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I am 53 yr F, with relapsing polychondritis and peripheral

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i am 53 yr F, with relapsing polychondritis and peripheral nueropathy, and hashimotos.
i noticed a red spot of blolod in the sclera of my right eye 8 days ago, that looked like someone had drawn with red marker. about the size of a poopy seed. there is no pain or difficulty with vision. my eyes are quite dry from autoimmune diease but i use drops regulary.
i believe it is a burst vessel, but was not coughing, sneezing, or lifting. it is eight days after, and the spot, now smaller, is still there. i do get pain in my left eye, and docs are not sure of the cause. i have used pred drops in the past to good effect. my right eye has always been fine.
my mom had temporal arteritis and became blind in her left eye, after the disease was caught too late.
i am taking medrol 4 mg, and usually imuran 75, but went off imuran for 3 months as my dog has MRSA.
i beleive this is harmless, but wanted to make sure. perahps it is not ehaling as quickly from the medrol? also, it is common for the eyes to be invovled with RP. i am away for vacation, as is my opthomologist, so any advice will be appreciated. also, i am not diabetic, and am thin.
thank you
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Dr. Rick :

you are correct...this is a harmless subconjunctival hemorrhage.

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.

Dr. Rick :

I suggest you stop the pred eye drops. They are not necessary can can have some nasty side effects.

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Customer: replied 5 years ago.

thank you,

i am not using any pred drops just now, only moisturing drops.

i havent used any pred drops for 2-3 years.

Ya.....Sorry about that. I noticed my mistake when I re-read your post :o)