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Hello, My question is about an eye injury I recieved 2

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Hello,
My question is about an eye injury I recieved 2 days ago. The first issue is that I have no health insurance and not much money. I got poked inthe eye (again 2 days ago) in the morning, at that time I wasn't sure that it actually got the corner of my eye I thought it might have just caught the bridge of my nose. It was sore for a little while and then passed. The next day the white part of my eye was red and now a good portion of the white of the eye is Red. There is no pain or swelling or brusing in the eye or around it.
Is there something I should be doing as far as eye drops or anything else or will this pass with time. I would rather not go thru the rest of my life with a bright red eye if you know what I mean. I also should mention that there are no vision problems at this or any other point since the accident.

Thanks Bradley

Dr. Rick :

Hi. My name isXXXXX and I have two decades of ophthalmology experience. I'm online and happy to answer your question today.

Dr. Rick :

Bradley,


 


First of all, let me say that it sounds like you are going to be OK.


 


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Dr. Rick :

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Dr. Rick : Hi. My name isXXXXX and I have two decades of ophthalmology experience. I'm online and happy to answer your question today.
Dr. Rick : Bradley,

First of all, let me say that it sounds like you are going to be OK.

Are you available to chat?

What did you poke your eye with and how did it occur?

Do you wear contact lenses?

Just so I understand: Other than the white part of your eye looking beet red, there is no pain, no discharge and no changes in vision. Correct?

I look forward to your reply....
Bradley,

I'm not sure if you can read my post above....let me tell you what I think is going on.

You have experienced a sub conjunctival hemorrhage, a common event that occurs to many people.

In your case, however, we do know what caused it: The stick that poked you....

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.

As long as your eye does not hurt, your vision is OK and you are not having any other symptoms, then you do not need to worry at all.

Does this make sense to you?


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Thanks in advance,

Dr. Rick MD FACS

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