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wife strained, and now corner of eyball blood red, not on iris,

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wife strained, and now corner of eyball blood red, not on iris, on white part

Dr. Rick :

Hi. I'm online and happy to answer your question today.

Dr. Rick :

It sounds like she has a subconjunctival hemorrhage.

Dr. Rick :

Are you available to chat?

Customer:

yes. what to do about it?

Dr. Rick :

There is nothing that you need to do....

Dr. Rick :

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.


 

Dr. Rick :

Does this make sense to you?

Customer:

OK, That sounds sensible

Dr. Rick :

Good. You can help her to make up a story about how the other guy looks :o)

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Dr. Rick :

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Customer:

I am very satisified w/ your service. Will this be any more likely in the future since she had this one?

Dr. Rick :

No. Having a subconjunctival hemorrhage once doesn't mean that you are more or less likely to have another in the future....

Customer:

OK, thanks.

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