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The white part of my right eye surrounding the pupil is bright

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The white part of my right eye surrounding the pupil is bright red from center above the eye around the inside towar the nose and continues below to the center of the eye. Covering 1/2 to 3/4 of the white of the eye. What causes this and how long before it clears up

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You have what is called a subconjunctival hemorrhage.

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In the vast majority of cases, sub conjunctival hemorrhage is nothing to worry about. It is usually not a sign of any serious condition but rather is just a small broken blood vessel in the conjunctiva that looks much worse than it really is.

No treatment is necessary. Think of a subconjunctival hemorrhage as a bruise. The reason it looks so red (some people say it looks like a piece of raw meat) is that the skin on your eye is very thin so the underlying blood shows through easily. On your arm, for instance, a bruise looks blue/purple because the overlying skin is thick, blocking the red color of the blood.

Like a bruise elsewhere a subconjunctival hemorrhage will slowly go away over the course of a couple of weeks. It may spread around the globe some and change colors as it clears. This is nothing to be concerned about.


 

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As to what causes a subconjunctival hemorrhage? In the vast majority of cases a cause is never found. With that in mind no extensive workup or testing is required...