit thought id research it and your hub was very informative.

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      Cindy Lawson 5 years ago from Guernsey (Channel Islands)

      Please this helped 'away with the fairies', I hope your eye is better soon :)

    • sguy 5 years ago

      Thanks. A question on 'growth' rather than recovery. I got a small one last night (about like the 'Day 1' photo above). This morning it was a little bit larger. A few hours later it was slightly larger again. Still nothing like half an eye or so. However, any idea on how long they may continue to bleed and grow before starting to reduce? Thanks (great hub!)

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      Cindy Lawson 5 years ago from Guernsey (Channel Islands)

      Sounds like you saw it just when it was starting sguy. I can't say how long this will continue, not least because the nature of the injury would be relevant. The best bet is to wait a day or so and then if it continues go to a Doctor, but the odds are it will have stopped increasing in size by then and be starting to reduce in size, in which case you shouldn't need to worry.

    • kate-666 5 years ago

      Interesting but looks serious although it is not. the pics were horrifying but i saw it all. this has once happened to me but it didn't cover the whole eye with blood. it was just a spot.

      you get the red thng in ur eye if u watch excess of t.v or sit at the computer all time, too. VERY INTERESTING HUB, MISTY. Tnxs 4 the hub.

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      Cindy Lawson 5 years ago from Guernsey (Channel Islands)

      Hi Kate, thanks for commenting. I don't think the red eye you get from watching too much TV or being in front of a computer is quite the same thing though. For a start it is not caused by broken blood vessels, although it might still appear the whites of your eyes are reddish :)

    • Abby1177 5 years ago

      I got this from being really sick at the weekend, looks horrific but does not hurt at all, getting more sympathy for this than the vomit bug!!!

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      Cindy Lawson 5 years ago from Guernsey (Channel Islands)

      LOL, yes, it is one of those conditions which looks so awful everyone winces in sympathy, even though it isn't generally painful at all Abby.

    • Lucy 5 years ago

      Funny story: After a cataract operation, my mom (who has brown eyes) had the red on both sides of her iris, making her whole eye look the same darkness. She walked by the mantle, where our cat was stretched out lying there relaxing. My mom and the cat were pretty at much eye level with each other and close to each other (very close) The cat took one look at her and shot up in the air in a panic. I guess he got the impression of a vampire, too!

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      Cindy Lawson 5 years ago from Guernsey (Channel Islands)

      Thanks for sharing Lucy, must have frightened the cat big time LOL.

    • laurence 5 years ago

      I actually hit my younger bro. in the left portion of his cheekbone and it cause him a blood clotting in his bottom-left eye, and the next 2days i recognized that it gradually become larger, about 2x of its first size, so i researched about this and thank god there's nothing to worry about, hope that he'll be better soon.

      thanks for the post!!!

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      Cindy Lawson 5 years ago from Guernsey (Channel Islands)

      I am glad you found this post too laurence, and I am sure you will be more careful in future. If it does continue to get bigger I would suggest going to a doctor though. Good Luck :)

    • DMC 4 years ago

      I have one of these things from a softball an its been a week an i have contant headaches! any advie? is it safe to put my contacts in???

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      Cindy Lawson 4 years ago from Guernsey (Channel Islands)

      If you have constant headaches you may have done some other damage with the softball, and I would go and see your Doctor. In the meantime I would not replace your contacts until you have had medical advice.

    • sherry 4 years ago

      This happened to me today...it appears to me it happened when I got out of the shower and rub my eyes with my towel..probably scratching the eye?

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      Cindy Lawson 4 years ago from Guernsey (Channel Islands)

      Don't worry Sherry, it will no doubt be gone very soon :)

    • tbird 4 years ago

      can you get it from failing on your butt

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      Cindy Lawson 4 years ago from Guernsey (Channel Islands)

      Good question tbird, no idea on that one as I haven't heard of that before.

    • drcaligari 4 years ago

      Hi i fell and hit the curb about 5 days ago and received a bad black eye that was badly swollen and a sub-conjunctival haemorrhage. The black eye is getting better with the swelling nearly gone but in the last day or 2 the haemorrhage seems to have spread slightly, is this normal? I can see perfectly fine and its still in the white of the eye.

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      Cindy Lawson 4 years ago from Guernsey (Channel Islands)

      The bleeding should remain in the white of the eye because this is sealed off from the iris and pupil of the eye as described in this article. If the hemorrhage appears to be spreading after 5 days I would get it checked out by a Doctor in case something else is causing the bleeding or an ongoing problem.

      Good Luck.

    • RamachandraRao, vizag, AP, India 4 years ago

      Very much informative and educative. Even a lay man can have

      ABC-idea of the reddishness and its causes.

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      Cindy Lawson 4 years ago from Guernsey (Channel Islands)

      Thank you Ramachandra, I am glad you found this informative :)

    • Joemi 4 years ago

      Thank you so much for writing this!

      I was in panic to see the blood in my eye.

      This article calmed me, knowing it is nothing severe.

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      Cindy Lawson 4 years ago from Guernsey (Channel Islands)

      Glad this helped to alleviate your fears Joemi. Generally it looks far worse than it actually is and it should soon be gone. If it isn't showing signs of diminishing within a week then get it checked out just in case, but it is unlikely you will need to do so :)

    • Tania 4 years ago

      My son accidently got hit in the eye quite hard with the tag of a teddy bear. He now has a red spot, been there since Sunday, today is Tuesday, should I take him to the doctor?

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      Cindy Lawson 4 years ago from Guernsey (Channel Islands)

      Hi Tania, it is hard to say without seeing it. If it is a broken blood vessel then it should vanish over the next few days. If it doesn't hurt this is probably what the red spot is. However, if the tag has torn the surface of the eye, which would be painful, then you should see a doctor in case he needs antibiotics or even surgery.

    • Marlon 4 years ago

      Hi,

      Im experienceing it right now yesterday I cut a tile using grinder and a small pieces go through the side of my right eye and boooommmmm its like a point size of an ink but suddenly it scattered so fast and I immidiately go to a doctor.

      In so strees right now im not a high blood person but yesterday after my BP thats the very first time that the nurse says IM HIGH BLOOD wow.

      my vision is good, no pain but it look awwwwwful if the bleeding continues what will happen?

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      Cindy Lawson 4 years ago from Guernsey (Channel Islands)

      Hi Marlon, hopefully the bleeding will have stopped already, but if it doesn't you will need to go back to your doctor in case they need to repair the damage with surgery. Normally no puncture would have taken place with a sub conjunctival haemorrhage, so if your eye was pierced by the pieces of tile the situation my be different in terms of healing. The good thing is you are not in any pain, which is a positive sign.

    • Windih 4 years ago

      We had a tornado come through, dropping the barmetrics pressure, aat the same time is when my vessel burst. Mr daughter-in-law (RN) says that was the likely cause.

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      Cindy Lawson 4 years ago from Guernsey (Channel Islands)

      She could well be right Windih, it sounds very feasible.

