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How To Treat A Broken Blood Vessel In The Eye

A broken blood vessel in the eye.

Photo Of A Broken Blood Vessel In The Eye



Is your eye suddenly filled with blood and does it look like something from a horror movie? Don't panic. A Subconjunctival hemorrhage is what doctors call a broken blood vessel in the eye. Most of the time the cause is unknown but sometimes it is caused from sneezing, coughing or straining.

A broken blood vessel in your eye may also be caused by prescription blood thinners, (medications such as Warfarin, Coumadin), over the counter aspirin or even the herbal supplements ginko biloba and St Johns Wort.

When Is A Broken Blood Vessel In The Eye Serious?

Blood in the front part of the eye between the cornea and the pupil/iris is known as a hyphema and requires immediate medical attention.  A hyphema can lead to the sudden onset of glaucoma and permanent loss of vision.

When Should You See A Doctor?

A person with red eye should see an Eye Doctor if:
You feel pain
Seeing floaters
Loss of vision
The bloody eye has been caused by injury
There is discharge from the eye
Swelling or redness of the eye lids
Cloudy cornea
Pupils are unequal in size
Presence of bright red blood in the eye, between the cornea and iris


Are You At Risk?

You should know the risk factors. People with hypertension (high blood pressure) or diabetes are more at risk for ruptured blood vessels in the eye or subconjunctival hemorrhage.
When you have a broken blood vessel in the eye a large portion of the white part of the eye may appear bloody as seen in the photo above. If you believe that the ruptured blood vessel could be caused by taking a blood thinner such as Warfarin or Coumadin you should contact your physician for an evaluation of the dosage you are taking.

Don't Expect It To Go Away Soon

Be patient during the healing process. Health complications from a broken blood vessel in the eye are rare although you may be embarrassed about the appearance of your eye.
You can try eye drops to treat any scratchiness you may feel. The blood should absorb back into the eye in 10 to 14 days. If you experience any other symptoms, such as blurred vision, or more burst blood vessels in the eye you should see your doctor at once. This could be the sign of a more serious eye condition, such as a torn retina.


Can You Prevent Broken Blood Vessels In The Eye?

If you are experiencing subconjunctival hemorrhages often you should consult your physician. Nutritionists may also be able to recommend supplements, such as grape seed extract, that may work to strengthen blood vessels. Avoid any type of straining that may increase blood pressure in the facial area.

The above explanation of the condition known as subconjunctial hemorrhage is not to be used as a substitute for the advice of a physician. When in doubt, get it checked out.




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