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sidden redness in one eye alomf the inside of the lower lasj

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sidden redness in one eye alomf the inside of the lower lasj area. no pain no changge in vixion. i have acularer degeneration. tjis is in my better eye. i have itcing in my 'good' eye', have just begun aspirin therapy, bruise easily and seem to be losing eyelshes. wjat can be causing it. what can i do. i wash my eyes each a.. and p,m, with warmwater. oh, yes im getting over a 7-day flue.
Submitted: 2 years ago.
Category: Eye
Expert:  Dr. Rick replied 2 years ago.
Hi. I'm online and happy to answer your question today. Our chat system seems to be on the blink today but we can use this format to work on your question.

It sounds like you have a subconjunctival hemorrhage.


Does your eye look something like this:
http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/8/82/Subconjunctival_hemorrhage_before_after.jpg

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.

This would not be related to you recent loss of eyelashes. That could be due to blepharitis.

Blepharitis is a condition where glands in the eyelids are not functioning normally. They become plugged and instead of putting out their normal clear, oily secretions, they put out thick, toothpaste like gunk. You may not be able to see this “gunk” yourself, unless it is really bad, but it shows up clearly on slit lamp examination.

The best treatment for this condition is daily lid scrubs combined with warm compresses. I like to use baby shampoo for lid scrubs. In the shower, place the shampoo on your index fingers, close your eyes, raise your eyebrows (to stretch the skin on your eyelids) and scrub back and forth along your eyelashes for 3 to 5 minutes. The hot water in the shower helps to soften the plugged oils in the glands while the mechanical scrubbing with your soapy fingers removes the oils.

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