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My daughter woke up with one bloodshot red eye. Our doctor

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my daughter woke up with one bloodshot red eye. Our doctor gave her drops but saw no infection.No itching or oozing. She does remember splashing a few drops of Clinique Clarifying lotion inher eye the day before. Should she stop the antibiotic drops and just wait for it to clear?
Dr. Rick :

Hi. I'm online and happy to answer your question today.

Dr. Rick :

It sounds like your daughter has a subconjunctival hemorrhage.

Customer:

So you don't think it could be the alcohol/glycerin based clariying lotion?

Dr. Rick :

No. I don't

Dr. Rick :

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.


Customer:

The doctor did put some orange drops in her eye and used a light to determine there were no scratches

Dr. Rick :

I think it's "cute" how general docs like to play ophthalmologist......I don't understand it. I don't play general doc by treating heart attacks :)

Dr. Rick :

Save the drops for something else....they are a waste of time for this condition.

Customer:

Haha. Well said. so the veiny quality to the redeye is part of it

Dr. Rick :

yes

Customer:

thank you so much. Btw, is this the same as 'broken blood vessel'?

Customer:

oh wait..u said that. never mind. Thank you and have a nice night!

Dr. Rick :

I guess that means I have to split the payment with you, eh? lol!

Dr. Rick :

yes, it is.

Customer:

Very clever. Smart AND funny.

Dr. Rick :

You too....

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Customer:

No tips though

Dr. Rick :

Now, tell my wife that, please.

Dr. Rick :

ok.

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