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It sounds like you have had a subconjunctival hemorrhage.
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.
What should I do?
These things always looks much worse then they really are :)
How long does it usually take to go away?
There is nothing you need to do other then DO NOT use visine and other "get the red out" type of drops. They will not work on this and will only irritate your eye.
like a bruise elsewhere it will take a few weeks to go away, it might spread and change colors as it does so.
does it indicate any other possible problems I should be aware of?
You may need to make up a good story about how the "other guy" looks lol!
In the vast majority of cases, no.
I never do a workup for a patient who has just one of these events.
so if I still have it in 4 days should I check with my physician or wait longer?
There is no need to check with your doctor.....like I said it may take weeks to go away completely.
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