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i have a red blotch in the white of my eye, and it goes away

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i have a red blotch in the white of my eye, and it goes away within a few days. I am taking prescriptions including zoloft, norvasc, micardis, simvastatin. Are any of these contributing to this red blotch as side effects? Thanks .
Submitted: 7 years ago.
Category: Eye
Expert:  Dr. Stan replied 7 years ago.
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It appears that you are experiencing intermittent rupture of the tiny small blood vessels on the white part of the eye or the inflammation of these vessel. This is common. It is not harmful, and will resolve. It likely occurred from eye irritation with unintentional rubbing, usually at night. Also, frequent use of visine to clear eyes can cause recurrent red blotch eyes (called rebound hyperemia). In such case, the solution is to stop visine and use only tear drops.

The most common medication that put you at risk as blood thinners such as aspirin or coumadin. Since you are not taking any of that, the only likely medication from the list you provide is simvastatin, known to cause muscle inflammation and easy bruising. However, if you are not experiencing muscle discomfort from simvastatin, it is less likely to be the cause.

In addition, if your eyes are dry, the conjunctival blood vessel tend to be more fragile. To treat this current episode and reduce the risk of future occurrence, I suggest that you start using preservative free tear drop such as Refresh Plus or Genteal drop 4 times daily. If you are experiencing more discomfort or itch, you can add over the counter Zaditor drop 2 times daily in between the tear drops for 1 week. If the recurrent red blotch continues despite the above recommendations, or is associated with light sensitivity, eye pain or change in vision, I suggest that you use the Zaditor 4 times daily, and plan to follow-up with your eye doctor for closer evaluation.

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Customer: replied 7 years ago.

Dr.Stan,

Thank you for the answer. I have never experienced dry eye and so I don't think that is a cause. I will get the Zaditor and try that. I did go outside today without sunglasses once, if that was caused by light sensitivity. No changes in vision, no eye pain. Any other ideas? Thaks, Mark

Expert:  Dr. Stan replied 7 years ago.
Hello,

Use Zaditor 4 times daily as needed, and that should help significantly. If it continuesm, then your eye doctor needs to evaluate you for episcleritis (inflammation of the conjunctival vessels). The treatment actually includes drop like Zaditor. God bless. Merry Christmas.

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