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My husband blew his nose and burst a blood vessel in his eye.

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My husband blew his nose and burst a blood vessel in his eye. Half his eye is blood red. He is diabetic, on medication, not insulin, but numbers vary from 90 to 400. He is also on coumadin, for life, has had several DVT's in his legs. Is this a problem?
Submitted: 7 years ago.
Category: Eye
Expert:  Dr. Stan replied 7 years ago.

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It is appears he has subconjunctival hemorrhage (bleed into the conjunctiva tissue). This is not harmful and would resolve with time, but faster with use of over the counter preservative free tear drop such as Refresh or Genteal tear drop every 4 hours for 1-2 days while awake, then 4 times daily. Since he is on coumadin, I suggest that he follow-up with he doctor to re-evaluate the level of bleeding time, PT, PTT and INR to monitor the coagulation. Avoid blowing of nose. Avoid the use of Aspirin, Aleve, Advil/Motrin/Ibuprofen which can worsen bleeding. In addition, I suggest that you follow-up with your eye doctor for complete examination to exclude any bleeding inside the eye. The blood shot will slowly resolve over 3-4 weeks. The color may change with time - do not be concerned as it is expected as the blood reabsorbs into the body.

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