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Subconjunctival Hemorrhage


A subconjunctival hemorrhage is when blood collects under the conjunctiva in your eye. The conjunctiva is the clear lining that covers the white part of your eye. The blood comes from broken blood vessels under the conjunctiva.


Care for your eye:

  • Cold or warm compress: Use a cold pack during the first 24 hours. Ask how often to apply it and for how long each time. After the first 24 hours, apply a warm pack on your eye. Do this 3 times each day for about 10 to 15 minutes each time.
  • Eyedrops: You may need artificial tears to keep your eye moist. Use the drops as directed.
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Follow up with your healthcare provider or eye specialist as directed:

Write down your questions so you remember to ask them during your visits.

Contact your healthcare provider or eye specialist if:

  • The redness in your eye has not gone away after 3 weeks.
  • You have another subconjunctival hemorrhage.
  • You have subconjunctival hemorrhages in both eyes.
  • You have questions or concerns about your condition or care.

Return to the emergency department if:

  • You have eye pain or sensitivity to light.
  • Your vision changes.
  • You have white or yellow discharge from your eye.

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