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About 2 days ago (after my wife had been diagnosed with

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About 2 days ago (after my wife had been diagnosed with conjunctivitis), my right eye turned bright red at the bottom. You almost have to pull the lower skin beneath the eye down to see it. Now it seems to be spreading to sides of eye. I have no symptoms like pain, puss, like she did. Could this be a broken blood vessel (hematoma) despite the coincidence of my wife's conjunctivitis?
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Is it really bright red, like a piece of raw meat?

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It does sound like a subconjunctival hemorrhage

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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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If you had, for instance, caught "pink eye" from your wife, it would not present as a thick, bright red, localized area on your eyeball but rather as a diffuse redness that would also involve the inside of your eyelids.

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Customer: replied 6 years ago.
Thank you----should warm or cold compresses be applied?
Warm compresses will help the blood to clear a little bit faster....