    • Marlon 4 years ago

      Hi Thanks a lot for the reply. This article help me a lot I did not feel nervous anymore. Tmrw i will go back to a doctor for the check up. I noticed that the bleeding continues and I did not tell my wife about that because shes so worried. Now I feel dizzy I dont know if it is because of the eye glass. What will be the problem if I experience pain?

      I would like to share my eye pictures as a courtesy from this site just let me know if you are interested. Thanks

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      Cindy Lawson 4 years ago from Guernsey (Channel Islands)

      If you go back to the doctor tomorrow I am sure he can help you once you share you ongoing concerns about the continued bleeding. If you experience pain you could have torn the surface of the eye, and this can require surgery (it happened recently to a friend of mine but she is fine now).

      I would appreciate photos if you can get some for me, and once you have the full feedback from your doctor I can post them on this article with the info as to what the end result was. If you want to email them to me please can you initially send me a basic message using the envelope icon under my profile pic. Once I get this I will reply to you and then you will have my email address to send the images and information to. Please include your name or a name you would like me to use to credit you with thanks for allowing me to use the pictures.

      Thanks for this, and I look forward to hearing from you.

    • Emily 4 years ago

      i just got hit with a ball in the eye and it went bloodshoot wat should i do!!!!!!!!!!! help me ahhhh im dead!!

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      Cindy Lawson 4 years ago from Guernsey (Channel Islands)

      LOL Emily, okay, assuming you are serious the info is already here on this page, both in the comments and in the article. You don't really need to ask the question!

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      swb64 4 years ago from Addingham, UK.

      Good hub, being a sarcoidosis sufferer I can have extreme problems with my eyes, bloodshot for other reasons but usually bilareral uveitis, done the hub but not enough folks do take notice of eye problems, your awareness is good.

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      Cindy Lawson 4 years ago from Guernsey (Channel Islands)

      Thanks swb64, glad you liked this and I appreciate your feedback :)

    • Marlon 4 years ago

      Hi nowadays its getting better and better the dark blood turned out reddish except for feeling dizzy i think its the side effect of the eye dropper ill have to ask the doctor regarding that. will post the result after =)

      thanks

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      Cindy Lawson 4 years ago from Guernsey (Channel Islands)

      Thanks Marlon, once I have the complete photo collection I will post them here with the appropriate editing of size being done, along with the day numbers :)

    • jonah 4 years ago

      my eye has been turning red and my pupil is a darkesh black. The skin around my eye is also turning red kinda like veins coming out of it. is this just a broken blood vessel

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      Cindy Lawson 4 years ago from Guernsey (Channel Islands)

      I don't really understand what you are saying jonah. Your pupil is always going to be black as it is just a hole into the back of the eye. Your iris and pupil should remain normal. The white of the eye would be the part going red if it is a broken blood vessel. The skin around your eye, e.g. eyelid etc is different altogether, but could show damage if an impact was involved or very high blood pressure. Perhaps you had better get checked out just in case.

    • devon 4 years ago

      if i have contacts will it be okay 2 put them in the next day if is a really minor one

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      Cindy Lawson 4 years ago from Guernsey (Channel Islands)

      To be honest devon I can't see any reason not to wear contacts when the bleed is not a part of the iris and is contained within the white of the eye. You should double check this with your local doctor or hospital though.

    • RGFFRG 4 years ago

      So you're saying I'm not turning into a zombie...bummer.

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      Cindy Lawson 4 years ago from Guernsey (Channel Islands)

      Yep, sorry to disappoint RGFFRG lol ;)

    • Marlon 4 years ago

      Hi,

      I would like you to know that my eye getting back to normal just a little part of bloody part Im backkkkk. I send you some of my eye shot after it all turned white maybe next week =) I thank God the tile part didn't hit the middle part of my eye. If it hit that my rigth eye is blind.

      Well till next

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      Cindy Lawson 4 years ago from Guernsey (Channel Islands)

      Hi Marlon,

      Glad to hear your eye is on the mend. any chance you can send me a few photos now too, because to show the healing process I need to be able to illustrate the stages with photos, not just a 'before' shot and an 'after' shot when it has healed completely.

      Thanks :)

    • rachel 4 years ago

      Just got this condition from scratching my eye, look like a zombie, very embarassing as i work in a college and the students will take the pee.

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      Cindy Lawson 4 years ago from Guernsey (Channel Islands)

      Sorry to hear that Rachel, hope it heals up soon. :)

    • shizna 4 years ago

      m heaving the same problem and my eyes looks soo scary.....

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      Cindy Lawson 4 years ago from Guernsey (Channel Islands)

      It does tend to look rather scary shizna, but don't worry it will be gone before you know it.

    • Dorian Baxter 4 years ago

      Superb article...many thanks indeed!!!

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      Cindy Lawson 4 years ago from Guernsey (Channel Islands)

      Thanks Dorian, glad you approved of it :)

    • Kirk 4 years ago

      Very useful info. Just got another one yesterday after rubbing my eye as I was cutting onions. However I am dealing with high blood pressure issues which I believe can also be a contributor. Off to the Doctor's office for me.. lol

    • cookiesmama 4 years ago

      I must be prone to getting these or something. Im 46 and never had these until about 4 years ago. Now it seems i get them every 7 or 8 months. i have great BP, but a single mom of teenage boys might be a factor with my stress. good article

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      Cindy Lawson 4 years ago from Guernsey (Channel Islands)

      Yep Kirk, high blood pressure is the most likely cause so you do need to act on this and get your blood pressure down asap.

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      Cindy Lawson 4 years ago from Guernsey (Channel Islands)

      Thanks cookiesmama, are you on any blood thinning medications, as this might be another cause of the problem? I hope the problem can be solved, perhaps you should speak to your doctor and mention it.

    • David 4 years ago

      Check this out. My wife and I have never had this until she woke with one 2 days ago. Gross right? Then, I woke with a worse eye than she this morning. Weird and the coincidence is odd and a little alarming to me.

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      Cindy Lawson 4 years ago from Guernsey (Channel Islands)

      That is a strange coincidence David. Are you both on the same medications for any reason? I can't imagine any other reason unless you are punching each other in the eyes in your sleep lol. It probably is a coincidence though, just a really strange one.

    • Xigris 4 years ago

      Extremely helpful, informative and well-written article. Thanks loads!

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      Cindy Lawson 4 years ago from Guernsey (Channel Islands)

      Glad you liked this Xigris :)

    • Janet12 4 years ago

      I've had subconjunctival hemorrhages off and on for 15+ years. Mine are brought on by most anything that thins the blood. There are many foods, supplements, and pain medications that thin the blood. Fish oil, Vit. E, aspirin and anyting with aspirin in it, cholesterol drugs, an artifical sweetener, some herbs, etc. have all caused me to suffer with subconjunctival hemorrhages. There are also natural foods/spices that thin the blood which I'm now afraidd to eat. I have learned to go on about my business, but wear sunglasses when I have the condition. After so many years, the breaking blood vessels are painful. Doctors have not been able to help the condition.

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      Hady Chahine 4 years ago from Manhattan Beach

      Nice hub. I had this problem in the recent past. It was very alarming because I didn't understand what I did. Changing my diet and reducing stress helped in my recovery. Thanks for sharing!

