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About half of the part of my right eye is bloodshot. It

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About half of the white part of my right eye is bloodshot. It seems to have increased significantly over the last few hours. It is not simply redness. Is this bleeding in the eye? There has been no trauma to the eye and it doesn't affect vision or bother me too much.
Do I need to be concerned? Should I seek immediate attention?
Submitted: 4 years ago.
Category: Eye
Expert:  Dr. Dan B. replied 4 years ago.
Doctor DanB : Hello and thanks for your question. Does the redness look like red cracks in a sidewalk or a confluent patch of blood?
Doctor DanB : It sounds like this is more of a confluent redness in which case this is likely some bleeding in the superficial tissues of the eye called s sub conjunctival hemorrhage. This is essentially 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. Warfarin (coumadin) is one of the most common drugs that cause this. However, taking Plavix, 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. However, as any bruise, these can happen without taking any of these blood-thinning medications. 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, straining against a bowel movement or trauma to the eye. If you are not taking any of these medicines or vitamins and/or you've not had any of these pressure causing events, then having multiple episodes of this could be a sign of a bleeding problem and should be checked out by your primary care doctor.In the meantime, if there is any 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. These hemorrhages will usually resolve in 1-3 weeks spontaneously, as any bruise would.
Doctor DanB : Does this make sense? Does this information help address your concerns? Do you have any other questions about this? It appears as though you are not in the chat room currently. I am happy to be able to help you today. I will also be happy to answer any other questions until you have the information you need. If you would like to ask further questions or clarification regarding anything I've said, please let me know and I will be happy to address your concerns when I return to see if you've responded. If your concerns have been resolved... Your feedback is important to me and will help me improve my encounter with future customers. Please rate your encounter with me by providing positive feedback (by pressing the smiley face); any positive feedback and/or bonus you may feel prompted to provide would be welcomed and is appreciated. If you feel like your concerns are not resolved or you have a problem or issue with anything I have said or haven’t said, please don’t issue a negative feedback rating—My goal is your satisfaction and I would rather work together to solve your concerns, until you are satisfied, than have you leave our encounter unhappy and unsatisfied. My opinion is solely informative and does not constitute a formal medical opinion or recommendation. For a formal medical opinion and/or recommendation you must see an eye doctor. Thanks for your inquiry!

Am I in immediate distress or can I wait until after the weekend?


Do I need to go to an emergency room this weekend?


The overly simplistic answer of "recommend you see an eye doctor" is what a layman could/would say -- no special training needed. What I was seeking was whether I had a problem that required immediate attention particularly because it was after midnight on Friday night with the weekend coming up. I was essentially left in the same position as if I had not asked the question.

Doctor DanB : I'm sorry you thought this was such a useless service. I intended to convey that sentiment with the phrase, "As long as there has been no prior eye surgery or trauma, however, there is usually little cause for concern. These hemorrhages will usually resolve in 1-3 weeks spontaneously, as any bruise would."

I am not sure what happened to your answer as I did not see what you said here. All I saw on the screen was one line which recommended seeing an eye doctor. Had I seen your entire answer, I would have been quite satisfied. Given the formatting problem or my ineptness, I was dissatisfied as I was looking for a timely answer to see if I needed to go to the Emergency Room - not a pleasant thought at 1 a.m.


I may have just responded without finishing my thought - I will try to repeat it for completeness.


I appreciate the completeness of your answer but the lack of timeliness (because of the site or my ability to use it (I am not a computer rookie)) was not satisfactory. The answer once received was very thorough. I have a dilemma as to how to rate the service. Advice - good; timeliness - problematic.

Doctor DanB : I can certainly understand your dilemma. I'm sorry that you were not able to see my whole answer. The bugs in this system can be frustrating. What's most important is whether you have the information you need. Do you have any other questions about this?