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I woke up this morning and noticed mt left eye was bloodshot.

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I woke up this morning and noticed mt left eye was bloodshot. Only the outer "white" part of my eye is bloodshot; the inner part is fine. I have been on pain management for almost 1 years, so I've discounted these meds as a cause. I've recently been diagnosed with hypertension, and have been taking medicine now for over 3 months with no side effects. Any ideas?

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It sounds like you have experienced 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.


 

Dr. Rick :

I don't think your hypertension, especially since it is being well treated, caused this issue. Most times a cause is not found and no workup is needed.

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