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I have what looks like a burst blood vessel in my right eye,

on the cornea (white part)...
I have what looks like a burst blood vessel in my right eye, on the cornea (white part), no pain. It appeared on Sunday, 4 days ago. No pain. No history of high blood pressure. It has dispersed a bit, but still looks very creepy. I am 63 years old and have no pre-existing conditions. Should I see a doctor?
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What you have experienced is called a subconjunctival hemorrhage. It is very common and is nothing to be concerned about.

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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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There is no need to seek medical attention for this condition....you will be just fine.

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Good afternoon. Welcome to chat. I was just answering your question.

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Yes, it does. I thought that it's nothing to worry about, but it looks so vampire-ish I was starting to freak out a bit. I feel so much better now. Thank you.

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