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Hello, I woke up yesterday with th white my right eye not bloodshot

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Hello, I woke up yesterday with th white my right eye not bloodshot but having the 'bloody' look. I have no pain and there does not appear to b any swelling. I went to the local pharmacist in Italy (where I am vacationing). She had me buy Heparin eye drops- 1 drop twice a day, which I did yesterday and today.
It is not getting any better at all. I am concerned because I am taking a flight back to the US today and I want to know if I should take any precautions, etc.?

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Hi. My name isXXXXX and I have two decades of ophthalmology experience. I'm online and happy to answer your question today.

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It sounds like 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.

So. What is the take home message? Enjoy your flight. You are OK to travel.

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Experience: Ophthalmology since 1994 with Retina sub-specialty interest
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Customer: replied 4 years ago.

thank you for your response.

unfortunately, it came a bit late and i had to seek advice elsewhere.

in any case, your advice was right on track and concurs with what i heard.

thanks again

My Pleasure.

Sorry for the delay. I am on a 1,800 mile road trip to my oldest son's HS graduation so I've not been online much lately.

Have a good day and let me know if there is anything else I can do for you in the future.