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I noticed yesterday a very bloodshot right eye. i can see

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I noticed yesterday a very bloodshot right eye. i can see just fine out of it and there is no pain, just as red as it can be. help. any info would be very appreciated. Thank you.

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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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I would stop using the visine drops as they will not help with this type of redness and will only irritate your eye. You can use tear replacement drops (refresh, natural tears, etc) as often as you like to soothe your eye if needed.

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Does your eye look something like this:


http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/8/82/Subconjunctival_hemorrhage_before_after.jpg


 

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