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My left eye seems to have a broken blood vessel. Is this

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my left eye seems to have a broken blood vessel. Is this what is called red eye? if so, how can I treat it so it goes away faster? I did have an optical exam about two months ago.
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Is this bleeding on the whites of your eyes?
Do you have any pain or change in vision?
Is it one eye or both eyes?
Customer: replied 6 years ago.
on the whites, there is no pain or change of vision. On one eye only, the left.
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 overlying the blood. The bleeding is usually the result of minor trauma such as coughing or eye rubbing.

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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Customer: replied 6 years ago.
there<s nothing Ican do to speed the transition?
Unfortunately, no. Similar to a bruise, once the blood is there, it takes time for the body to reabsorb it.
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