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      Cindy Lawson 4 years ago from Guernsey (Channel Islands)

      That sounds really nasty Janet, surely a specialist as opposed to standard doctor could suggest something more helpful!

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      Cindy Lawson 4 years ago from Guernsey (Channel Islands)

      Thanks for commenting Hady, I am glad you sorted out the cause of the problem :)

    • Mona 4 years ago

      I'm so glad I found these pictures and information, I woke up yesteday with one of those bloody eyes, and I was panicking.Thanks so much for the info and good work

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      Cindy Lawson 4 years ago from Guernsey (Channel Islands)

      You are more than welcome Mona. Glad to have put your mind at ease :)

    • Marlon 4 years ago

      This article will help a lot of people in panic if this will happened to them.

      More power and God Bless. =)

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      Cindy Lawson 4 years ago from Guernsey (Channel Islands)

      Thanks Marlon, and thanks again for allowing me to use the photos of your experience :)

    • Marlon 4 years ago

      Nope! Thats is the only way I could help people, to stay them out of panic ahihihihihi.

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      Cindy Lawson 4 years ago from Guernsey (Channel Islands)

      It is very much appreciated Marlon :)

    • Cheryl 4 years ago

      Will this cause a yellowish color to the eye when healing, too?

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      Cindy Lawson 4 years ago from Guernsey (Channel Islands)

      Yes because just like a bruise it goes through colour changes to get back to normal. Essentially it is a bruise on the eye white.

    • k&d 4 years ago

      Thank you sooo much... this helped me a lot!

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      Cindy Lawson 4 years ago from Guernsey (Channel Islands)

      You are welcome k&d, pleased to have put your mind at rest :)

    • Wes222222 4 years ago

      Can this also happen from throwing up???

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      Cindy Lawson 4 years ago from Guernsey (Channel Islands)

      I would think this would be very possible Wes222222, as this is still straining your body in the way as excessive sneezing, constipation etc.

    • fet 4 years ago

      I got one of these while i was in a concert in a moshpit, i was worried at first, but now I know I'm safe.

      thanks ^.^

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      Cindy Lawson 4 years ago from Guernsey (Channel Islands)

      You are welcome fet, thanks for commenting here :)

    • Marlon 4 years ago

      Wow! you give them peace of mind misty, keep it up!

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      Cindy Lawson 4 years ago from Guernsey (Channel Islands)

      LOL, thanks Marlon :)

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      moonlake 4 years ago from America

      This happened to our daughter when she had an asthma attack. Very good hub and information.

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      Cindy Lawson 4 years ago from Guernsey (Channel Islands)

      Thanks very much Moonlake :)

    • Heather 4 years ago

      I've just woken up with this after a night out last night. Actually freaked out when I saw it. Major panic until reading this. I shall still go see the doctor just in case though.

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      Cindy Lawson 4 years ago from Guernsey (Channel Islands)

      Don't panic Heather, it will be fine and the doctor will reassure you too. Good Luck, hope it heals up soon :)

    • Eddie874 4 years ago

      Hi mistyhorizon2003, thank you for the very informative hub. For the very first time in my 62 years life, I just got the same problem with blood in my right eye without any reason that I can think of. I was very worried and was on my way to see a doctor today. But after I checked this hub I'm now very relaxed and decided to give it more time. Thank you again for the research and also for your time and patience to even replying to all postings for more than 2 years. Well Done!!

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      Cindy Lawson 4 years ago from Guernsey (Channel Islands)

      You are welcome Eddie874, I am sure you will be fine, but naturally if it goes on long enough to worry you it is worth getting it checked out anyway.

    • pinkcamel 4 years ago

      This happened to me last week for no apparent reason, I got my bp checked with the nurse and she said it was spot on. Today I woke up and it happened again. Why would it occur again so quickly? I have been a little stressed, but non more than usual!

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      Cindy Lawson 4 years ago from Guernsey (Channel Islands)

      It is hard to say why it happened again so soon pinkcamel as only you know which of the possible causes could apply in your case, e.g. medications, constipation, stress (which as you say may be a factor in your case). Sometimes the reason isn't obvious, but if it keeps happening regularly it might be worth going to a doctor and mentioning it to be on the safe side.

    • Jase 4 years ago

      I got hit in the eye with a snooker cue. It hurt for a bit and waterd, but the next day I woke up and it there was blood on my pillow and on my face. Should I be concerned about this

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      Cindy Lawson 4 years ago from Guernsey (Channel Islands)

      I would get that checked out Jase the eye tissue could have torn and need treatment if the blood is leaking out on to your face or pillow. It happened to a friend of mine and she had to have a specialist look at it and treat it because there was a tear on the surface of the eye.

    • Sylvia Moreno 4 years ago

      I just had for the the first time a broken blood vessal but am experianceing pain the irratation doesent bother me its the discomfort of the pain.Eye drops somewhat help.

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      Cindy Lawson 4 years ago from Guernsey (Channel Islands)

      If it is stinging it might be worth getting it checked out Sylvia. You never know if the surface of the eye has a tiny tear/rip on it which might need antibiotic drops to avoid infection.

    • nyieb45834 4 years ago

      im glad it gose a way.

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      Cindy Lawson 4 years ago from Guernsey (Channel Islands)

      Yes, it does generally nyieb45834, so providing you see it reducing as the days go on you can relax.

    • Kate 4 years ago

      I accidentally poked my eye about a day ago and when I noticed it that same day, there was a red spot slightly smaller than that in Day 1 in that group of four. Nowhere as extreme as the other pictures. Today when I checked it in the morning it's gotten almost twice the size, with a little bit of pinkish around it ofcourse. It's noticeable but once again not like a pool of blood. So I was wondering, since it's not so severe from what I can tell right now, will the healing process take roundabout the same time as it would if my eye was completely red like the above? Or would it take less time? Even though it's not that bad, it's still horrid to me. Thanks!

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      Cindy Lawson 4 years ago from Guernsey (Channel Islands)

      It will probably take a little less time because the area needing to heal is smaller. I would still expect it to last at least a week to ten days though.

    • karen 4 years ago

      Hi Ive had this burst blood vessel in my eye now for three weeks and no sign of it going - been to the optician and the doctors twice - my blood pressure is 120 over 70 so its ok, and the optician say my eyes are healthy. Im so cheesed off when do you think it will go.

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      Cindy Lawson 4 years ago from Guernsey (Channel Islands)

      I have to say that does seem unusual, and if it isn't showing any signs of reducing in size I would be tempted to get a second opinion in case you have another problem that is stopping it clearing up, e.g. medications thinning your blood etc. Maybe you should be looking at making an appointment with an Ophthalmologist as opposed to a doctor or an optician. An Ophthalmologist is an eye M.D., a medical doctor who is specialized in eye and vision care. Ophthalmologists are trained to provide the full spectrum of eye care, from prescribing glasses and contact lenses to complex and delicate eye surgery. They may also be involved in eye research. This link could be helpful: http://www.medicinenet.com/script/main/art.asp?art...

