First of all, let me assure you that this looks a lot worse than it is.
Your eye is going to be fine, but it is going to look like this for a month or so.....
You have experienced a sub conjunctival hemorrhage, a common event that occurs to many people.
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.
In your case, however, we know how it happened: You poked yourself in the with a chunk of plastic.....
You may have caused a small cut in the "skin" (conjunctiva) around your eyeball. This will heal on its own. The antibiotic drops are just to make sure you don't get a infection, just like with a cut anywhere else on your body.
The blood will ooze around your eye, it will change colors, and it will cause more of that yellow color as it breaks down. This is nothing to worry about.
So. What is the take home message? Make up a good story to tell your friends about your bravery and how bad the other guy looks. No other effort on your part is necessary at this time.
Does this make sense to you?
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