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All of a sudden my husband has a blood red eye. His right

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all of a sudden my husband has a blood red eye. His right eye. He also has glaucoma. Is there any relation or should he seek medical help right away?
Is it all of his eye or a part of his eye with the blood? How is his vision? Has it changed with this change? Any pain? Any inflammation anywhere?
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Has the eye that is red had glaucoma surgery, such as trabelectomy? Is the eye painful or the vision affected? If "no" to the above questions, does the eye look bright red, like a "piece of raw meat"?
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You might have stepped away from your computer. The most common cause of a painless, red, "nasty" looking eye that is noticed by looking in the mirror or by a friend is a subconjunctival hemorrhage
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.
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