    • cookie 4 years ago

      a week ago I got punched to the left of my left eye :( (i did NOT deserve it, will say that much)

      the location where the impact directly hit was instantly swollen, and all around my eye began to turn blue/purple the next following hours. about 3 days later the redness began inside my eye, from the far left.. it has now spread (and even in the past few hours) all the way to my iris.. should I be worried that it is spreading?

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      Cindy Lawson 4 years ago from Guernsey (Channel Islands)

      I would probably get it checked out if it has happened so long after the original impact from the punch, plus it sounds like it is spreading quite quickly. I am sure a doctor can reassure you, but it is worth being on the safe side and getting it looked at just in case.

    • curiousdaughter 4 years ago

      Please help. My mother passed away suddenly and the medical examiner and police will not give us any information. She passed away Mothers day and when we were able to see her and both her eyes looked like that. Could that be a result of her death?? What could be related? My family and I are looking for any clues possible. Thank You

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      Cindy Lawson 4 years ago from Guernsey (Channel Islands)

      In the final hours before dying a person's eye whites often go blotchy as the organs shut down. I saw this in my late Husband when he died from bowel Cancer. This could well be what you saw. I am sorry for your loss though and hope you find the answers you are seeking.

    • Mirza Muhammad Arslan Azam 4 years ago

      i got punched in boxing ring around my head and had broken eye vessels... but its all right now. Parents were worried but don't have no problemo.. :)

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      Cindy Lawson 4 years ago from Guernsey (Channel Islands)

      Pleased to hear your eye is well again now Mirza Muhammad Arsian Azam :)

    • Baskish 4 years ago

      Wow

      I live in Africa and i got fever and headache, the next morning both my eyes filled with blood. I mean 100% of the white part is bloody. My mom and everyone is crying they bliv I am going to die. I am happy to see this information

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      Cindy Lawson 4 years ago from Guernsey (Channel Islands)

      I am sure you will be fine Baskish, but if it doesn't start to heal as I have described I would still get it checked out. More than likely you will just go through the same process of healing as most people do though.

    • Baskish 4 years ago

      @mistyhorizon2003, thanks again....I hope it gets healed naturally because medical conditions are not good here.

      Have a nice day!

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      Cindy Lawson 4 years ago from Guernsey (Channel Islands)

      Good luck Baskish, and you have a nice day too :)

    • Stephanie 4 years ago

      Thanks for the info my grandma had this and it freaked me out! I hope she listens to your advice about the diet and everything. Also the pictures? Freaky! But thanks for the article it helped

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      Cindy Lawson 4 years ago from Guernsey (Channel Islands)

      Glad this helped Stephanie, and I hope you can get your Grandma to read this too :)

    • Travis 4 years ago

      I got a case of this about three weeks ago, after a bout of dry retching.

      At first it was just a slight red crescent around one side of my iris, but it has gotten worse. It now looks much like the first photo at the top of the article. There's no pain or anything, but it doesn't seem to be healing.

      If it doesn't start clearing up within another week or so I'll consult a doctor, but I just wanted to say that I really appreciate the fact that you posted this article and have apparently been responding to every comment for two years now. That is awesome.

      Give yourself a pat on the back, mistyhorizon2003, because you deserve it.

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      Cindy Lawson 4 years ago from Guernsey (Channel Islands)

      Thanks Travis, it is lovely to receive a comment like yours, although I am sorry to hear that your eye is taking so long to show signs of healing. If you do find it hasn't started to heal by next week, and you do go to your doctor to get it checked out, I would be very interested to hear what he says as to why it isn't healing. It all helps to add information to this article.

      Good Luck.

    • Marlon 4 years ago

      Wow! Great! keep it up misty =).

    • Marlon 4 years ago

      Wow! Great! keep it up misty =).

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      Cindy Lawson 4 years ago from Guernsey (Channel Islands)

      Hi Marlon, great to see you here. As you can see the photos of your eye are still on here to this day :)

    • Alicia 4 years ago

      My 5 1/2 month old son got poked in the eye by his dad's finger... (he feels terrible about it) and it looks terrible. Much like the 5 th picture you posted and a lot like Maion' s 2nd or 4th day picture. I was in a horrific panic when I first saw it... Being that it happened after hours, I called my pediatrician' 24 hours nurse line and after a serious of question she told me that he would be ok. I asked her if she was 100% sure, as I feared my son loosing his eye site. She replied yes, but that she would have the on call dr. call me. The dr. asked me to send her picture text messages of his eyes. After she viewed them, she called me back and said that I should take him to the dr. to have him checked for a corinal abrasion and that I could wait until today... 7/4. In my experience that would be extremely painful and even she agreed. I must say, that my baby is still a very happy baby, he tracks my finger, opens normally, pupils are the same size and n blood where the iris is. Therefore, I did not take him today. I feel like a terrible parent for not taking him. But he does not seem like he is in pain at all. Am I making the wrong choice by not taking him? Could he loose his vision due to something like this? I will also admit, even though I have nothing to worry about... It looks so terrible that I am afraid that I might be accused of some ridiculous act. Which is sad that I have to fear this in order to get medical attention. Please help as I am worried about him and it kills me every time I look into his eye. Thank you.

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      Cindy Lawson 4 years ago from Guernsey (Channel Islands)

      Hi Alicia, a corneal abrasion happened to a friend of mine when her Husband accidentally poked her in the eye. She was in excruciating agony and had to go to the hospital for treatment as there was actually a tear on the eye surface from his nail. I would imagine that if this had happened to a child they would be in constant floods of tears. I won't advise you not to take him to the Doctors to get it checked out for obvious reasons, i.e. I would not wish to take on the responsibility for your decision, but if the baby was my baby, and based on what the pediatrician said to you plus the lack of any signs of pain your baby is showing, I would personally not feel any need to take my baby to the Doctor. Remember that the white area of the eye is contained outside of the Iris by a membrane, so the blood is probably not over the iris at all (unless the tear had ruptured the seal so to speak, in which case I would doubt your baby could track your finger or his pupils would adjust normally. On that basis his eyesight would be unlikely to be in danger).

    • Alicia 4 years ago

      Thank you so much for such a quick reply... You're opinion is greatly appreciated!

    • Alicia 4 years ago

      Sorry for all of the typos... It was near 3am and I was on our iPad... Thanks again!

    • Alicia 4 years ago

      I wrote a comment earlier this morning pretty much stating that I couldn't thank you enough for your quick response and opinion... It is very much appreciated... But I guess maybe I didn't push the post comment button... Sorry.

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      Cindy Lawson 4 years ago from Guernsey (Channel Islands)

      You are welcome Alicia. Don't worry, your comment was there all along, it is just that once you leave the page it will vanish until I next visit the site and approve it, (which I just did).

    • nancypdx 4 years ago

      Thanks for the informative article. I woke up this morning to this very thing. Not a pretty look....but...seeing and reading about others brokenbblood vessels made me a little more at ease.

