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Woke upyesterday with blood shot right hand side of right eye.

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Woke upyesterday with blood shot right hand side of right eye. This morning it has become worse and spread along the bottom of the eye. Should I be concerned?
Submitted: 7 years ago.
Category: Eye
Expert:  Dr. James replied 7 years ago.
Thank you for your question. Do you have eye pain? Any change in vision? Is the blood on the 'whites' of the eyes?
Customer: replied 7 years ago.

Yes the blood is on the white of the eye. The eye feels a little hot with slight pain.

Expert:  Dr. James replied 7 years ago.
You likely have a subconjunctival hemorrhage. This happens when delicate blood vessels of the conjunctiva (clear covering of the eye) burst. This is very similar to a bruise, but redder because there is no skin covering it. The bleeding is usually the result of minor trauma such as coughing or eye rubbing.

Similar to a bruise, subconjunctival hemorrhage may take 1-2 weeks to reabsorb and go away. During that time, it may darken and change colors. That is expected and no need to worry. Worrisome symptoms are significant pain, decrease vision, or double vision. You should contact your ophthalmologist promptly if these occur.

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