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Hello, About every other month or so .. the blood vessels

Customer Question

Hello,
About every other month or so .. the blood vessels in my left eye (part of eye closest to my nose) burst. When I woke up this morning everything was fine .. in the midst of putting on my make it happened. I dont remember scartching my eye or anything. any insight?
Thanks,
Sheryl
Submitted: 4 years ago.
Category: Eye
Expert:  Dr. Rick replied 4 years ago.

Dr. Rick :

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

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.

Customer :

great! ... but what causes the continuous breakage? It is a bit uncomfortable ..

Dr. Rick :

In your case, however, since this seems to be a recurring issue I think you should probably see an ophthalmologist for a full eye exam just to make sure nothing else is going on to cause these recurrent hemorrhages. It is very unusual for them to happen as frequently as you are reporting...

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Expert:  Dr. Rick replied 4 years ago.
Let me know if there is anything else you would like to discuss pertaining to this issue.