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      Cindy Lawson 4 years ago from Guernsey (Channel Islands)

      Glad this has reassured you nancypdx. I am sure you will be okay as it usually looks far worse than it actually is :)

    • latoyia 4 years ago

      Well I was watchin t.v. n just all of a sudden I turn n look at tha t.v. n I c this red dot it stayed n my vision for a couple of seconds scared me I'm a worry wart do I need to worry someone please tell me what I need to do or do I need not to worry

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      Cindy Lawson 4 years ago from Guernsey (Channel Islands)

      I think I can answer this one latoyia as it is a completely different thing you are describing. I know sometimes our eyes do play tricks on us, like when you close your eyes and you can 'see' something floating across your field of vision. I was once told this is a natural miniscule group of cells or gel floating in the vitrous humour fluid within the eye (known as floaters). This link explains it very thoroughly and should put your mind at ease, (look at the first response given to the questioner concerned about their daughter):

      http://forums.plentyoffish.com/datingPosts7589225....

    • brandon 4 years ago

      what if my eye has had the blood in it for over two years, i haven't seen a dr in a while

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      Cindy Lawson 4 years ago from Guernsey (Channel Islands)

      You should get that checked out Brandon as this has to be a different problem. Good Luck

    • Marlon 4 years ago

      Your HUB got a great work misty . Thanks for continuing helping people. God Bless you always misty =).

      Last week my right eye again turned red outside the black part after I sneeze, it just be there for a while and it's gone after 2-3 hours

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      Cindy Lawson 4 years ago from Guernsey (Channel Islands)

      Hi Marlon, nice to hear from you. Glad you are not having any serious problems with your eye since the photos at the end of this hub were taken :)

    • Terri 4 years ago

      My Mom had this happen. She felt a pain in her head and when we got home, her eye was red. Her heart Dr. did not feel it was a problem. but 3 days later she died A-fib. I always felt it had something to do with it but still wonder if she shouldn't of been checked out, brain scan or blood clot, something. They said it was just a coincedence. I'm not sure. Your opinion please?

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      Cindy Lawson 4 years ago from Guernsey (Channel Islands)

      I am so sorry to hear about you losing your Mom Terri. It is very rare, but not impossible for this condition to be symptomatic of something more serious which is why I always say that if a person is concerned they should get this checked out by a medical professional. I am not a doctor and can't say if in this case it was a coincidence or connected to what she passed away from. I am sorry I can't offer you more information that would be helpful. The only thing I would say is that you mentioning a 'pain in her head' might have been a good reason for the doctor to arrange further tests like a brain scan, as generally these sub conjunctival haemorrhages are painless.

    • Danie 4 years ago

      I had 3 teeth pulled on my bottom right jaw (molars) 4 days ago today when I was talking to my hubby I looked off to the right and he noticed my eye was red ... does not look like a solid patch like some pics on here but the vessels are red and a couple of them have tiny bits of blood spots I didn't notice any pain but after he noticed it and I looked at it it seems to be sore ..... I think im just panicking lol ... can having teeth pulled (off the pressure) cause this?

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      Cindy Lawson 4 years ago from Guernsey (Channel Islands)

      Good question Danie, not heard of that before, but it could be possible I guess, especially if you were stressed at the time and therefore your blood pressure could have been raised. I suspect from what you have said that the pain is psychological and not actually physical. See how it goes and if it is an ongoing problem and does not heal then go and see a doctor or eye specialist to be on the safe side :)

    • DanieMejias 4 years ago

      They took my blood pressure before starting and said it was fine my pulse was a bit elevated because of nerves. I figures it was probably from him using one hand to steady my face while he pulled the teeth or maybe pressure from swelling where he placed the injection where my top and bottom jaw meets because I have pressure in my ear too

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      Cindy Lawson 4 years ago from Guernsey (Channel Islands)

      Your blood pressure may have gone up whilst he was actuallly performing the dental work due to your fear/stress, and this could well have caused the problem. Don't worry, I am sure you will find these red spots quickly vanish Danie, just be patient. There are many reasons for these to happen, and they are not always obvious, but generally they heal quickly and you are back to normal within days as opposed to weeks. If you are concerned because they don't seem to be diminishing, or they are getting larger or painful, then consult a doctor, but otherwise I am sure you will be back to normal before you know it :)

    • anuradha 4 years ago

      i get these blood vessel rupture in my left eye 4 times at an interval of 15 days. my bp is normal but when the vessel ruptures the bp is 160/90. i was told that the cause is because of high bp but on monitoring the bp continously morning and evening for 20 days the bp is normal . Conclusion is that the bp shoots up at the time of rupture. got my other tests done too burt things are normal. i wonder then why do the vessel rupture. i am trying to find the cause.

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      Cindy Lawson 4 years ago from Guernsey (Channel Islands)

      I am sorry I can't answer this anuradha, I can only refer you back to the content of this article and suggest you look for other possibilities as to why you might be getting these so often. Otherwise the specialist would be the best one to ask.

    • danie 4 years ago

      Update: My eye is perfectly clear now I believe it was pressure from swelling that went behind my ear and sinus area ELEVATE your head after you have teeth pulled! Lol

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      Cindy Lawson 4 years ago from Guernsey (Channel Islands)

      Glad to know you are okay again danie, it must be a great relief :)

    • kerry 4 years ago

      my eye is like this from a nice punch in the face just glad to no its not going to stay like this

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      Cindy Lawson 4 years ago from Guernsey (Channel Islands)

      So sorry to hear how this happened to you Kerry. I just hope it was not a punch from a boyfriend or Husband, because if it was I strongly advise you to leave now, it never gets better, only worse, and I have been in at least two relationships like this myself, neither of which I ultimately stayed in, (and I am much happier for having got out, even though at the time I struggled to rid myself of the addiction I had for the partner in question in each case).

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      Ann-Christin 4 years ago from UK

      I found this while doing a Google search for burst blood vessels in the eye as this has just happened to my partner and I wanted to find out more about the condition. It's quite reassuring to read it isn't serious. He didn't even know it had happened until I remarked on how red his eye was. Hopefully it's just a one off.

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      Cindy Lawson 4 years ago from Guernsey (Channel Islands)

      Hi Christin53, I am glad this has put your mind at rest and hopefully your partner's eye will soon return to normal. On rare occasions it can be indicative of something more serious though, so if this begins to happen often, or doesn't show signs of healing then it is always worth getting it checked out by a medical professional.

    • Tim Nguyen 4 years ago

      My eye blood pressure broke . My eye started getting really blurry. Then I went to go get x-rays on my eye, they told me that my blood vessels pop. So they covered my vision because my eyes were to blurry. They been 3 weeks already, it slowly is getting better. Does anyone know how I can have the process go away faster?

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      Cindy Lawson 4 years ago from Guernsey (Channel Islands)

      Not sure what you are describing is quite the same thing if it required an x-ray Tim, plus what I have written about would not effect your vision because the area that has the bleeding is separated from the 'iris and pupil' of the eye by a membrane, so the blood would not go over your field of vision. Maybe the vessels in your case are contained within the eye itself, and this could effect your vision as it would bleed into the vitreous humor within the eye and block images and light from reaching the retina. Unfortunately I have no idea how long this will take to go away as I don't really know anything about the circumstances in question.

