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Subconjunctival Hemorrhage (Bleeding in Eye) (cont.)

Medical Treatment

Usually, no treatment is required. Your ophthalmologist may prescribe artificial tears to ease any irritation that may be present.

If the injury is related to trauma, your ophthalmologist may need to examine your eye to rule out the possibility of damage to other parts of the eye.

Outlook

This condition clears by itself within one to two weeks. Usually, recovery is complete, without any long-term problems, similar to a mild bruise under the skin. Like a bruise, a subconjunctival hemorrhage changes colors (often red to orange to yellow) as it heals. A skin bruise changes to various shades of green, black and blue as it heals, because the blood is being seen though skin. Because the conjunctiva is transparent, a subconjunctival hemorrhage never has these color characteristics.

For More Information

American Academy of Ophthalmology

Medem, Inc, Medical Library, Eye Health

Picture of Subconjunctival Hemorrhage

Subconjunctival hemorrhage. Photograph courtesy of Lawrence B. Stack, MD, Vanderbilt University.
Subconjunctival hemorrhage. Photograph courtesy of Lawrence B. Stack, MD, Vanderbilt University. Click to view larger image.

Medically reviewed by William Baer, MD; Board Certified Ophthalmology


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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