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i noticed a red patch on my left eye..blood vessel..slight pain

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I am a diabetic woman, couple of days ago i noticed a red patch on my left eye. Its like burst blood vessel. Hasn't got any worse but there is a slight pain or discomfort there. Should I be worried?

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It is likely that you have ruptured small blood vessel on the white part of the eye (subconjunctival bleed). This is common, and not harmful. This will resolve with time in about 2 weeks, especially with the use over the counter preservative free tear drop such as Refresh or Genteal drop 4 times daily. For comfort or reduced pain you can use over the counter Zaditor eye drop twice daily as needed. If this fails to resolve in 2 weeks, or worsen at any time, or you experience any floater, flashes or eye pain, I suggest that you follow-up with your eye doctor for closer evaluation with dilated eye exam.

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