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The outer corner of my right eye has been red for 5 days,

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the outer corner of my right eye has been red for 5 days, what should i do?
Submitted: 5 years ago.
Category: Eye
Expert:  Dr. Rick replied 5 years ago.
Dr. Rick :

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

Dr. Rick :

How did you first notice the redness?

Is there any pain or discharge?

Expert:  Dr. Rick replied 5 years ago.
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Dr. Rick : Hi. I'm online and happy to answer your question today.
Dr. Rick : How did you first notice the redness?
Is there any pain or discharge?
Expert:  Dr. Rick replied 5 years ago.
Hi. Are you there?
Were you able to see what I typed?
Expert:  Dr. Rick replied 5 years ago.
My screen shows you are online and that you have reviewed the things I have typed.
I am happy to answer your question but, since many things can cause redness of the eyes I would like more information so I give you a focused answer.
I await your reply......
Expert:  Dr. Rick replied 5 years ago.
Let me answer your question to the best of my ability with the information you have provided.....
You have experienced a sub conjunctival hemorrhage, a common event that occurs to many people.
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.
Does this make sense to you?
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Thanks in advance,
Dr. Rick