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What causes a burst blood vessel in the eye

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What causes a burst blood vessel in the eye?
Submitted: 5 years ago.
Category: Eye
Expert:  Dr. Rick replied 5 years ago.

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It sounds like you have 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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Many times the cause is never found. It can be something as simple as rubbing your eye in your sleep, coughing hard, straining at stool or just a fragile blood vessel. It doesn't require any medical workup and, even though it looks awful, you shouldn't worry :)

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Expert:  Dr. Rick replied 5 years ago.
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