    • Laura 4 years ago

      I'm 25weeks pregnant and woke up to find I had a blood like stain in my eye next to pupil it's not big can see clearly and it only itichies at night should I ne worried only had it for 3 days

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      Cindy Lawson 4 years ago from Guernsey (Channel Islands)

      Hi Laura, your blood pressure could be elevated, or it could just be a coincidence, but the bottom line is that where a baby is concerned you just can't be too careful, so I would get yourself checked out to be on the safe side.

    • Lin 4 years ago

      Mine had been around 4 days... it looks scary to me as this is the first time broken blood vessels lasted this long...usually mine go away within a few hours time. I did not rubbed my eye when I noticed somewhere at the corner of the eye got a bit pinkish but it got wider by the end of the day. As of yesterday, it was about a quarter of the eye ball. I haven't been sleeping properly the last few days (not sure why as i can usually sleep quite well) and I noticed that I can't stand looking at the computer screen for long now... It feels stressful to the eye.... Is this normal? I was thinking is it the stress that causes the blood vessels to burst?

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      Cindy Lawson 4 years ago from Guernsey (Channel Islands)

      Four days is not long at all for this to heal so don't panic. The lack of sleep could be down to worry I guess, but cannot be sure for obvious reasons. As for looking at the computer screen, well, I cannot explain that at all as only your 'lens' does the focusing, and this is not where the blood is during the period you have a broken blood vessel. Maybe it is psychological and you think it will be stressful, therefore it is, but I would get this theory checked out. As for stress causing the blood vessels to burst, well yes, this is very possible, as stress causes high blood pressure etc and could cause a burst blood vessel therefore. Right now I suspect that like most people who experience this condition, your symptoms will vanish within a week or two.

    • SG 4 years ago

      hi i just experienced a burst blood vessel in my eye and it was because i had just eatn Maccas and got food posioning. I had a good vomit and in the morning i woke up with blood in my eye.

      Scarey at first but all good.

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      Cindy Lawson 4 years ago from Guernsey (Channel Islands)

      Yes, the vomiting is no doubt what caused it SG. Hopefully you will soon be back to normal again. Oh, and avoid those Maccas in future ;)

    • Vedha.S 4 years ago

      Hi Sir,

      Hope you are fine sir, Before two year i lost my right hand side eye vision.i was affected by typhoid at that time and from before itself as a symptom i loosed my vision for 30-60 seconds then it will return back to normal eye condition when i went to hospital also doctors checked my eye and said i was in normal condition. but now i lost my vision i went to all hospitals but till now i don't the reason of my loss of vision.then every one suggested me to see cardiologist i went and meet with my family they checked me and said that "i am having a very small hole in my left hand side heart". and they said its not a problem.

      SIR PLEASE TELL ME THE REASON OF MY LOSS OF VISION AND GUIDE ME TO CURE MY PROBLEM

      I WAS 25 YEARS OLD GIRL IN THIS AGE Y I GOT THIS PROBLEM?

      WHAT WILL BE THE REASON?

      WILL I GET ANY PROBLEMS IN FUTURE?

      My left hand side vision is in normal condition.

      PLEASE REPLY TO ME SIR.

      With Regards,

      Vedha.S

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      Cindy Lawson 4 years ago from Guernsey (Channel Islands)

      Sorry Vedha, I cannot answer your question as I am not qualified to do so. You need to speak to an eye specialist which I am not. I only know what I know about 'broken blood vessels in the eyes' based on research and personal experience. I suggest to talk to your doctor and see what they say. Good luck for the future.

    • Chelsey Dyck 4 years ago

      Thank goodness for this article my daughter who is 5 has had a nasty cold and an eye infection...I noticed blood around the eye and freaked (of course) lol still after going to the clinic I was weary but this has definatly helped calm me down thank you very much

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      Cindy Lawson 4 years ago from Guernsey (Channel Islands)

      I am so pleased to be of help Chelsey, and thanks for the feedback :)

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      Cindy Lawson 4 years ago from Guernsey (Channel Islands)

      Sorry Rick, I can't allow your comment as you have added a commercial website's link within it. If you want to post the comment again without the link I will allow it. Thanks.

    • Vedha 4 years ago

      Thank you For giving Advice Sir Surely i will consult with doctor.

      With Regards,

      Vedha.S

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      Cindy Lawson 4 years ago from Guernsey (Channel Islands)

      Good luck Vedha :)

    • Jose 4 years ago

      I got jumped last Sunday I had a swollen eye a cut mighta need stitches but it's healing with neosporin and blood vessel in my eye during that time it's healing little by little my vision is still good how long would it take to heal and the swollelingness

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      Cindy Lawson 4 years ago from Guernsey (Channel Islands)

      I would expect you to be back to normal within a few weeks if you include healing time for the cut. If you suspect it might need stitches I would get it checked out to avoid scarring.

    • Jose 4 years ago

      Thank you very much sir I would check it out for the stitches

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      Cindy Lawson 4 years ago from Guernsey (Channel Islands)

      No problem Jose, good luck :)

    • Tealec 4 years ago

      Great information...had a huge burst about 20 yrs ago....wearing an eye patch made me a big hit in local bars. So much so one of my friends suggested wearing all the time to make it easier to attract men! Hadn't thought about it until this am while putting on make up. Noticed a small red dot under left iris. This is nothing compared to my earlier experience which did clear up with no intervention....I know one was probably caused by work pressure. Now being retired I can only guess this lesser condition was prompted by turnin 70. Argh! But thanks for such good info

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      Cindy Lawson 4 years ago from Guernsey (Channel Islands)

      Thanks Tealec, I always appreciate receiving feedback on my hubs. Love the idea that wearing the eye patch made you more popular with the lads lol. There is that pop star (whose name escapes me) that wears an eye patch and is very successful.

    • Lili 3 years ago

      Hi guys , 5 days ago u had blepharoplasty upper and lower my left eye full of blood in the white area , my vision is good but it looks scary :( what do you think may help to reduce it a warm compress ? Eye drops ?

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      Cindy Lawson 3 years ago from Guernsey (Channel Islands)

      I honestly can't answer this one Lili. You should try asking your specialist or even Googling 'blepharoplasty' to see if any suggestions come up in the SERP's. If the stress of the operation itself has caused a sub-conjunctival haemorrhage then probably the same general rules apply as within this artice, i.e. it will go away on its own but it may take a couple of weeks or so. There really isn't anything much you can do in this case to speed up the process as essentially it is a bruise that is healing the normal way. Wish I could suggest more.

    • Garrett 3 years ago

      Hi Misty ive had this the blood in my eye for a lil over 3 weeks. It was from trauma by falling. Its been clearing a little but im worried it wont go away completely. Is that a possibility? or maybe it might take a month or two to completely heal?

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      Cindy Lawson 3 years ago from Guernsey (Channel Islands)

      Well several weeks plus is not unusual if the trauma was quite nasty. If it is showing signs of clearing I would not worry too much, but if you are concerned I would go and see your doctor or an eye specialist.

      The problem with looking at your own damaged eye every day is that whilst someone else who doesn't see you daily might see it is improving, you won't notice it so easily (a bit like watching a puppy grow day by day it seems to stay small, but when you go for a week's holiday and leave a friend looking after the puppy it seems to have doubled in size by the time you come back).

