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Subconjunctival Hemorrhage (Bleeding in Eye)

Subconjunctival Hemorrhage Overview

The conjunctiva is the thin, moist, transparent membrane that covers the white part of the eye (called the sclera) and the inside of the eyelids. The conjunctiva is the outermost protective coating of the eyeball.

The conjunctiva contains nerves and many small blood vessels. These blood vessels are usually barely visible but become larger and more visible if the eye is inflamed. These blood vessels are somewhat fragile, and their walls may break easily, resulting in a subconjunctival hemorrhage (bleeding under the conjunctiva). A subconjunctival hemorrhage appears as a bright red or dark red patch on the sclera.

Medically Reviewed by a Doctor on 4/9/2014

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Subconjunctival hemorrhage is defined as blood between the conjunctiva and the sclera, and it is involved in the differential diagnosis of a red eye.

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