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I have had recurring blood in my eye during the past week.

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I have had recurring blood in my eye during the past week. I have a cold. Is this serious
Submitted: 7 years ago.
Category: Eye
Expert:  Dr. James replied 7 years ago.

Is the blood on the whites of the eyes?
Are you on any blood thinners such as asprin or coumadin?
Any pain or decrease in vision?
Customer: replied 7 years ago.

1.Yes, on the white of the inside [near my nose] of my left eye.

2. No, but I was taking tylenol for my cold. I take only Armour Thyroid 30 mgs. for hypothyroidism.

3. No decrease in vision, but there was first some itching, then a bit of pain & then the blood.

I'm worried.

Expert:  Dr. James replied 7 years ago.
Thank you for the reply.

You likely have 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 overyling the blood. The bleeding is usually the result of minor trauma such as coughing or eye rubbing, possibly as a result of the irritation from your cold.

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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