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I agree with your firefighters- if you are having no symptoms and did not even have pain,it is most likely subconjunctival hemorrhage
Have you been coughing, sneezing or lifting heavy objects?
Do you take aspirin?
yikes! how did I do that? It looks awful and of course everyone thought I had pink eye, I was at a traffic accident and a lot of dirt got kicked up. I had to blow my nose, but nothing was coming out so i kept blowing and nothing was coming out and i got a headache
Thats it!! blowing your nose can exert pressure on tiny vessels in your eye and one burst. It is really benign...looks worse that it really is. It will clear,or reabsorb,in a few days.
if you have any discomfort use some artificial tears 3-4 times per day
Not to worry!
Dr Susan, I work for a police department and I was at an officer involved accident. I didn;t know if I had allergies since my nose feels like I need to blow it, but I feel as if I have a head cold. I saw it when it first came on and it was small. Before I went home, the redness is still on one side of my eye and is touching the eyeball.
You were in the accident?
did you hit your face any where?
So when I went to briefing this morning one person told me my eyeball was gonna fall out another said if it doesn't go away in 2 days you'll go blind. I went to my local urgent care yesterday, but they were closed. I have never had this and I am terrified. I was not involved in the accident all. We were dispatched to the call. Just a small amount of dirt kicked up and I remember rubbing my right inner eye (closest to my nose).
No no!!! Don't worry-I have NEVER seen an eyeball fall out and I have worked with soldiers whom returned from Iraq with the most horrible injuries!
Oh later in the day, I noticed my eyelashes were a little clumped together and I used an eyelash brush just to seperate the lashes. I don't wear any mascara. I don't remember hitting my eyeball with the brush either. however shortly later the redness appeared
When you were rubbing to get the dirt eye- you probably broke a fragile vessel
it looks red and ugly because the top layer of the eye-the conjunctiva, is translucent
Thank you, XXXXX XXXXX I see this clear up gradually in a few days? If it continues to get red and spread over to the other side of the eye would that be common? I did take 4 Advils yesterday because I had gone on a 5 mile hike in the mountains and had soreness in my legs. 4 Advils is a lot for me. Could excessive amount of Advil contribute to this?
I went on this walk on Saturday and took the advil on Sunday at 6am. I noticed the redness start to appear about 9:30am and when I went home at 6pm, my eye was real red.
YES-that is why I asked you if you take aspirin. Advil has aspirin which is a blood thinner and makes one more prone to bruising. It may actually start to get a bit larger or change color to greenish- grey. Just like any other bruise. If it develops pain, or your vision changes, or you are very uncomfortable- then see your ophthalmologist. But in the meantime, use artificial tears 3-4 timesperday.
Okay, thank you very much for your information and advising what I should expect. I didn't want to go into a second phase of panic with the color changing from the healing process. So could this be completly gone in a week or two weeks?