It sounds like what you experienced is called a subconjunctival hemorrhage. This essentially amounts to a bruise on the eye, except on the eye the tissue that the blood is underneath is transparent so you see the blood exactly the color it is, versus a bruise on your arm which is hiding beneath layers of skin.
There are things that can predispose to getting these hemorrhages. Taking aspirin, ibuprofen, motrin, aleve, naprosyn can thin the blood and predispose to these. Also taking garlic, ginseng, ginko biloba and vitamin E can also thin the blood and predispose to getting these. In your case it is likely the vitamin E you're taking that can thin the blood and predisposed you to this.
Also when there is significant pressure being generated in the eye or head, this can happen from that. Examples of this include eye rubbing, sneezing, coughing, lifting a heavy load or straining against a bowel movement.
If you begin having multiple episodes of this then I would suggest stopping the vitamin E for a time to see if that clears up the problem. If not, then it could be a sign of a bleeding problem and should be checked out by your primary care doctor.
In the meantime, for the eye discomfort, cool compresses and/or artificial tears can help alleviate your symptoms. As long as there has been no prior eye surgery
or trauma, however, there is usually little cause for concern.
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