      Your eye might take longer than average to heal, and the main thing is that you have noticed it is clearing slowly. I have no reason to think it won't heal completely as I have never heard of a case where it didn't. The main thing is that it isn't getting worse.

      Again, if you are worrying about this I would get it checked out, even if only to put your mind at rest.

    • Garrett 3 years ago

      Yes it was a nasty fall, my eye was swollen shut. Im hoping it will resolve in a least a one month. I seem to be a slow healer. Thank you so much! For the response so quickly, for the information also!

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      Cindy Lawson 3 years ago from Guernsey (Channel Islands)

      You are welcome Garrett, it sounds like the time it is taking to heal is most likely because it was such a severe injury. Good luck and I hope the time left for it to heal completely is not too long :)

    • Nick 3 years ago

      Hi Misty how are you? Just had a question. Im 21 years old, and yesterday hair fell into my left eye , and i was trying to get it out by putting cold water in my eye. I was using my hands, which was a mistake i won't do it again. While i was splashing my eye with water with my hands, by mistake i think i slapped the bottom of my eye with my hand, which was a mistake. I had my left eye open at the time. My eye was red in the start, but now the redness is gone. The only problem is my Left eye Feels Heavy for some reason, i don't know how to explain it. My left eye just feels heavier than my right eye.What could i do about this? thanks.

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      Cindy Lawson 3 years ago from Guernsey (Channel Islands)

      I am sure that in a day or two it will be fine again Nick, this just sounds like you have given your eye a very mild trauma. If it isn't okay in a few days I would get yourself checked out by a doctor or eye specialist, but in most minor incidents like this the eye should heal up on its own very quickly.

    • Nick 3 years ago

      thanks alot Misty, would eye drops help like Artifical tears in this case to Lubricate the eye, to make it heal quicker? thanks.

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      Cindy Lawson 3 years ago from Guernsey (Channel Islands)

      Well eye drops might soothe the surface of the eye if it is sore, but if it isn't sore I wouldn't worry too much. Salt water would work just as well. Sounds more like you have a slight bruising though (although not visible) and in this case I think you just need to give it a few days and see how it feels. If you are then still concerned that the eye does not 'feel right', you should get it checked out by a professional.

    • Nick 3 years ago

      thanks alot yeah it just feels Heavy on the bottom of my left eye, since thats wear i think i kind of hit my eye. it happened Tuesday to me, since than its been a little better, but it still feels heavy. So yeah i will wait a few more days, do you think i should wait a week and try the Artifical tears to see if that helps?

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      Cindy Lawson 3 years ago from Guernsey (Channel Islands)

      I am not an expert by any means, but like any other trauma, if it was me I would give it at least 3 or 4 days before panicking and getting further advice. Personally I would use a salt water solution if anything, but if the white of the eye is clear and is not sore, then I can't really see any need for any artificial tears, saline or otherwise (the eye will produce what it needs unless you damaged it badly, which does not appear to the case).

    • Ruth 3 years ago

      My eye looks like its bleeding but can I still wear contacts or should I stick to glasses until my eye heals?

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      Cindy Lawson 3 years ago from Guernsey (Channel Islands)

      This is a good question Ruth, and to be honest I am not certain of the right answer. If it is the white of your eye then technically that is separate to the iris and the pupil so wearing contacts shouldn't really do any harm. The trouble is that if the eye has endured some kind of trauma then it probably isn't a good idea to put contact lenses on to the surface of the eye anyway. To be on the safe side I would either stick to glasses until it heals, or go and see a doctor or eye specialist and let them examine your eye and tell you if they think it is safe to wear contact lenses or not right now.

    • Sara 3 years ago

      Can you still where contacts with a burst blood vessel in the eye? I've waiting about 3 days to wear them but I was wondering if it was safe to do so??

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      Cindy Lawson 3 years ago from Guernsey (Channel Islands)

      Hi Sara, if you read my answer to the person who commented immediately before yours, you will see they asked the same question. Rather than type out much the same answer again it is probably easier just to suggest you read my answer immediately above.

    • borotash 3 years ago

      had this happen to me 3 times this year. i suffer allergies so always sneezing and rubbing eyes. a friend has put the willies up me saying that was the symptoms his sister had when they found a brain tumour. i have been told off the dr today my blood pressure is slightly high and shes sending me for an urgent appointment at hospital. am i flapping for no reason

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      Cindy Lawson 3 years ago from Guernsey (Channel Islands)

      Hi blood pressure is a cause for concern, and one of the causes of broken blood vessels in the eye is high blood pressure. I suspect you will be put on medication to help reduce your blood pressure and possible be given dietary advice to help keep it down. It would be impossible for me to say if you are panicking for no reason because high blood pressure can be connected to so many conditions, e.g. heart problems etc. Hopefully in your case it will be nothing too serious and the doctor is just being on the safe side.

    • Craa 3 years ago

      I woke up with a Subconjunctival Hemorrhage yesterday morning in the upper part of my left eyeball (under the eyelid). By the evening it had spread down towards the iris. Went to the doc last night to have it checked out. He said it spread downwards due to gravity. Went to bed last night, woke up this morning and the left side has also spread right towards the iris. Could this be from gravity too? How do I know it's not still bleeding?

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      Cindy Lawson 3 years ago from Guernsey (Channel Islands)

      Hi Craa, I would think it could be because in the night you change positions so gravity could then pull the bleeding the other way. I am not an expert though, so you could double check this with your doctor.

    • Craa 3 years ago

      Thank you for your response! :)

    • Dee Bee 3 years ago

      Dear Mistyhorizon2003, Just wanted to say a big thank you for doing this article on the eye and photos on the stages of healing... that will guide and help so many people. I got this problem yesterday having never had it before and was beside myself. I have been to the optician, who took a picture of the back of my eyes so we could see the inside of my eye and blood vessels. At the time it looked like a varicous vein but today it looked like your blood-filled eye hence I looked it up. He sent me away with eyedrops.

      Just one question- did your eye feel achy and a bit like eye strain during the first couple of days?

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      Cindy Lawson 3 years ago from Guernsey (Channel Islands)

      It has been years since I had one Dee Bee, so to be honest I can't recall. What I would suggest is that as this is effectively a 'bruise' on the eye (and bruises tend to ache) then it is possible.

    • Allie 2 years ago

      I have this happening in both my eyes, is that common? The only thing that has happened is a lot of crying. I lost my grandfather a couple days ago and I had been crying for the whole day mostly. Then the next day my husband noticed my eye was all red. When I looked in the mirror I noticed the other one was too. Luckily that one is hidden mostly under the eyelid. I'm just curious if crying can cause this, or if something else is happening.

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      Cindy Lawson 2 years ago from Guernsey (Channel Islands)

      I would suspect this is as a result of the crying Allie (so sorry to hear about your Grandfather). This could be stress related as this in itself could have risen your blood pressure. I am sure they will soon recover once you begin to relax again.

