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My mother is 74 yrs old. Three days ago the white of her eye

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My mother is 74 yrs old. Three days ago the white of her eye showed a small amount of blood in it. It is now 75 percent of the white of her eye. It does not hurt and it has not affected her sight. Is this something that we need to take her to the emergency room for or can it wait until Monday when she has an appointment?

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She likely has a subconjunctival hemorrhage. This happens when delicate blood vessels of the conjunctiva (clear covering of the eye) burst. This is very similar to a bruise, but redder because there is no skin overlying the blood. The bleeding is usually the result of minor trauma such as coughing or eye rubbing.

Though its appearance is alarming and appears dangerous, it is generally harmless.

Similar to a bruise, subconjunctival hemorrhage may take 1-2 weeks to reabsorb and go away. During that time, it may
darken and change colors. That is expected and no need to worry. Worrisome symptoms are pain, decrease vision, or double vision. You should contact your ophthalmologist promptly if these occur.

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Customer: replied 4 years ago.
If I understand you correctly unless pain or affected vision she should be alright until Monday?
Correct.