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What Causes Broken or Burst Blood Vessels in the Eyes?

Updated on April 16, 2017
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The author formerly worked at a veterinary practice in the Channel Islands. Her interests include fishing, gardening, and singing.

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 it will not cause any damage to your eyesight. It is, however, 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 that I shall cover below). 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.

Warning

If your sub-conjunctival haemorrhage has been caused by trauma to the eye, such as a punch, a tennis ball, squash ball, etc., you should immediately 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.)

Fish is part of a heart-heathy diet.
Fish is part of a heart-heathy diet.

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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Sources

Mayo Clinic Staff. "Subconjunctival Hemorrhage (Broken Blood Vessel in Eye)." October 2016. MayoClinic. Retrieved April 16, 2017.

Boyd, Kierstan. "What Is a Subconjunctival Hemorrhage?" Last reviewed September 1, 2016. The American Academy of Opthamology. Retrieved April 16, 2017.

Kenny, Tim, MD. "What Is a Subconjunctival Haemorrhage?" Last checked December 2016. Patient.Info. Retrieved April 16, 2017.

Lusby, Franklin W., MD. "Subconjunctival Hemorrhage." Last reviewed November 2015. University of Maryland Medical Centre. Retrieved April 16, 2017.

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      Cindy Lawson 3 months ago from Guernsey (Channel Islands)

      Sorry Amit, that is well outside my knowledge area. I would get your eyes checked out by a specialist to be on the safe side.

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      Cindy Lawson 6 months ago from Guernsey (Channel Islands)

      Hi Joyce, this is not uncommon in diabetics, but if you are concerned or are in any discomfort I would see your doctor to make sure nothing else is causing the problem.

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      Cindy Lawson 6 months ago from Guernsey (Channel Islands)

      Hi Haider, I hope your Dad found this helpful and am pleased you found this informative.

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      Cindy Lawson 6 months ago from Guernsey (Channel Islands)

      Hi Beauty, most likely the blurry vision is as a result of the cataract surgery. I hope that by now his vision is clear again.

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      joyce downing 6 months ago

      woke up with vessels broken and whole eye is maroon in color and blurry. feels like i have somethong covering eyeball. i am diabetic

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      Haider 7 months ago from Melbourne

      My father has this problem. But he never understood the reason. It has been more than ten years and he still doesn't know. Honestly, he never bothered to ask the doctor about sub-conjunctival hemorrhage. I will share this information with him and let him know what he should do.

      He has a blood pressure and is very stressed all the time. So according to your hub that maybe the reason.

      Informative hub!

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      Beauty 9 months ago

      Very enlightening, thank-you.

      My father just had eye surgery in one eye for cataracts about a week ago, and got a burst eye vessel during surgery. Doctors say he would be fine and I'm sure he would be. He has blurry vision though. Is that from the surgery or from the burst vessel?

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      Cindy Lawson 9 months 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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      Jo 9 months 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 9 months 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.

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      andrew 9 months 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 11 months ago from Guernsey (Channel Islands)

      Glad to be of help Rafael :)

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      Rafael 11 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 17 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.

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      Cindy Lawson 18 months ago from Guernsey (Channel Islands)

      Lol, glad to be of help shivv.

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      shivv 18 months ago

      Just

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

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      Cindy Lawson 23 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.

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      Shaun 23 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 2 years 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.

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      superchamp 2 years 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 2 years ago from Guernsey (Channel Islands)

      No problem Nancy. Good luck :)

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      Nancy Dunaway 2 years ago

      Thanks for the super fast response!

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      Cindy Lawson 2 years 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 2 years 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 3 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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      best robot 3 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 3 years ago from Guernsey (Channel Islands)

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

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      Nataniel 3 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 3 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.

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      benbasyar 3 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 3 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.

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      Dane 3 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 3 years ago from Guernsey (Channel Islands)

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

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      EFFENDI 3 years ago

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

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      Cindy Lawson 3 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.

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      Allie 3 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 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.

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      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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      Craa 3 years ago

      Thank you for your response! :)

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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.

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      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 4 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.

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      borotash 4 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 4 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.

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      Sara 4 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 4 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.

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      Ruth 4 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 4 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).

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      Nick 4 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 4 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.

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      Nick 4 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 4 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.

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      Nick 4 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 4 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 :)

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      Garrett 4 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 4 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.

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      Garrett 4 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 4 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.

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      Lili 4 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 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.

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      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)

      No problem Jose, good luck :)

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      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)

      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.

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      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)

      Good luck Vedha :)

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      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)

      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.

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      Cindy Lawson 5 years ago from Guernsey (Channel Islands)

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

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      Chelsey Dyck 5 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 5 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.

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      Vedha.S 5 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 5 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 ;)

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      SG 5 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 5 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.

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      Lin 5 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 5 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.

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      Laura 5 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 5 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.

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      Tim Nguyen 5 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 5 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.

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      Ann-Christin 5 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 5 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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      kerry 5 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 5 years ago from Guernsey (Channel Islands)

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

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      danie 5 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 5 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.

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      anuradha 5 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 5 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 :)

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      DanieMejias 5 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 5 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 :)

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      Danie 5 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 5 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.

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      Terri 5 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 5 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 :)

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      Marlon 5 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 5 years ago from Guernsey (Channel Islands)

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

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      brandon 5 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 5 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....

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      latoyia 5 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