    • EFFENDI 2 years ago

      I just hate looking like a vampire all the time :(

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      Cindy Lawson 2 years ago from Guernsey (Channel Islands)

      Lol EFFENDI, it isn't fun I agree, but you will soon be back to normal.

    • Dane 2 years ago

      Hmm, informative article. Good information. I have a question though: Is there some kind of reaction that can cause minor bleeding in both eyes at the same time? I was cleaning a neighbors carpet today and noticed a minor bit of a bloodshot look a bit later. It has gotten a bit worse with my left eye and there is a very small amount of blood in my right eye. I just assumed it was an allergic reaction to the neighbors dog but I'm not so sure anymore. I've been around dogs my whole life and never had a problem except last week I noticed I started to react a bit to a dog I was watching. After today I figured I was developing a pet allergy. Like I said though, I'm not sure anymore.

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      Cindy Lawson 2 years ago from Guernsey (Channel Islands)

      This could be an allergic reaction Dane, but might be worth getting a doctor or an eye specialist to take a look if it gets any worse. If your blood pressure was up, or you had overstrained when constipated etc you could theoretically get bleeding in both eyes if you broke blood vessels in both at the same time, however, if you are 'feeling' a problem in your eyes when around dogs then this could simply be an allergy issue.

    • benbasyar 2 years ago

      hi. i had been punched in the eye and now i got a black eye and the white eye is bleeding. i kinda have a doublevision at my first sight then it returns back to normal vision. how long will it last? its about a week now

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      Cindy Lawson 2 years ago from Guernsey (Channel Islands)

      It might last several weeks benbasyar, but if you're getting double vision I would recommend getting yourself checked out by a doctor or an eye specialist in case there is other damage.

    • Nataniel 2 years ago

      I'm writing a book where a character suffers through an injury resulting in burst blood vessels in the eye, and seeing all the pictures and knowing how long it can take to clear up was am amazing help to me! Thank you so much for putting all of this together. :)

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      Cindy Lawson 2 years ago from Guernsey (Channel Islands)

      You are very welcome Nataniel, good luck with the book.

    • best robot 2 years ago

      My wife just had one when I came home from work. There seems to be a bump that is slightly darker with the blood going out each side. I was wondering if darker areas or slight bumps are normal. She has taken asprin last night and some multivitamins but no trauma to the eye.

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      Cindy Lawson 2 years ago from Guernsey (Channel Islands)

      Might be an idea to get it checked out if it has 'bumps'. Aspirin might not be a good idea as it could cause further bleeding and a repeat of the problem due to it thinning the blood. check this out with your doctor or eye specialist.

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      Nancy Dunaway 17 months ago

      Hi there. I got sick to my stomach this past Sunday, after a crying spell. I looked in the mirror and had two bloody eyes - below the visible part of my eyes. Over the past few days, the red has traveled up into the visible part of my eye and the outside of my eyes are yellow and dark looking. I have been sensitive to light, and have had some mild headaches and general eye irritation. Does all of this sound like part of the healing process?

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      Cindy Lawson 17 months ago from Guernsey (Channel Islands)

      Hi Nancy, it could be a part of the healing and bruising process, but my honest advice would be to get it checked out just in case based in the headaches and sensitivity to light. Always best to be on the safe side.

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      Nancy Dunaway 17 months ago

      Thanks for the super fast response!

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      Cindy Lawson 17 months ago from Guernsey (Channel Islands)

      No problem Nancy. Good luck :)

    • superchamp 17 months ago

      Hi Misty,thanks for the info. I had this problem 4 times in the last 4 months.usually lasting for a week. but this time it occurred 3 days back , intensity is more and it may take another week to vanish. Initially it took me by surprise but gradually i could feel an itching pain while it occurred.Even a mild sensation can be felt ocationally. Pressure generally normal but found to be little fluctuating after such incidence.other probable causes are absent.

      can u suggest further course of action.

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      Cindy Lawson 17 months ago from Guernsey (Channel Islands)

      Hi Superchamp. Might be worth your while getting yourself checked out by an eye specialist and/or a doctor in case your blood pressure etc has anything to do with why this keeps happening to you.

    • Shaun 14 months ago

      Thx for the information got me calmed down my mom while feeding the dogs got her eye accidentally got hit by our dog using the dogs leg anyway I was shock my moms eye started becoming red like the picture before I read this.How long do you think will the red eye last?Another question as well if you rub the eye accidentally will the red color part of the eye spread?

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      Cindy Lawson 14 months ago from Guernsey (Channel Islands)

      Hi Shaun, it depends on how bad the injury was as to how long it will take to go, but generally think of it like a bruise in the eye therefore somewhere between a few days to a week. It is not advisable to rub the eye whilst it is healing even though it may itch a bit, as this could spread the blood spot in the early stages and delay the healing process.

    • shivv 9 months ago

      Just

      thank you thank you thank you thank you thank you thank you

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      Cindy Lawson 9 months ago from Guernsey (Channel Islands)

      Lol, glad to be of help shivv.

    • mousumi 8 months ago

      yesterday night i had a blood clot in my right eye next to my pupil i dont ve any irritation or pain. just to tell u d truth.. i was taking raw turmeric with black grams soaked & with a little bit of jaggery. i continued this process for 3 months... i dont ve high blood pressure. plz. tell me d reason behind it. turmeric is a blood thinning agent. as i ve read. was too much turmeric d cause for my blood clot in eye? plz give an ans. thnks

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      Cindy Lawson 8 months ago from Guernsey (Channel Islands)

      I can't give you an answer I am afraid mousumi. I am not an expert in Tumeric, but guess if it is a blood thinning agent it could have caused the problem. If you are comcerned I would get your eye checked out by a doctor, but would give it a few days first to see if it heals on its own.

    • marion 4 months ago

      hi I get it quite often when I pick up large thins my eye gets very panful

    • Rafael 2 months ago

      I didn't even know my eye was redshoot until someone mentioned I didn't even paid any attention to it, I'm in the middle of selling one of my houses so since it didn't hurt I kept on doing what I needed to do. I friend put some red eyes drops in my eye last night I still didn't even looked in the mirror until this morning still no pain but geeezzluizzz I never seen my eye so red before, so now I'm concern but after reading this hub I'm more ok, I will go see a Doctor just in case its always best to play it safe. Thank you for the info.

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      Cindy Lawson 2 months ago from Guernsey (Channel Islands)

      Glad to be of help Rafael :)

    • andrew 13 days ago

      i got beat up and i had a black eye byt now my eyes keep getting blood shot what do i do

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      Cindy Lawson 12 days ago from Guernsey (Channel Islands)

      Hi Andrew, if this 'beating up' happened recently it could well just be a case of waiting for your body to heal and the broken blood vessels will eventually stop occurring. However, if this has been going on for more than a week I would advise you consult your doctor in case some kind of other damage has been done to your brain or eyes that requires medical attention.

    • Jo 10 days ago

      If you have a painful pulling feeling in the corner of the eye along with the bleed is there reason for concern.

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      Cindy Lawson 10 days ago from Guernsey (Channel Islands)

      Hi Jo, if you are experiencing pain I would recommend seeing a doctor to be on the safe side.

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