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I have woken up with a blood shot eye. is this serious?

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i have woken up with a blood shot eye. is this serious ?
Submitted: 7 years ago.
Category: Eye
Expert:  Dr. A.S. Desai replied 7 years ago.

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If you have a blood shot eye ( not a pink eye) , without any other symptoms like pain, watering , photophobia, then it is most likely to be a sub-conjunctival haemorrhage in which the small blood vessels in the conjunctiva rupture . It can occur due to excessive coughing/sneezing/subtle trauma/ or apparently without any reason especially in hypertensive individuals.

It generally does not require any treatment as it resolves on its own within 7-10 days. In the meanwhile it changes color and may become more dark, and eventually disappear.

For soothening effect you may instill Refresh tears eye drops ,1drop 4 times a day.

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